05/17/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapters 16-18

In these chapters we have so much military and political intrigue that it reminded me of an episode from the political thriller “House of Cards.”   I found reading the chapters captivating.  Two particular two points struck me:

  1. The details of Absolom’s plans to kill David and the advice of Ahithophel and Hushai are intensive.  However, the results of this planning and the future of Israel is summarized in one verse:   2 Samuel 17:14  Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.   AS in some many of David’s victories Absolom’s defeat is the result that God willed.
  2. David’s sorry at Absolom’s death as detailed in 2 Samuel 18: 33    33 The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!

I reflect on a point — surely David was grieved by the death of his son.  But did now the full-weight of Nathan’s prophecy and the result of his sins involving Bathsheba settle upon him?

2 Samuel 12:11-12    11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’

1 comment

  • missliz

    Was David also mourning the neglect of his son? His own failures as a father? His inattentiveness surely contributed to who Absalom was but in the end Absalom made his own choices, including choosing the advice of an unreliable advisor.

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