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2 Samuel 18:5a
The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.”
David and his dwindling army had been banished from Jerusalem because David’s rebel son, Absalom, had sown discord among the people against David. When the showdown between David’s forces and Absalom’s army was imminent, David told those leaders who would command the battle for him to “Be gentle with the young man Absalom, for my sake.”
These words identify “David’s Love For His Rebel Son.” His Son was out to KILL him and steal David’s kingdom, but it’s hard for a father to let go of his child, even if he is a rebel. As this impassioned plea went forth from a broken-hearted father, one man, Joab, didn’t hear it. Well, he heard it, but he didn’t pay any attention to it because Joab knew one thing. THIS IS WAR! Joab realized that it was kill or be killed. Joab knew that Absalom hated his father to the point that he had sexually abused his father’s concubines left to care for the palace so that all knew what had happened. When the time came for someone to step up and kill Absalom, whose flowing locks of hair were caught, leaving him hanging helplessly from the tree, Joab was more than willing to handle the task. When the Kingdom of Almighty God is being threatened, someone like Joab is needed to step up and win the day. Even if it means overriding “David’s Love For His Rebel Son.”
I’m asking You to help me never let my Love for my family interfere with Your will for my life. No matter what You ask of me, I want to be willing to do Your will. Amen