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  • Writer's pictureIsrael Ekundayo


2 Sam 14:32 – And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.

Insight and Highlight

David tried to hide his son's sin while Absalom himself did not own up to his sin.

Proverbs 28:13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Scripture Commentaries

Amnon, Absalom's half-brother had committed a grievous sin of rape and incest against Tamar, Absalom's sister. Both Absalom and Tamar are children of David by the same mother but Amnon, also born to David was by another mother.

Absalom ordered the execution of Amnon, a plan he had for two years, 2 Sam 13:28-29.

Absalom fled to the kingdom of Geshur, a kingdom controlled by his grandfather Talmai, he was there for three years. He did this with the knowledge of David in order to escape judgment for the murder of Amnon. Though David mourned for Amnon every day, he still longed to go to Absalom in Geshur, 2 Sam 13:38-39

Under the law, Amnon's execution by Absalom was not justifiable. Exodus 22:16 -- If a man seduces a virgin who is not pledged to be married and sleeps with her, he must pay the bride price, and she shall be his wife.

This is corroborated in Deut 22:28-29 Suppose a man comes across a virgin who is not engaged and takes hold of her and sleeps with her and they are discovered.

The man who has slept with her must pay her father fifty shekels of silver and she must become his wife. Because he has humiliated her, he may never divorce her as long as he lives., Romans 1:32.

Absalom's words in 2 Sam 14:32 were more of a cause for concern. He said "....and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.

Here, Absalom spoke as if he had not committed any sin worthy of punishment.

The life of David and his son Absalom is a lesson for overindulgent parents.

David loved Absalom to the point of wishing to die in the place of this rebellious son.

2 Sam 18:33. His love was outrageous.

David's subjects were divided over whether David loved Absalom more than the nation he was enthroned over.

David indulged Absalom, he hid him from punishment, Absalom himself walked away hiding himself for three years, and spoke as if nothing had happened. He could not hide or be hidden from God. He died a gruesome death, 2 Sam 18:14-15.

You cannot cover the sin of a child. Train him up now in the way of God, Prov 22:6. You cannot cover your own sin either. Repent now, if you fail to do so, your sin will find you out, Numb 32:23.

No one can hide from God!

Remorse corner

Though David tried to avoid punishment for Absalom, both his punishment and that of his son could not be averted. Absalom was a vessel of wrath for the household of David. He was a terror to David's kingship and he died a terror's death.

Call to Word action

The scripture warns us saying there is punishment for the evildoers and those who have pleasure in them that do it.

Romans 1:32 --' Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them.🔹

The Christian clarion duty

We must live to fear God. Absalom had no regard for God's law. He wanted the death penalty for Amnon, though the law did not require it. He did not think the death penalty was appropriate for himself, though he is a murderer. He was not remorseful, with no virtue of repentance.


Lord, help me to make Godly choices. May our children do not make wrong choices in life.

Let me not be an object of your wrath.

Let not our children be objects of your wrath and judgment in Jesus' name.

Good morning all and have a blessed day.

God bless you.

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