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                         II Samuel 14

II Samuel 13 brought us the beginning of the carrying out of David's punishment prophesied by Father through His prophet Nathan back in II Samuel 12. Because of David's sins of adultery with Bath-sheba and the murder of her husband Uriah the Hittite and subsequent death of the Company of soldiers around Uriah, by sending him to the hottest part of the battle against the Ammonites and then having Israel's Army which was engaged in the battle with him withdraw just enough to leave he and the Company of men supporting him exposed to the Ammonite archers. Father told David that the sword would never depart from his house, meaning that violence would forever be a part of his earthly family; evilness would also forever be a part of his family, which we saw in the last chapter by way of the rape of his 15 year old daughter Tamar by her older step-brother--David's oldest son--Amnon, and then the rightful slaying of Amnon by his step-brother, Tamar's older full-brother Absalom; and though he and bath-sheba lay together in secrecy, one of his neighbors (meaning one of his sons) would lay with his wives in public.

David has no one to blame for this evil which will come upon he and his household but himself; but, like most of us in the flesh, once the punishment begins, it's hard to accept and that is exactly what David will experience here in II Samuel 14.

We'll also see in this chapter, the return of David's third--now second--oldest son, Absalom who desires to return to Jerusalem after having stayed in Geshur for the past three years. Absalom will test the waters so to speak, to find out if there is still desire in his father's heart to kill him because he avenged his sister's rape by slaying Amnon. This testing of the waters will be accomplished by his contacting his cousin Joab, Commanding General of the Israelite Army - David's sister's son, and asking him to inquire as to whether it's safe to return. So, now that we're up to speed, let's get to it, II Samuel 14:1:

2:1-24:25 KING DAVID. (Division)
5:1-24:25 The Kingdom. United.
5:1-24:25 KINGDOM UNITED. (Introversion with Alternations.)
10:6-20:22 Wars and events:
13:1-14:33 AMNON’S SIN. (Introversion and Extended Alternation.)
13:23-14:24 Absalom’s revenge.
13:29-14:27 Commotions.
13:29-14:27 COMMOTIONS. (Divisions.)
14:1-33 Absalom’s recall.
14:1-33 ABSALOM’S RECALL. (Introversions.)
14:1 David’s heart toward Absalom.

II Samuel 14:1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king's heart was toward Absalom.   ->  
Toward=This word in the Strong’s Concordance is Hebrew word number H5921 - על, - ‛al, pronounced – al, and means: Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications: - above, according to (-ly), after, (as) against, among, and, X as, at, because of, beside (the rest of), between, beyond the time, X both and, by (reason of), X had the charge of, concerning for, in (that), (forth, out) of, (from) (off), (up-) on, over, than, through (-out), to, touching, X with., so let’s re-read this verse and add this “against” into it, and replace the word “towards” with it – "Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was against Absalom," and this, then, better fits with what we'll see and learn as we get further on in this chapter, for, even after David does allow Absalom to return, it'll still be another full 2 years before he can see his father.

Joab=Also, don't overlook another key issue here. Joab--as David knows--had murdered Abner for the self-defense death of Joab's younger brother Asahel, likewise also, Joab knows that Bath-sheba's husband Uriah's death was actually murder on David's behalf, as it was he and he alone who received and read David's letter commanding him to send Uriah to the hottest spot in the battle against the Ammonites in order that he be killed. So, what I'm trying to say is, this - anything that Joab does for the king will have a price tag on it, for he has the hidden secret of Uriah's death in his mind to hold against David. Yes, Joab can see that now that Absalom has been gone for three years living with his grandfather, the king of Geshur, his mother's father. David had very little time for Joab and Joab sensed the distance between them. So, on the surface this verse appears that Joab was trying to help his uncle David, by bringing Absalom back to Jerusalem.

14:2-3 Joab’s stratagem planned.

II Samuel 14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah (a stockade), and fetched thence a wise woman, and said unto her, “I pray thee, feign thyself to be a mourner, and put on now mourning apparel, and anoint not thyself with oil, but be as a woman that had a long time mourned for the dead:   ->  
Joab sent one of his servants to Tekoah to bring this woman to him who is never named in Father’s Word, in order to "feign" or pretend to "play the part of a woman in mourning." Notice the word “wise woman” in this verse? Wise in the Strong’s Concordance is the same as “subtil” used in the last chapter II Samuel 13 when describing Jonadab, and also in Genesis 3 when describing satan in his role as the serpent who tempted Eve. So, this is going to pretend to be a mourner, sort of like what an  actor does today, they play the role of someone that he or she is not. No doubt this woman was a good actress, and, Joab knew her from some roles he had witnessed her playing in the past. So, Joab told her to come to Jerusalem dressed-up and made-up to play the role of a woman in mourning for the loss of a loved one. Joab has a special plan for this woman, and that plan is to go before David to plead with him and present a parable before him, much like Nathan in II Samuel 12, when Father sent Nathan to trap David in passing sentence upon himself via another parable for his sins of adultery and murder. Though here, Joab is sending this woman to again present a parable to David; only, this time it is to trap him into bringing back his Absalom from Geshur, where he has been for the last three years after fleeing from his home following his slaying his step-brother Amnon for the rape of his younger sister Tamar. Why is Joab being secretive and not going before his uncle himself? Because like his uncle David, who has been hiding the fact that he and his now wife Bath-sheba had an affair before her husband was killed in battle - murdered is more the word though. Anyway, she was pregnant and David tried to hide that pregnancy by having her husband Uriah the Hittite come home and have intercourse with Bath-sheba, when he wouldn't, that was when David had him murdered. Joab also has a murder in his past which he wants to stay hidden, and though he knows of David's murderous plot against Uriah because David had Joab carry-out that murder, Joab holds this over his uncle's head. Joab also believes that Absalom will become the next king of Israel when David dies, so, he is trying to side now with Absalom by having him sent for, knowing he'll be able to pull that card out later in order to stay in power - much the same way the man he murdered--Abner--tried to play David back in II Samuel 3.

