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2 Samuel 14:33b
Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.
This is the very sad story of a father’s love for a wayward son that backfired in time. Absalom was one of King David’s sons who had killed his brother Amnon for raping Absalom’s sister Tamar. Once the act was done, Absalom escaped to Gershur to live with his grandfather. For three years, he stayed, and David’s mourning had ended. Now David wanted him back home. Once Absalom was back in Jerusalem, his father refused to see him. Finally, the father gave in and had his son come to see him. Once in his presence, David kissed his son and welcomed him home.
This story was bound to end poorly because nowhere in the narrative do we see David correct or discipline his son Absalom in any way. In fact, David never corrected Amnon for raping his half-sister Tamar, who was the full sister of Absalom. Most likely, Absalom sought justice since his father was unwilling to give justice. Either way, with all of the sin still not dealt with, David welcomed his murderer son home with a kiss. In time, Absalom became the favorite of all the land. He rose up and split his father’s kingdom and would have taken over all of Israel had not Joab killed the young man. This terrible story goes back to the King’s sin with Bathsheba. And the truth is when sin is not dealt with, the consequences seem to spiral out of control. Of course, King David was able to briefly welcome his son home and see him, “Restored, If Only For A While.”
Today I’m grateful for a father who loved me enough to correct me. Because he did, he saved my life from destruction. His love for me has helped me pass the love on. Amen