Bible verse and quote
by Jan Couns
(after 5 years of estrangement for killing his brother, Absalom requested) let me see the king's face; (saying) if there is iniquity in me, let him execute me. .when (king David, his father) called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom (and Absalom went back to his old life). 2 Samuel 14:32,33
Undue mercy emboldens the unrepentant. Me
(quietly planning a coup, securing military weapons and supporters, criticizing his
father's administration, promising to rule better than David, and exercising personal charm and flattery) Absalom stole the heart of the men of Israel. 2 Samuel 15:1-6
Be alert to seduction which seeks to sow the seeds of discontent, to alienate affections, and to render disloyalty. A.W. Pink (summation)
(After 4 years of endearing himself to the people whereas his father David had withdrawn from them) the conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Absalom (who sent word to the tribes of Israel, As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, `Absalom is king in Hebron.' 2 Samuel 15:10,12
Needs will be filled – by someone or something. Are we carrying our responsibility?
(After being warned of Absalom’s coup,) David said .We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin upon us and put the city to the sword. 2 Samuel 15:13,14
Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you. Alex Haley, 1921-92, US novelists, journalist
(heartbroken and spiritless, David leaves Jerusalem) But Ittai answered the king (who had told him to stay in safety) ‘As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.’ 2 Samuel 15-21
Genuine encouragement is more than soft words.
"Point of Reference" from
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