Tekoah=Tekoah was on the edge of the hill country of Judah and is mentioned not only here in II Samuel 14; but also I and II Chronicles, Jeremiah 6:1 and Amos 1:1, it is also the home of the minor prophet Amos, who was a herdsman, and as such he therefore dwelt amongst fellow shepherds and herdsmen, as we read in Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.   ->   These herdsman were shepherds living approximately 5 miles south of Bethlehem and ten miles south of Jerusalem. In the Hebrew there was a special name for these people, "nok'dim," they were named after a special type of sheep that they bred. They were stunted, and their wool was very fine and known for its quality.

Tekoah=A town in the tribe of Judah II Chronicles 11:6. On the range of hills which rise near Hebron and stretch eastward toward the Dead Sea. Jerome says that Tekoa was six Roman miles from Bethlehem, and that as he wrote he had that village daily before his eyes. The "wise woman" whom Joab employed to effect a reconciliation between David and Absalom was obtained from this place II Samuel 14:2. Here also Ira the son of Ikkesh, one of David's thirty, "the mighty men," was born, and was called on that account "the Tekoite" II Samuel 23:26, it was one of the places which Rehoboam fortified, at the beginning of his reign, as a defence against invasion from the south II Chronicles 11:6. Some of the people from Tekoa took part in building the walls of Jerusalem, after the return from the captivity Nehemiah 3:6,27. In Jeremiah 6:1 the prophet exclaims, "Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem." But Tekoa is chiefly memorable as the birthplace Amos 7:14 of the prophet Amos. Tekoa is still as Teku'a. It lies on an elevated hill, which spreads itself out into an irregular plain of moderate extent. Various ruins exist, such as the walls of houses, cisterns, broken columns and heaps of building-stones..

II Samuel 14:3 And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him.” So Joab put the words in her mouth.   ->   After this play-actor woman arrives to see Joab, he immediately tells her of his plan for her to go before David, king of Israel and speak certain things that we'll read of in the following verses.

14:4-11 Parable. Put forth.
14:4-11 PARABLE. PUT FORTH. (Repeated Alternations.)
14:4 Woman’s importunity.

II Samuel 14:4 And when the woman of Tekoah spake to the king, she fell on her face to the ground, and did obeisance, and said, “Help, O king.”   ->   Remember, this woman is play-acting much the same as the Hittites did before Joshua and the elders of Israel back in Joshua 9, only here, this woman is pretending that she came from afar off, and her clothes are rent in the manner of one in mourning and has been in mourning for quite some time. Upon arriving in front of her captive audience - David, she immediately bows herself and falls on her face, while at the same time asking David to assist her with a situation.

14:5 King’s response.
14:5-7 Woman’s grievance.

II Samuel 14:5 And the king said unto her, “What aileth thee?” And she answered, “I am indeed a widow woman, and mine husband is dead.   ->   Upon seeing this sorry looking woman with her clothes rent lying before him, Davis asks what is wrong with her? She quickly replies that her husband has died, leaving her a widow with no one to sustain her, except her sons. We'll find out in the next verse that she has, or, had, two sons until they were out in a field together, got into an argument and then the one killed the other - remember she is telling David a fictional tale.

A widow=One of nine (nine in Biblical numerics denotes finality of judgment) widows specifically mentioned in Father's Word: Judah's daughter-in-law Tamar in Genesis 38; the woman from Tekoah here in II Samuel 14; Hiram's mother in I Kings 7:14; Zeruah in I Kings 11:26; widow of Zarephath in I Kings 17:9; the poor widow in Mark 12:42; Anna of Luke 2:37; widow of Nail of Luke 7:12; and the importunate widow of Luke 18:3.

II Samuel 14:6 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew him.   ->  
Remember, this was the story that Joab thought up for her to tell David, it is quite similar to what happened between David's own two sons - Amnon and Absalom, and, the desired outcome is for David to find judgment for the woman, as her only surviving son is her sole means of support. Though in this story, her two sons, are much like the very first murderer in Father's Word - Cain and his brother Abel, they are out in the field, and there are no witness to the fact that one son killed the other. Joab's intention is to make David realize that he is the party that she is talking about trying to kill her only remaining son because that is what David wants to happen to his son Absalom.

