- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 14
Absalom returns to Jerusalem.
Joab, the commander of army, brings about the return of Absalom because he knew David’s heart longs for Absalom. This incident is another manifestation of the power and influence of Joab, who had a way of taking things into his own hands, even though he carefully remained subservient to King David (v.22).
Joab sent a woman from Tekoa. Tekoa was a few miles south of Bethlehem, and thus in the home territory of King David and Joab. This is the reason why the king allowed the woman to speak so long and so freely with him. The woman’s word “heir” indicated that Absalom was expected to succeed King David. She reminded King David of God’s grace upon him and persuaded him to forgive his son Absalom.
King David allowed Joab to bring Absalom to Jerusalem, but not allowed Absalom to come to see himself. Absalom could not see his father’s face for two years. It was very likely during this time period that Absalom began to plot revolt. (v.29). Some have blamed King David for delaying the reconciliation too long.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2.What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?