2 Sam 14. The players in the story: Joab, Absalom, David and the woman of Tekoa. Absalom has been absent for three years after avenging the mistreatment of his sister Tamar. Chapter 14 is Joab’s daring initiative. He enlists the woman of Tekoa to tell a fictional story to king David. David decrees the son of this story should be spared.
2 Sam 14:14. Bringing back the banished one. We shall surely die ..... God does not take away,life but plans ways so that the banished one may not e cast out from Him.
David realizes Joab put her up to this story. David does bring back Absalom but he cannot see the king's face for two full years. Absalom has designs on the kingdom itself, 15:1-6.
Beware of the wages of sin, 2 Sam 18:5-9. Absalom finds himself stuck in an oak tree and Joab runs him through with his sword. A life of rebellion and ingratitude ends in disaster... the wages of sin.
This is the story of the Bible. God devised a plan so that those separated from him by sin will not be banished forever. Absalom was the king's son, lived in a palace and was banished from a rich life for 3 years. Imagine that, but then imagine being banished from God for eternity!
Oh to grace how great a debtor! The great favor of the merciful king! It is only because our sentence was commuted and God brought the banished one back that we have the hope we have.
We need to ensure we avoid the Absalom ingratitude response. We cannot forget where we came from, where we could’ve stayed and what we now have. How quickly we forget. We must not forget!
Deut. 8:7-18. The call to remember. Is it just human nature that we forget and take things for granted? It’s been so many years since we were baptized and had our sins forgiven, have we forgotten what He has done for us and what He has yet to do for us? He is our shepherd, we shall not want.
Let us pursue gratitude. Let us pursue the qualities found in 1 Pet. Let us do so because we remember the debt paid for us.