II Samuel 14:7 And, behold, the whole family is risen against thine handmaid, and they said, ‘Deliver him that smote his brother, that we may kill him, for the life of his brother whom he slew; and we will destroy the heir also: and so they shall quench my coal which is left, and shall not leave to my husband neither name nor remainder upon the earth.’”   ->   Remember, Amnon raped his own step-sister Tamar, which means he had incestuous intercourse with her. Both of these acts are punishable by Capital Punishment, in other words - death. David being king of Israel, means that he also sits in the "Seat of Judgment," and, as such, he should have issued the judgment of Capital Punishment against Amnon, and then ensured the sentence was carried out - especially considering that it was his own daughter Tamar who was raped; but, David, because Amnon was his oldest and possible heir apparent, failed in performing his duty, therefore his third oldest son, Tamar's older brother Absalom had to carry out the sentence, and, after doing so, David then looked upon what he did, as a crime, when in fact, he was well within his right.

The difference in what happened this woman's tale and what happened in the field between Cain and Abel is that, in the event of Cain and Abel, Cain was angry at his brother because of the Offering he made to Father, therefore Cain purposely lured his brother Abel to the field in order to kill him, in other words, it was premeditated criminal homicide, whereas in this woman's tale, her two sons were together in the field, while there they got into an argument which escalated into a fight and one ended up killing the other - not premeditated, and though yes Absalom lured his step-brother Amnon to his house in order to kill him - premeditated, it is not considered murder because he was acting in his rightful capacity as "revenger of bloods," Absalom therefore is not guilty of any crime.

14:8 King’s assurance.

II Samuel 14:8 And the king said unto the woman, “Go to thine house, and I will give charge concerning thee.”   ->  After hearing the woman's plight, David sends her away in order that he be able to think about what happened and then make a righteous judgment concerning the matter. Unbeknownst to David - yet - is that he is the family from the woman's story seeking revenge.

14:9 Woman’s importunity.

II Samuel 14:9 And the woman of Tekoah said unto the king, “My lord, O king, the iniquity be on me, and on my father's house: and the king and his throne be guiltless.”   ->   The king and his throne be guiltless=Either Joab knew what David would do and say; or, this is one shrewd woman - now remember, she was described as being "wise" and as I pointed out in the Hebrew that is the same word as "subtil." She is trying to tell David that, no matter his judgment, he will not be held accountable, and it's on her shoulders.

14:10 King’s assurance.

II Samuel 14:10 And the king said, “Whosoever saith ought unto thee, bring him to me, and he shall not touch thee any more.”   ->   The trap has been laid, the spring has been tripped and now the jaws are about to come crashing closed upon the unsuspecting victim.
The king has just sworn his protection to this woman, and, without his knowing it, he has sworn an oath that even protects her from the actions of himself - the king. She has smoothly protected herself from when David finally realizes that this whole thing was a sham.

14:11 Woman’s grievance.
14:11 King’s assurance.

II Samuel 14:11 Then said she, “I pray thee, let the king remember the LORD thy God, that thou wouldest not suffer the revengers of blood to destroy any more, lest they destroy my son.” And he said, “As the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of thy son fall to the earth.”   ->   She isn't through him just yet either,
for, though she already has his sworn word on the matter; now, she is further requiring him to swear an oath on it as well – As the LORD liveth=Yes, she got that oath from him and we’ll further see that as this plays out, it will apply to David’s own son Absalom. Now, normally David has a good mind, and was able to see through things like this; however, this time this woman was so smooth, that she caused him to swear the oath before he understood what this whole thing was about.

