Entries by suzie

Thursday 24 September, 2020

David’s in a dreadful situation. His beloved son Absalom is trying to kill him to seize the throne. David’s position is incredibly dangerous, and he’s clearly at emotional rock bottom. We see here how four people respond. David had protected and been generous to Mephibosheth, and I would have expected some loyalty. But he is […]

Wednesday 23 September, 2020

There’s a lot happening in this passage for King David! He is aware that he is about to be usurped by Absalom, who has positioned himself as ‘a man of the people’, winning the hearts of those in Israel. David decides to make a getaway before a battle is started for the throne in Jerusalem […]

Tuesday 22 September, 2020

In this passage we see Absalom, third son of David, with a desire to take down his dad as King and become King himself.  His heart is deceitful exploiting what He sees as a weakness in his father’s kingdom to gain traction on his campaign. He strategically positioned himself at the gates; this being the […]

Monday 21 September, 2020

Gosh talk about a soap opera. Have you been keeping up with what has been going on in David’s family? But this is the day forgiveness comes into the story. Absalom stood up to Amnon to protect the honour of his sister but that meant he had to leave town and hide away from his […]

Sunday 20 September, 2020

Joab wished to see the relationship between King David and his estranged son, Absalom restored and this was to start by Absalom returning to Jerusalem. Joab didn’t feel he could approach the king on this directly so he thought out a shrewd plan which worked.  Having said that King David was quick to work out […]

Saturday 19 September, 2020

Ok. So David’s family dynamics were clearly dysfunctional, toxic, and very very messy. Looking at this passage through the filter of my own culture I find it hard to understand and reconcile this story of incest, lax parenting, revenge and murder. What I do note is that there is not one mention of God here. […]

Friday 18 September, 2020

What a terrible story of a family broken apart by lust, greed, deception, and revenge. Here is Amnon who is full of lust, he becomes ill and then seeks (bad) advice from Jonadab his cousin.  Neither of these men have any regard for the law, their family or their sister/cousin Tamar and her future.  Amnon’s […]

Thursday 17 September, 2020

In this passage, we return to the battle that started in Chapter 11. The Israelite army destroyed the Ammonites, then laid siege to the city of Rabbah. It was noted then that David stayed behind in Jerusalem when he should have been with the Army. What happened next, when David stayed home, is the story […]

Wednesday 16 September, 2020

Typical expressions of grief can include shock, sadness, crying, withdrawal, lack of self-care, feeling of numbness; anger, regret or guilt; feeling helpless or hopeless; isolation and fear of being alone, disbelief and denial of your loss. When experiencing grief, one may exhibit any or some or all of these expressions. I attended a funeral this week and […]

Tuesday 15 September, 2020

David was on a slippery slope downhill. Not only had he slept with another man’s wife but he then had her husband killed before taking her as his own wife. David was blind to his sin! There were several opportunities for David to stop and reflect on his actions and change his path but one […]