Notes from the Journey with David – 102

102. So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart… (2 Samuel 18:14).
Without a doubt, those things a leader fails to deal with will not go away. Instead, they will come back to cause him hurt and pain. Joab’s actions against Absalom are shocking, but not surprising behavior from a man who has lived violently and killed when David wanted peace. Joab has been acting on his own throughout the Absalom story, and David’s unwillingness to stop him now costs him his son. Perhaps David feels unable to confront Joab since the Bathsheba affair, but for whatever reason, his reluctance to stop Joab’s actions has now brought an enormous price.

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