Revengers of blood=The law concerning the revenger of blood can be found in Numbers 35:19,21,24,25 and 27. It states basically that should somebody willfully commit premeditated murder of another person, then the Revenger has the right to slay the murderer. Revenger=As used here in the Strong’s Concordance is Hebrew word H1305 Ga’-al and means: To redeem (according to oriental law of kinship) i.e. to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relatives property, marry his widow, etc.) to do or perform the part of near or next of kin, to purchase, redeem or revenge.. Our Ga’-al (Christ Jesus) not only redeems us from all evil, but He also avenges us of all our enemies. We can find this in Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?   ->   When we are "in Christ;" and, serve Father, there is no power which can stand against us; not on earth, nor in heaven, not even satan or evil spirits can stand against us. Jesus gave us His power--in His name--in Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. [10:20] Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.. [8:32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?   ->   Our Father Who became flesh, do you think that He had to allow those Kenite priests to plan and murder His only begotten Son – Him in the flesh? Did He find joy as they took Jesus and mocked Him, scourged and hung Him on that cross? Joy, no; however, it was His plan from the beginning that He should do this for us. Had He wanted to protect Jesus Christ, He could have sent an army of angels there to protect Him. But brethren, because of the love that Father has for each of his children, and that includes you and I; He freely gave His only Begotten Son to pay the price of blood sacrifice that is required for the covering and remission of your and my sins. If He would not spare His Son, and He made you a promise that He will intercede and take care of all of your weaknesses, how in the world could you ever doubt and question our Heavenly Fathers commitment that He has made to you? On that day when Jesus hung on the cross and the people mocked and spit upon Christ, God watch those events in love for you. He waited patiently for the price to be paid. Then Jesus said with a loud voice, "It is finished," and gave up His Spirit. His flesh body died, and the price for all those sins we commit was paid at that instant. Though the price is paid by the shedding of Jesus blood on the cross, it still requires you to reach out and take it, and you do that by your belief in Jesus, and your repentance of your sins in Jesus name. Jesus blood that was shed is the price and your credentials to approach our heavenly Father, and that is why every prayer that you ever pray to the Father must be in Jesus Christ's name. This also gives all the "free will" souls the right to have that grace, which is the unmerited favor in the eyes and presence of God. The "elect of God" were not given this in the first earth age, but it was given because they earned it when they took a stand against satan at his rebellion against God. God doesn't play favorites amongst His children. This is not a matter of being better than anyone else, but it is a matter of trust between you and our Heavenly Father. It means that you have been tested and that you spiritually have stood the test. When you get the point of understanding what God has created for us, then you will see that God has withheld nothing from us. God gives us all things freely that we need to accomplish His work, and His purpose that is His plan, that is given for the good of all people. [8:33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.   ->   Paul is asking, who can bring any charge against you, when Father is the judge? For His chosen ones whom He has already judged at the end of the First Earth Age, Paul is asking, what are you worried about? [8:34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.   ->   It is Christ Who died and defeated our adversary – satan; and, He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, and, He watches over His entire earth observing everything, including you; and, He knows what you have need of. He sits on the Right-hand of Father and stands ready to intercede for us when satan makes an accusation against us. Therefore, only a poor faithless individual would worry; but, when you come to understand what you have going for you in the powers in Heaven in Jesus Christ, and on Earth in the Holy Spirit, you, my Friend, should have joy bursting out all over you.

14:12-17  Parable. Applied.

II Samuel 14:12 Then the woman said, “Let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak one word unto my lord the king.” And he said, “Say on.”   ->   This woman's pleading with David is much like when Moses was pleading with Father for his nephew Lot's life and of those righteous in Sodom and Gomorrah, when Moses was trying to seek from Father concerning how many righteous people would it take for Father to not destroy the city, after each time he asked and Father gave answer, Moses then asked if he could speak yet again, as this woman is here.

II Samuel 14:13 And the woman said, “Wherefore then hast thou thought such a thing against the People of God? for the king doth speak this thing as one which is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished.   ->   Even though she has accomplished her, or should I say, Joab's mission by having both, David's sworn word and his sworn oath, she should have quit while she was ahead; however, this woman is not yet satisfied and she continues to press David for more by now
asking him how he can be passing this sentence on the her son, yet  leaving your own son banished in a foreign land. In the name of God, how can you give such an order, and still be fair to the people. Remember, Absalom was not living with God's people, but the heathen.

II Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.   ->   For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground...=These are figures of speech meaning that life is short, and sooner or later, we all return Home to Father.

Feeling pretty safe after she smooth-talked David into swearing an oath that she would be protected - even from him, she now resorts to throwing the king’s words back into his own face by pointing out to him, that unlike ELOHIM Who does not play particularities amongst His Children, David was not being equally just in all matters as was evidenced by the law he just passed. In other words, Father forgives us of our sins when we repent and ask His forgiveness, so, why then king, won't you forgive your son who is still living amongst those heathen peoples?

If it hasn't already, here very shortly the light bulb is going to light up and David is going to realize that he has just been had, and the worst part of it, is, that, without realizing, he swore that oath that she couldn't be touched, therefore he can't even do anything about it.

II Samuel 14:15 Now therefore that I am come to speak of this thing unto my lord the king, it is because the People have made me afraid: and thy handmaid said, ‘I will now speak unto the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his handmaid.   ->   Using quick talk and double speak, this woman gracefully switches the topic back to her own situation concerning her two sons, before the king can wise-up to her and then use her own words against her, as, she used his against him.

II Samuel 14:16 For the king will hear, to deliver his handmaid out of the hand of the man that would destroy me and my son together out of the inheritance of God.’   ->  
Pay attention, because, these words which this woman is speaking to David are not the words of a woman in mourning for, a woman in mourning does not come before a king to make these requests; unless, someone with a brilliant legal mind has put her up to it. If you’ll recall, this woman’s husband was supposed to be dead and her only means for survival was her now only surviving son who had allegedly killed his brother after getting into an argument with him out in a field, and the town wanted to now kill him because of it.

