David and Absalom

In the case of David and Absalom, the same father's heart is shown in David. Only in this case, David is persuaded by the 'Wise Woman of Tekoa" at the prompting of Joab, to use his power. The results are very instructive.

In the Law of Moses, there are very definite instructions on dispensing justice. The aim of these is clearly stated as So shall thou put away evil from among you [Israel]. Here is an instance in Deuteronomy where this principle is mentioned.

De 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

In the case of Absalom, justice was not done. Absalom was guilty of murder, but not punished. He was only banished and after hearing the 'wise woman', David decided to bring Absalom home. So for his sin, Absalom was not judged or put away but instead was forgiven without having repented!

Absalom was never confronted with his sin. He was never challenged to confess and repent; and never formally forgiven and healed. He simply had his banishment [a type of sentence of death, or of the second death] cancelled. He was never allowed to see David. That is he could not come into the presence of his father.

David failed to put away evil, with disastrous consequences. Even after the rebellion and civil war, David wished to spare his life. Yet Joab, perhaps regretting his earlier mistake, slew Absalom. David used his power, and perverted justice. What did it get him but more trouble! In the end there was neither justice nor mercy served.

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