June 4, 2011
SONS OF THE SWORD
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Absalom the Traitor. At this point, Absalom had the blood of his half-brother Amnon on his hands and he fled to Geshur and the protection offered by Talmai of his mother’s family. Abasalom was the thirdborn son of David, after firstborn Amon whom he killed, and the secondborn Chileab, the son of Abigail (2 Samuel 3:2-3, page 496). David mourned for the separation from his son Absalom every day (2 Samuel 13:24-37, Page 513). After a period of three years, Joab conceived a plan using the woman from Tekoa to convince David that Absalom should be brought back to Jerusalem, and allowed to live (2 Samuel 14:1-20, Pages 514-515). The plan worked, and David permitted Absalom to return. Over a period of many years, Absalom fomented rebellion and stole the hearts of the men of Israel away from King David (2 Samuel 15:1-6, Page 516). Absalom then seized power and David had to flee Jerusalem (2 Samuel 7-18, pages 516-517). Absalom took possession of both the city and his father’s concubines. He set up a tent on the roof, and used those concubines to make himself odious to his father David (2 Samuel 16, Pages 519-520). David gathered his forces, and sent them against Absalom under the command of Joab. Twenty thousand men of Israel fell in the ensuing battle, and Joab killed Absalom, disregarding the direct command of David to spare the life of Absalom (2 Samuel 18:1-19, Pages 522-523). Upon hearing the news of Absalom’s death, David lapsed into grief-stricken depression (2 Samuel 18:24-19-7, pages 5243-525). The sword had now struck down the second son of David, but had not yet departed from his house. Furthermore, just as Nathan prophesied, what David had done sexually in private, his son Absalom had done to his concubines before all Israel.
Adonijah the Supplanter. As David grew old, Adonijah his fourthborn son exalted himself and Joab and Abiathar the priest supported his bid for the throne (1 Kings 1:1-7, page 539). Meanwhile, Bathsheba heard from Nathan the prophet about the rise of Adonijah and immediately sought an audience with King David (1 Kings 1:11-14, pages 539-540). She reminded David that he had promised her that their son Solomon would be the next king (1 Kings 1:15-27, page 540). David directed Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet to anoint Solomon king over Israel (1 Kings 1:28-37, Pages 540-541). Solomon immediately took the throne and Adonijah begged for his own life. Solomon spared Adonijah’s life, but told him “Go to your house” (1 Kings 1:49-53, page 542). After Solomon became King, David died (1 Kings 2:1-12, pages 542-543). Solomon’s kingdom was firmly established (1 Kings 2:12, page 543). Adonijah then sent his mother, Bathsheba, to Solomon and asked for Abishag, the maid of David, to become his wife. Solomon discerned the rebellious motives of Adonijah and killed Adonijah by the hand of Benaiah (1 Kings 2:19-27, pages 543-544). The sword had now taken a third son of David.
So we learn more about fathers and their role in daily devotions.
● Being a father in Christ means that sexual sins have a profound and terrible result in your life, both today and tomorrow. David suffered the death of that child born of adultery, and then suffered even more later with his own sons. Children learn how to act sexually from their fathers.
● Being a father in Christ means that you your sexual sins can have effects upon your children. Likewise, your patterns of behavior will influence the behavior of your children.
● Being a father in Christ means you must continue to love God and trust His blessings, even if your children stray from the truth.
Application for Today
David and his sons remind us of how powerful sexual sin can be. Nathan the prophet confronted David concerning his sin, and David repented and turned to the Lord for forgiveness. Even so, serious consequences continued for David and his sons. Will you avoid sexual sins today? Will you repent of your sinful behavior and know God loves to forgive sinners today?