II Samuel 14:17 Then thine handmaid said, ‘The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.’”   ->   Pouring on a little thick isn't she? Reminds me a little of our adversary satan's modus operandi (MO), whereas, he too likes to speak boasting words of us, in order to get on our good side before he pulls the rug out from under us. I figure by her doing this, she just hurt her cause, because, I think David--who is nobody's fool to begin with--just discovered who has put her up to this plot.

14:18-20 Joab’s stratagem discovered.

II Samuel 14:18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, “Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king now speak.”   ->   Hide not from me=Though David has already sworn his protection to her, he now basically issues a warning to her to not lie to him in answering the question he is about to ask of her.

After hearing David's request of her to not lie, she tells him to speak on.

II Samuel 14:19 And the king said, “Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this?” And the woman answered and said, “As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:   ->   David asks her point-blank - is Joab guiding you and paying you to come before me speaking these things? Smartly, she does not lie to the king, and confirms that it is indeed Joab who has put her up to this, and she says more-or-less, 'it was even he who gave me all the words to speak to you, oh king.'

II Samuel 14:20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.”   ->   To fetch about this form of speech=In other words, to bring about this turn of events. Yeah, she knows the gig is up and that David is wise to the scheme, so, she throws Joab under the bus so to speak, and then confesses that the entire plot was he idea, he had come to her, not she to him, and then to add-in the finishing touches, she again boasts on David telling him how wise he is to have figured it out so easily.

For his part, though yes, in a sense he knows he has been duped by this woman in making his swear unto her that he would hold her guiltless and also by Joab, in his deceit to bring Absalom back to Jerusalem, David also knows that he had his own part to play in this in that it was his actions of adultery and murder that brought this all about. Because of those to sins and his being not willing to pass judgment upon Amnon, Absalom had to play the part of revenger of blood and slay his own step-brother.

14:21-33 David’s recall of Absalom.
14:21-33 DAVID’S RECALL OF ABSALOM. (Repeated Alternation and Introversion.)
14:21 David’s decision to receive Absalom.

II Samuel 14:21 And the king said unto Joab, “Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.”   ->   I have done this thing=David tells Joab that he had taken that oath to not slay his son Absalom, therefore, Joab can now go and bring him back from Geshur.

14:22 Joab’s thanks.

II Samuel 14:22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, “To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.”   ->   
Joab fell on his face, and bowed himself= Rightly so, Joab fell on his face before his uncle. Joab needed to tread lightly, because, even though he is David’s nephew, he could very well have been killed right there on the spot by David. You don’t set the king up to look bad or to fail, without a penalty being paid, and though David did not kill Joab immediately, before he dies, he’ll pass on to his son Solomon to do what he himself did not, we can read of this in I Kings 2: I Kings 2:1 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, [2:2] I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;   ->    Skip with me down to [2:5] Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.   ->   David tells Solomon that Joab had tricked him concerning the bringing back of Solomon’s step-brother Absalom, he murdered both Abner and—though we haven’t read of it yet—Amasa, of which we can read in II Samuel 20, and, he also, along with Abner had  played his part of the death of the 24 warriors back in II Samuel 2 when as Commanding General of their two armies Abner for Saul with the House of Israel, and Joab for David with the House of Judah. [2:6] Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.   ->   David tells Solomon to not allow Joab to live to a good old age and then die of natural causes, in other words, slay him as soon as possible.

14:23 Absalom in Jerusalem.

II Samuel 14:23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.   ->   After receiving David's permission, Joab turned and left to go and retrieve his cousin Absalom from Geshur. A strange situation indeed for all four of the people mentioned concerning this ordeal. Why? Remember, Joab murdered Abner, David committed adultery and murdered Uriah the Hittite, Amnon uncovered his sister's nakedness (had incestuous intercourse with her) and raped her - these three are all guilty of breaking the law, and then we have Absalom--the only one who acted within the law--who was on the run from his father - the king - David, because he slew his step-brother.

14:24-27 David’s direction and Absalom’s person.

II Samuel 14:24 And the king said, “Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.” So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's face.   ->   
It may have appeared that David had forgiven Absalom; however, by his telling Joab to tell Absalom to go to his house in Baal-hazor, and to not come before the king, we see that in reality, that, David did not completely forgive his son Absalom for carrying out the punishment of Amnon for the rape of his sister Tamar. Absalom was the king's son and was third—though after slaying his older step-brother Amnon, he’s now second--in line to David's throne, and David insulted him before the entire kingdom by not allowing him to enter into the very palace that he was possibly in line to rule in. David knew that Amnon deserved exactly what he got; however, because he was David’s oldest and heir apparent to the throne, he had protected him. The law demanded the next of kin to take the life of the rapist, and David being king and Judge should have passed sentence and judgment and executed Amnon, when he didn’t, then Absalom being the full blood brother to Tamar, did as the law demanded.

When David told Joab to tell Absalom to go home and don't show your face around men, it is obvious that there was no forgiveness for Absalom. Yeah, David abided by his vow and oath which he swore; but, he couldn’t find it in his heart to forgive his son. By David not forgiving and forgetting here, Absalom will rightfully so, feel slighted by his father, and will ultimately lead to the events which transpire in our next chapter II Samuel 15 - Absalom's rebellion.

