Oct 5, 2018
David’s son, Absalom, while guilty of murder, had been welcomed back in Jerusalem, but not with open arms. David had refused to meet with his long-exiled son and relegated him to a form of house arrest. Two years would pass with David doing what he normally did in situations like this: nothing. And his son would grow in his resentment toward him. In 2 Samuel 14:25-33, we’re going to see this less-than-ideal situation grow increasingly toxic, as David continues his pattern of inaction and Absalom reaches the tipping point. David’s lousy leadership was going to come back and haunt him. He had chosen to ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the room and now he was going to pay for it. And David was going to discover that, while he had been willing to do nothing, Absalom wasn’t. The son of the king, unimpressed with his father’s leadership, would begin to have aspirations for his father’s throne.