Shawn Merithew - February 9, 2020

Foolish Schemes and Manipulations


Some read this chapter and say “Joab is helping David and Absalom be reconciled. The chapter ends with a benevolent Father and a sinful son reunited. Isn't this just like the parable of the prodigal son?” NO IT IS NOT! That parable is a beautiful representation of a son's humble repentance and a father's loving forgiveness. Neither dynamic is found here. Here we have the circumspect return of an unrepentant murderer to Israel's center of power. It is a story full of foreboding.

Scripture References: 2 Samuel 14:1-33

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