While David was weeping and mourning because of the death of his son Absalom, Joab came to him and said in 2 Samuel 19:5-6, "Today you have disgraced all your servants who today have saved your life, the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines, in that you love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared today that you regard neither princes nor servants; for today I perceive that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died today, then it would have pleased you well.” Let me give a word about perspective. It’s in these types of situations that everyone needs to try and understand the perspective and emotions of those involved. I can’t blame David for his reaction, but Joab came with a valid point also. To David, Absolom was his son, but to all of them, he was the one who attempted to overthrow them and desired to kill them.
2 Samuel 21:15 says, “When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint.”
· David had made the mistake of becoming complacent in the past (See 2 Samuel 11:1). Now, it appears that David is ready to fight in his older age even when maybe he shouldn’t be.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan