2 Samuel 14

2 Samuel 14 is all about family restoration.  Absalom, David’s son, has been on the run since he killed Amnon.  But Joab, one of David’s trusted servants, wants to devise a scheme to reunite the king and his outcast son.  So he brings in a wise woman from Tekoa who is sent to David to play out a scheme and force some action in this standoff between king and son.  She comes to David with an elaborate story and then confronts David that he is the focus on the story and the villain.

She says “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in giving this decision the king convicts himself, inasmuch as the king does not bring his banished one home again”.  Pretty gutsy move – accusing the king.  But she did manage to get David’s attention.  He sees through the plot and asks “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this”?  David is pretty discerning and figures out that Joab is behind it.  The woman doesn’t lie or deny it – she knows she is playing with her life here.

So she says “In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this”.  Joab took a risk.  He stuck his neck way out to try and drive a change in the strained relationship between king and his son.  And it worked.  David tells Joab to “bring back the young man Absalom”.  Joab is overjoyed.  He couldn’t believe it happened.  Absalom comes but “lived apart in his own house and did not come into the king’s presence”.  Not the ideal outcome for Absalom, and after a couple years he wants a hearing with the king.

So he reaches out to Joab, once, twice, three times with no response.  Then Absalom does something bold.  He tells his servants “Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire”.  That certainly gets his attention and Joab shows up and hears what Absalom wants from him – to get him an audience with the king.  Joab obliges and “he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom”.  Seems like a good reunion.  We’ll see how long it lasts.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Larry Patrick Johnson on April 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Powerful story, redemption unto your father……… but the Father loves the outcast son, even in his disgrace, so truthfully the Father is the true beneficiary here. In my humble opinion. There is nothing like the return of the Son to the Father, also in my humble opinion.


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