Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 19.1-7
2 Samuel 19.1-7
Then it was told Joab, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourns for Absalom.” 2 The victory that day was turned to mourning for all the people, for the people heard it said that day, “The king is grieved for his son.” 3 So the people went by stealth into the city that day, as people who are humiliated steal away when they flee in battle. 4 The king covered his face and cried out with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!” 5 Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives, and the lives of your concubines, 6 by loving those who hate you, and by hating those who love you. For you have shown today that princes and servants are nothing to you; for I know this day that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased. 7 Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the Lord, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”
I hate death! It is a reality we live with, but a sad one at that. David mourns the death of his son and rightly so. He responded similarly to the way he did when he heard of Saul’s death. Absalom had rebelled against David, the Lord’s anointed, but even still David grieves his death. God says, “As surely as I live…I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! Why should you die, O house of Israel?” God would have much rather seen Absalom turn from his rebellious ways.
David has to be careful though. His soldiers just risked their lives to save David’s life and kingdom. Joab intervenes to help David see that he needs to be thankful to his soldiers for the battle they won. Joab takes a risk here to confront his friend his friend, but it definitely is the right thing. Joab understands David’s weeping and he should, but he cannot forget the men who risked their lives on his behalf. He must thank them. If he doesn’t there will be consequences. Sometimes there is a need for a Joab to confront. We must be willing to do that.
Weekly Memory Verse: For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1.21