skip to Main Content

May 28, 2019

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Nehemiah 10-11
Audio: Nehemiah 10-11

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

2 Samuel 14 (ESV)

Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom.And Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman and said to her, “Pretend to be a mourner and put on mourning garments. Do not anoint yourself with oil, but behave like a woman who has been mourning many days for the dead. Go to the king and speak thus to him.” So Joab put the words in her mouth.

When the woman of Tekoa came to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and paid homage and said, “Save me, O king.” And the king said to her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead. And your servant had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. And now the whole clan has risen against your servant, and they say, ‘Give up the man who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed.’ And so they would destroy the heir also. Thus they would quench my coal that is left and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”

Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.” And the woman of Tekoa said to the king, “On me be the guilt, my lord the king, and on my father’s house; let the king and his throne be guiltless.” 10 The king said, “If anyone says anything to you, bring him to me, and he shall never touch you again.” 11 Then she said, “Please let the king invoke the Lord your God, that the avenger of blood kill no more, and my son be not destroyed.” He said, “As the Lord lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”

12 Then the woman said, “Please let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.” He said, “Speak.” 13 And the woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in giving this decision the king convicts himself, inasmuch as the king does not bring his banished one home again. 14 We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast. 15 Now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid, and your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; it may be that the king will perform the request of his servant. 16 For the king will hear and deliver his servant from the hand of the man who would destroy me and my son together from the heritage of God.’ 17 And your servant thought, ‘The word of my lord the king will set me at rest,’ for my lord the king is like the angel of God to discern good and evil. The Lord your God be with you!”

18 Then the king answered the woman, “Do not hide from me anything I ask you.” And the woman said, “Let my lord the king speak.” 19 The king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all this?” The woman answered and said, “As surely as you live, my lord the king, one cannot turn to the right hand or to the left from anything that my lord the king has said. It was your servant Joab who commanded me; it was he who put all these words in the mouth of your servant. 20 In order to change the course of things your servant Joab did this. But my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the angel of God to know all things that are on the earth.”

21 Then the king said to Joab, “Behold now, I grant this; go, bring back the young man Absalom.” 22 And Joab fell on his face to the ground and paid homage and blessed the king. And Joab said, “Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, in that the king has granted the request of his servant.” 23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. 24 And the king said, “Let him dwell apart in his own house; he is not to come into my presence.” So Absalom lived apart in his own house and did not come into the king’s presence.

25 Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. 26 And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, two hundred shekels by the king’s weight. 27 There were born to Absalom three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a beautiful woman.

28 So Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, without coming into the king’s presence. 29 Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but Joab would not come to him. And he sent a second time, but Joab would not come. 30 Then he said to his servants, “See, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire. 31 Then Joab arose and went to Absalom at his house and said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?” 32 Absalom answered Joab, “Behold, I sent word to you, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to ask, “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still.” Now therefore let me go into the presence of the king, and if there is guilt in me, let him put me to death.’”33 Then Joab went to the king and told him, and he summoned Absalom. So he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.

How do I login and comment?

Click here to enter your login information. Once you are logged in, you will be able to comment on this chapter by writing in the “comment box” below (under the social media icons).

NOTE: If you see a place to enter your username and password under the social media icons below, you are not logged in yet. You can either enter your login information there or use the “Click here” link above to login and comment.

Happy Commenting! 🙂

Next: 2 Samuel 15

Back: 2 Samuel 13

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. God's Heart

    David loved his son Absalom who at this point had been exiled for three years. Just as Nathan used a story to show David the error of his ways, Joab told Tekoa a tale meant to encourage David to bring Absalom back to Jerusalem.

    The ESV Study Bible offers the following insight:

    “The woman, using a ‘parable’ as Nathan did, appeals to the king to set aside the ordinary laws demanding the death of a murderer (e.g., Numbers 35:31), not because of any extenuating circumstances in the killing but for the good of the family. David must have first associated the woman’s account with the story of Cain and Abel, and then soon realized that it would apply to Absalom’s murder of Amnon.”

    Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 564). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

    David was certainly a flawed man. His sin with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband Uriah (and the cover-up) are just a few listed in Scripture. There were also failures to manage his household.

    So what makes this flawed man a “man after God’s own heart?”

    He hated sin and was quick to forgive others for their sin. This reflects the character of God and shows us how God responds to those who are His.

    Romans 5:6-11 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

    John 16:8-9 “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me.”

    Aren’t you grateful that our Lord and King loves us despite how far we all fall short of His glory?

  2. I feel that gratitude every single day. It always amazes me that after all the times I turned my back on God, to live MY way, He was always there, arms open, waiting for me to return to Him. 

    It's the most incredible thing. Ever. 

     

  3. I find it so interesting that Nathan and Joab have both used parables to get David to see himself. God knew this was what David needed. 

    God has done the same to/for me so often — spoken to me in a way I needed — that now I anticipate it. I haven’t ever been naturally empathetic, but after I was born again in Christ God began orchestrating circumstances so I would have to walk in the shoes of people I needed to better understand instead of judge. He’s been developing in me a godly empathy that comes from Him. 

    Thankfully for David, his humility is one of his greatest strengths, and he’s able to receive what has been revealed to him and not get defensive. He seems to be grateful for the gift of the revelation. 

    But [God] gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” James 4:6

    Perhaps this is what makes him the “man after God’s own heart.” His humility. He’s shown his humility over and over again since we first met him in Scripture. And with humility comes wisdom…godly wisdom! 

    When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

    I want to be a woman after God’s own heart, a woman who wants whatever He wants from me. I declare war on anything in me that stinks of pride or self-righteousness. To do that I have to constantly put myself back at the foot of the cross and see my Savior dying for me while I was still His enemy. 

    Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13

Leave a Reply

×Close search
Search