David had suspicions, but did not act on them

04.25.2016 Old Testament: 2Sa 13.23–27

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 13–14 on April 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar, which angered her full-brother Absalom. Then Absalom had an unusual request,

And it came to pass, after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, which is near Ephraim; so Absalom invited all the king’s sons. Then Absalom came to the king and said, “Kindly note, your servant has sheepshearers; please, let the king and his servants go with your servant.” But the king said to Absalom, “No, my son, let us not all go now, lest we be a burden to you.” Then he urged him, but he would not go; and he blessed him. Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.” And the king said to him, “Why should he go with you?” But Absalom urged him; so he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him (2 Samuel 13.23–27).

David knew that something was not right about this request. Verse 22 says that Absalom did not speak to Amnon, neither good things nor bad things. Undoubtedly, David noticed. Then for Absalom to make such a request brought a question to David’s mind. However, Absalom pressed the matter and David gave in, and later he would regret what had happened, because Absalom plotted to kill Amnon and succeeded at it.

Questions:

  • Should we always act on our suspicions?
  • Is it possible that sometimes we are wrong?
  • What should you do, if you have suspicions and you know that your suspicions are correct?

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