This is one of the most beautiful parts of Christianity – forgiveness from our Father and others for our sins, and for us to forgive those who have sinned against us. To pardon those who have done us wrong. We all make mistakes, and do and say things which we feel sorry for later; however, when there is true repentance and asking for forgiveness, we are bound by Christ to accept that person's forgiveness. Forgiveness is the greatest gift that Father has given us, and He expects more for those that He loves that have received His forgiveness, than from those in ignorance. Some times when our pride gets stepped on, it becomes hard to forgive that person, especially if they don’t ask for forgiveness. At that point, we forgive them; however, we need not go to that person and tell them – Father knows that we have forgiven them.

II Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.   ->  
As I previously stated when we were first introduced to Absalom; translated, Absalom’s name means "friendly" or "peaceful" and he truly lived up to his name. Besides being well liked by everybody because of his outgoing nature, he was also a very handsome young man. Of course there are others in Father’s Word who are described as being handsome as well, one such, is our adversary - satan, and we can read of his beauty in Ezekiel 28: Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, (don’t let the name fool you here for as we’ll see, Father is talking to and about satan) and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.   ->    How was satan created by Father? Was he an ugly monster? No, he was beautiful. Not only was he beautiful, as we’ll see here in this chapter, he also was an anointed one of ELOHIM. Because he was so good, Father elevated him to be one of the guardians of His mercy seat. We have now changed satan's position from the "prince of Tyre," to "king of Tyrus." The "king of Tyrus" was his position before his fall, in the first earth age. Father is telling satan, "I created you this way," He – Father, must have loved satan at the time of satan's creation, to give him such perfect beauty, and full of wisdom. Prior to his falling away and drawing that one third of Father's children with him in that falling away, satan was in good standing with our heavenly Father, but then he fell because he no longer wanted to be the protector of Father's Mercy Seat, no, he now wanted to sit in it and be god. Father gave satan one of the two the highest positions of any created being; - that of protector of the mercy seat itself. Once satan's pride and vanity took control of him, he departed from ELOHIM's plan for him, he set his mind on being the "King of Kings" and assuming the role of Jesus Christ, the only begotten on the Father. [28:13] Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.   ->   Here is how we know Father is talking about satan “thou hast been in Eden.” Yes, satan (the tree of knowledge of good and evilnot a snake) was there along with Father, Jesus (Tree of Life), Adam and Eve.  “Tabrets” and “pipes” sounds like something out of a science fiction movie; BUT, Father is using symbology and symbology ONLY here to describe how He created satan very beautiful. He is using musical instruments and the decorations thereof to try and show us how beautiful satan really was\is. It is because of hollyweird and THEIR description of satan, that man has such a hard time believing Eve could be seduced by something so heinous. When we look at the reality of his being either the most, or the second most beautiful of all of Father’s created beings, we can begin to see how and why Eve fell to the temptation of being seduced by him in Genesis 3. [28:14] Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.   ->   He was the “anointed cherub that covereth” meaning he protected Father’s mercy seat, not a position for just anybody. [28:15] Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.   ->   Father says He created him perfect, the full pattern, and, Father gave him much responsibility - UNTIL moral evil, perverseness, unrighteousness and wickedness – iniquity, was found in him. Meaning when he became so puffed up with conceit because of Father's elevating him to the position of protector of Father's mercy seat, he changed and no longer wanted to protect that seat but instead wanted to sit in that seat and the only way to do that would be to remove God and thereby take over from Him. He, satan, decided he would overthrow Father and he enlisted the help of as we read in Revelation 12:1-4, one third of Father's children in this overthrow, let's go and read of it: Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:   ->   In chapter twelve we leave the last three and a half year period of flesh man, and return all the way back to the world that was prior to the katabole - the first earth age; and some of the events that happened in the world that was. It is here in Father's Word that records just what happened. This "great wonder" is a sign in the heavens. The "woman" here is not the church, for a church building has never delivered any child. This "mother" has nothing to do with the church; this woman is "the nation - Israel," the twelve sons of Jacob, or tribes (John 16:21). The same political and social orders that were in existence at the end of the first earth age, prior to this age of flesh man, will be ruling over the earth at the end of our current earth age, this time it will also include a religious order. So fix it in your mind that the time period that is being spoken of here in these verses; is that time when the souls of men were not yet in the flesh, it was in that first earth age, the time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. [12:2] And she being with child, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.   ->   This "child" to be delivered is the Messiah – God in the Flesh – Jesus Christ, and the woman delivering the child is symbolic of mother "Israel," however, in the physical sense of this earth age, we know her to be "Mary." It is satan's sole purpose to destroy this child. When you understand this – "his sole purpose is to destroy the child – to prevent Him from being born, so that he then can say that he defeated Father's plan of being born in the flesh. How will he try and destroy Father's plan – by killing anybody? No, that isn't the way he planned on it – as we will read – if we go back to the beginning – Genesis 3, we will see it is by seducing Eve, thereby corrupting the seedline. If he can corrupt the seedline, it will not be pure, therefore, Father cannot be born. But, I get ahead of myself and digress. This woman is the wife - (Israel); and the son – The Son of Almighty God, and God wants us to feel and understand the events occurring then. What happens to them affects Him, exactly as it would you or I in a similar case. [12:3] And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, haven seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.   ->   This other "wonder" – the "Great red dragon," is satan. Here again, it is all happening in heaven, between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 - in the Age that was – the first earth Age. All these events will be just like it will be at the end of this earth age, the Flesh Age of mankind. In that Age, satan had seven dominions, and ten agencies of power that had their authority. He had complete universal control over that prior earth kingdom Age; and he also had total political control of these agencies – Father had given him this control because He loved satan. This we can see when we read Revelation 13, it is a copy of this earth Age, and the United Nations, with its ten units of power, taking control over all its dominions that are granted it by man. Though the forms of government and their systems appear at first to be the same, we will see the differences between these two Ages: That of the first, and that of the Flesh Age we are now in. [12:4] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.   ->   These "stars" of heaven are the "sons of God" of Genesis 6:2; Genesis 6:4; Job 1:6; Job 2:1 and Job 38:7. The ole "great red dragon" – satan, deceived and caused one third of God's children to follow him. One third of God's children, are all those in their "soul, Spiritual, corruptible bodies," are also called "angelic bodies." No, they do not have wings like we see man make statues depicting them, but the cherubs do have wings, and there is a difference between cherub and angels. Father is telling us here, that through satan's falling away from Father in the first earth Age, he deceived and caused one third of Father's children to fall away with him. He caused them to turn away from Father, and they worshipped him instead, and believed in him to be their god – look at the Children of Israel as they were coming up out of Egypt, at the base of MT Sinai, while Moses was up on the mountain talking with Father and receiving the stone tablets from Him. What did they do? They caused Aaron to fashion a calf out of the gold that Father had ensured that got from the Egyptians and said "this calf is our god, it led us up out of Egypt. An Absolute lie and they knew it to be a lie but believed it anyway. This is also his desire for this Age - to cause you and I - the children of God, to worship him. When we read that "all living came from mother Eve", it means that "Messiah came from, or through mother Eve". He came through the offspring of mothers Eve, and Mary. And it is through the Messiah, Christ is offering eternal life to all mankind. For acceptance of God's gift, all mankind must pass from death to eternal life through the blood of Jesus Christ. So we see this refers to spiritual life, and not necessarily physical life. Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, (ELOHIM is going to do what? Destroy him because of what he has done. How is ELOHIM going to do this?) from the midst of the stones of fire.   ->   This is the over-throw from the world that was, the "katabole" of the first earth age. Father told satan that he was to be removed from the altar of ELOHIM. In the New Testament, when we read of "foundation of the world," we are reading of this right here. Let's look at the Greek of the "foundation of the world", it is in the Strong's Concordance, Greek word number G2602 - katabolē, pronounced - kat-ab-ol-ay', and means: From G2598; a deposition, that is, founding; figuratively conception: - conceive, foundation.. Now let's look at G2598 - kataballō, pronounced kat-ab-al'-lo, and means: From G2596 and G906; to throw down: - cast down, lay.. Yes, Father had to throw down the Age that was, He had to destroy it and start anew with us in our Flesh bodies, so that He too could become flesh and go to the cross for us and lay down His flesh life, thereby cleansing us of our sins. Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.   ->   With all of us looking upon him and the other Protector, satan's heart and was lifted up in self-pride. He must have received much praise from Father and us, like we see those pompous, self-righteous fools on TV talk shows, sports "stars," and our politicians. Satan believed his own lies, and his self- righteousness took control of him. Pride, wisdom, and beauty can be the downfall of any person if they don't realize that everything they have is from Father. Father should get all the glory from us in all that we do and all that we have. Jesus Christ is coming back to earth very shortly to carry out this judgment that Father put on satan. Then the whole world will see him for what he is. Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee."    ->   Here is it, by God's consuming fire! At Jesus' return satan in his role as "instead of christ" {anti-christ}, is toasted from within in the sight of all men. Ezekiel 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.' ' ''    ->   This is Father describing satan, and we see by His statement as to  the fact that he was in Eden, the garden of God. What was his role there? It wasn't as a snake, and yes, I know what the bible says but, have you ever looked up the word "serpent" in a good Concordance such as the Strong's? In the Hebrew the word is H5175 - nachach, - pronounced "naw-khawsh" and means "a snake from its hiss" it is derived from "nachach" pronounced "naw-khash" which is a prime root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to pronosticate:- X certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) X enchantment.. No, satan wasn't a snake, he was there as himself and known as the "tree of knowledge of good and evil" just as Christ was there as the "Tree of Life." Why was\is he known as the "tree of god and evil?" Because he wasn't and never will be born of woman (in the flesh).

