Notes from the Journey with David – 88

88. Instead he devises ways that a banished person may not remain estranged from Him (2 Samuel 14:14).
Joab’s woman from Tekoa uses deceit to show David that he must bring Absalom back to Jerusalem. Absalom was “on the lam” after his murder of his brother Amnon. But the woman speaks of God who makes a way for the banished. It’s a great picture of the grace that God extends to each of us. The problem, at least in Joab’s eyes, is that David has yet to extend such an opportunity of grace to his own son–arguably his favorite son. David’s hesitancy to forgive will bring its own ugly harvest in Absalom’s ultimate rebellion.

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