2 Samuel 15-18
In Chapters 15-18, Absalom begins to petition and plot to overthrow this father King David, the hurt, anger, and the sin of unforgiveness has blinded him to the love he truly has for his Father. 2 Samual 15:2 “And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And when he said, “Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel,” Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.” Then Absalom would say, “Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.” After 4 years he has a huge following and is ready to overthrow and kill his father, King David. A war is waged and ultimately King David’s men take the life of Absalom.
2 Samuel 18:5 “And the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders about Absalom.
How does what you read change your vision of God? This impacted me because the sinful lack of forgiveness destroyed their relationship, and ultimately lead to Absalom’s death. I think of how we can hold grudges and hurt that not only damage our relationship with the people we care about but also damage our relationship with God. We feel justified in our anger, (sin) and therefore justified in how ever we chose to react.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? To keep communication open, to talk and share my feelings, hurts, and to be open about my sin. To let God in, and let His servants, (my brothers and sisters in Christ) help me and for me to help them as well.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?) I see Jesus in David’s unconditional love for his son, wanting his life spared, he forgave his son, just as Jesus forgave his betrayers.