II Samuel 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight.   ->  
had a very thick mane of hair, and he cut it only once a year – at the end of the year. Remember, the beginning of the calendar year was the Spring Equinox, while, the beginning of the fiscal year was the month of Tisri, now whether Absalom cut his hair just prior to the beginning of the spring or fall, I’m thinking spring, as, he would have most likely wanted his longer hair during the winter months to assist in keeping his head warm, and then cut it for spring\summer in order to stay cooler.

He weighed the hair of his as two hundred shekels after the king’s weight=There is a difference of weight between the “king’s weight” and the “weight of the Sanctuary” and nobody is sure of the exact weights of either; however, you can figure that Absalom having a thick mane of hair and allowing it to grow for a full year, it probably weighed somewhere around 4 pounds.

This same magnificent mane of hair will in the future get Absalom killed by hanging him in a tree, we can read of this in II Samuel 18: II Samuel 18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.   ->   As we see, his hair didn't actually kill him; however, it did hang him up by becoming tangled in some branches, and, when it did so, the mule on which he was riding, continued on walking, right out from underneath him. [18:10] And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, “Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.”   ->   
Had we continued reading in II Samuel 18 we would have read that Absalom's hair becoming tangled in the branches and thereby hanging him, enabled Joab, after being told of Absalom's situation, to catch up with him and kill him by thrusting him through with three darts, or, long clubs with spikes on the end.

II Samuel 14:27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.   ->   Three sons=None of these three sons survived to carry on Absalom's namesake as can be read in II Samuel 18:18 (
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, "I have no son to keep my name in remembrance:" and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.)   ->   The only thing Absalom had to carry forth his namesake was a pillar he built in order to be remembered by.

Tamar=Absalom's sons may not have survived; however, he did have a daughter whom he named after his sister who had been raped by their step-brother Amnon. Notice also, that, like her father, Tamar was very good-looking.

14:28 Absalom in Jerusalem.

II Samuel 14:28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face.   ->    It was a full two years after David had told Joab that he could go and tell Absalom to return to Jerusalem, and still he could not see his father. Considering that he spent three years in Geshur with his maternal grandparents, and now two more in Jerusalem without seeing David, that makes it a full five years since he has been in the presence of his father - quite an extensive amount of time. We're about to see anger, disapointment and resentment to again start rearing its ugly head in Absalom's life, as, here he was supposedly publically forgiven by his father; however, he wasn't allowed to see him, and, again, I remind you that he was in the right while David was not.

14:29-33 Joab’s appeal.

II Samuel 14:29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.   ->   Absalom has had enough of this humiliation, so, he sends for Joab - the go-between these two men, in order that he might send him to see his father and convince him that he really should see Absalom Joab for his part, wants to stay out of the middle of the feud between father and son, so, he therefore ignores Absalom's request.

Absalom isn't about to take "no" for an answer, so, he again sends for his cousin; however, Joab isn't buying what Absalom is selling, he's happy right where he's at. What will happen next? Will Absalom be content to just let it be?

II Samuel 14:30 Therefore he said unto his servants, “See, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire.” And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.   ->   No, he's wasn't contented with either his father's or his cousin's snub, so, he calls for his servants and has them go to Joab's ready for harvest barley field and set it on fire to get his attention. Absalom knows that the quickest way to get someone's attention is to get into the wallet and that exactly what he did when he had his servants set Joab's field on fire, and, sure enough, it worked.

II Samuel 14:31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, “Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?”   ->   Rightfully so, Joab is angry with his cousin for setting his barley ablaze, so, he goes over to demand an explanation from him. doing this would also get my attention; however, it would not cause me to want to assist the culprit.

II Samuel 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.’’”   ->   Joab being the older of the two between himself and Absalom, this relationship between cousins would under normal circumstances, follow the proper relationship guidelines; however, since David is king and Joab is David's nephew - son to David's sister Zeruah, Absalom figures all proper guidelines are out the window. Being the king's son has its perks and Absalom is using one of those perks now by pretty much demanding his older cousin to go to his father the king and seek an explanation as to why his son cannot come and see him.

Absalom has a pretty good point in that he was in Geshur minding his own business until Joab showed up telling him his father say he had been away long enough, it was time to come on home. Of course, what wasn't said was that Absalom wouldn't be allowed to see David. So, now Absalom is basically telling his father, David the king, lets get this over with, if you find iniquity in me deserving death, then kill me; however, either way, let me speak to you face to face and you can decide then to either forgive me or kill me.

At this point in time, David was about mid to late fifties, Absalom was in his mid-twenties, and Solomon was just a babe, so, David's kingdom would be Absalom's should David have died at this time.

14:33 David’s reception of Absalom.

II Samuel 14:33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.   ->   After Joab relayed to David what Absalom had said, David then sent his servants to tell Absalom that his father wanted to see him. Immediately upon entering and appearing before his father, Absalom gives his proper respect to the position his father holds, the same position he himself hopes to hold one day. Will this be the end of the dislike between the father for the son who carried out the near kinsman right? We'll find our answer to that lies in the next chapter - II Samuel 15.

Oct 2013
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