Oct 2, 2018
There’s something in all of us that makes us want to get away with anything we do that might be deemed unacceptable or inappropriate. Not getting caught is a powerful temptation. And escaping punishment for any wrong we commit is even more alluring. It seems to be wired into our DNA as human beings. And it’s all because of the sin nature we inherited from Adam. In 2 Samuel 13:34-39, we have the continuing story of Absalom, the son of David who murdered his half-brother, Amnon, for raping their sister. David, the king, should have punished Amnon for his crime, but had done nothing. His inaction had led to Absalom seeking his own form of vigilante justice, plotting and carrying out Amnon’s death. And, once again, David did nothing. As a father, grieving over his son’s actions, he refused to carry out justice as the king. He let Absalom get away. But the ramifications for the sins of his sons and David’s inaction would come back to haunt him, when Absalom eventually came back to Jerusalem.