Read thru Old Testament Devotional – April 25, 2017

April 25


2 Samuel 13-14


The Rebellion of David’s son Absalom                    2 Samuel 13-19     


2 Samuel 13:1-39-David's son Amnon raped his step-sister Tamar.  They were both the children of David…but by different women.  It was against the Mosaic law for there to be a marriage between a man and his half-sister (Leviticus 18:11).  By law, David should have had Amnon put to death (Leviticus 20:17)…but he didn’t.  Perhaps this was because Amnon was his firstborn (1 Chronicles 3:1) and was heir to his crown.  Tamar’s brother (by the same woman), Absalom waited 2 years and then had Amnon murdered.  Initially, David received and incorrect report that Absalom had killed all of David’s sons.  Absalom fled the country for 3 years.  He knew that his father would probably have to fulfill the law and have him executed if he stayed.  Eventually, David accepted the fact that Amnon was dead...and at the same time he began to miss Absalom.

2 Samuel 14:1-33-Joab realized that David missed Absalom.  He deceived David into allowing him to come back with a much less severe penalty.  David realized that Joab was the one who was trying to get Absalom back.  Absalom was the most handsome man in all of Israel (:25).  He had long hair that he only cut once each year (what was cut off weighted 3½-4 lbs.).  Absalom had 3 sons, and 1 daughter, that he named Tamar.  Absalom lived in Jerusalem for 2 more years before David allowed him to come into his presence.  During this time, Absalom became bitter towards David.  Here he was, back in Jerusalem, but still not allowed to come into David’s presence.  Finally, he convinced Joab to go to David in his behalf.  David then decided to be reunited with Absalom.  However, the damage to their relationship had already been done.


Prayer: Lord, I pray for my children as they raise their own children.  There are so many pressures and temptations that they face.  I pray that You would help them to be a godly, Christ-like example that their children will see.  I pray that You would give them wisdom to know how to guide and direct them as they grow.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to their hearts and that they will hear and obey.  I pray that each one of them will accept Christ while they are children…and will live for Him all the days of their lives.  I pray that You will give each of them a godly spouse and that their marriages will last their entire lifetimes.  And, I pray that You would let our family be a godly lineage…that all of our descendants will be saved…a family that brings glory and praise to You!25

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