The Restoration of Absalom

2 Sam 14:1-33

After the events that led to the killing of Amnon and the fleeing of Absalom, today we saw how with the help of Joab, Absalom was restored back to David. There seems to be something that subtleness reveals about David’s real heart despite the difference in his outward acts. His heart seems to reveal a real connection with the will of God, his nature and character.

Using a subtle method, by employing a professional mourner, Joab was able to reveal that the King still loved Absalom and would love to have him back in Jerusalem. With the woman who went with a hypothetical scenario revealing that David would spare the only living son of a woman whose two sons fought and one was killed by the other. It revealed that just as God is a God of restoration, who would banish but not expel forever, David too would be willing to have the wayward reconciled, in a similar merciful nature as God.

So after the king had discovered Joab was behind the woman’s action, he told him to bring Absalom back. although when Absalom came back, the king would not see him for two whole years. As humans, doing what we think and know is right might be harder to face than we imagined, our hearts at times need time to fully heal. Eventually, however, David met with Absalom and welcomed his wayward son back with a kiss.

God is also waiting all day long for you. Though he banishes in anger, he would not expel forever. Return today wayward child to the father’s arms, and he would plant his kiss of love on you.

Some verses to remember

vs 14: For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

vs 33:  So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

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