A son preparing to war against his father

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.27.2018 – Old Testament: 2Sa 17.24–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 17–18 on April 27, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

David had many highs in his life, but he also had some lows, very deep lows, such as when one of his sons went to war against his father,

Then David went to Mahanaim. And Absalom crossed over the Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. And Absalom made Amasa captain of the army instead of Joab. This Amasa was the son of a man whose name was Jithra, an Israelite, who had gone in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister of Zeruiah, Joab’s mother. So Israel and Absalom encamped in the land of Gilead (2 Samuel 17.24–26).

David loved Israel and he loved his son. How broken up he must have been when both went to war against him. He had fought for Israel, meaning that he had also fought for his family, but here they were forgetting all that David had done for them.

Questions:

  • Have you forgotten about good things that someone has done for you?
  • Has your good been forgotten by those who received it?

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