No 6.THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL Absolom’s Banishment.

After Amnon’s brutal death, Absolom fled in the opposite direction, to the northeast of Geshur, the Kingdom of the northeast of Israel, where his mother’s father ruled as King. Immediately King David issued a decree that the murderer of his son Amnon must remain in Geshur as an exile, forbidden to come home again. It was an appropriate action. As time passed, David’s heart yearned for his beautiful son Absolom. All the good memories concerningContinue reading “No 6.THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL Absolom’s Banishment.”

No 5.THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL. The Revenge of Absalom, Following Tamar’s Rape.

Today we continue the devastating story following Tamar’s rape. Remember, she had found refuge in the home of her brother Absalom, yet lived in isolation as a DESOLATE woman. King David heard what happened, and officials reported that he was ”angry.” The Dead Sea scrolls and the Septuagint (the Greek version of the old Testament) explain why he took no action, saying; “But he did not punish his son Amnon because he loved him, forContinue reading “No 5.THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL. The Revenge of Absalom, Following Tamar’s Rape.”

No 4. THE 2ND BOOK OF SAMUEL. Help for the Abused.

We live in a sad, sad, sin-sick world, where there is a very high percentage of people that are suffering abuse of some kind or have been abused in their past and still carry deep wounds that affect their lives today. To call to mind the story of Tamar’s rape, scroll back to her account on this Website, “The Rape of Tamar.” Tamar, according to the Law of her day, now dressed in widow’s clothes,Continue reading “No 4. THE 2ND BOOK OF SAMUEL. Help for the Abused.”

No 3. THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL. The Covenant… (agreement) Between God and David.

This covenant affects not only David but the whole history of humanity, especially the part that is yet to come. From the time of this Covenant, the Jews always believed that the Messiah (Jesus) would come through the Davidic Line. The prophets affirmed it in such passages as ISA 11:1 and JER 23:5. Also, according to such prophesies, the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary; concerning Jesus: “HE SHALL BE GREAT AND SHALL BE CALLED THEContinue reading “No 3. THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL. The Covenant… (agreement) Between God and David.”

No 2. THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL. David’s Severe Grief.

When we look back on David’s life, we see that he made some wrong choices, choices that resulted in years of grief and pain.  We have seen some of the consequences of his sin in his own life and the lives of others. Today we are addressing not so much the guilt of his sin but rather the grief he suffered as a consequence. The loss of Saul and Jonathan caused deep grief for himContinue reading “No 2. THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL. David’s Severe Grief.”