1Gospel Baptist Tabernacle781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741Where the Love of Godabounds, everyone iswelcome.Children’s Church taughtby Paul and Marsha Davisduring preaching.www.rossvillechurch.comJune 9, 2013
22 Samuel 14 1 Now Joab theson of Zeruiah perceived thatthe kings heart was towardAbsalom.David longed for Absalom.He bears a lot of responsibility for Absalom’s sin.If David had punished Amnon, it all might haveended without murder.
32 And Joab sent toTekoah, and fetchedthence a wisewoman, and said untoher, I pray thee, feignthyself to be amourner, and put on nowmourning apparel, andanoint not thyself withoil, but be as a womanthat had a long timemourned for the dead:It’s all an act to make apoint to the king.
43 And come to the king, andspeak on this manner unto him.So Joab put the words in hermouth. 4 And when the womanof Tekoah spake to the king,*she fell on her face to theground, and did obeisance, andsaid, Help, O king. 5 And theking said unto her, What aileththee? And she answered, I amindeed a widow woman, andmine husband is dead.
56 And thy handmaid had two sons, and they twostrove together in the field, and there was none topart them, but the one smote the other, and slewhim. 7 And, behold, the whole family is risenagainst thine handmaid, and they said, Deliver himthat smote his brother, that we may kill him, for thelife of his brother whom he slew; and we willdestroy the heir also: and so they shall quench mycoal which is left (take away my source of support),and shall not leave to my husband neither name norremainder (surviving sons) upon the earth.Not premeditated murder
6(TLB) 8 "Leave it with me," the king told her. "I’llsee to it that no one touches him." 9 "Oh, thankyou, my lord," she replied. "And I’ll take theresponsibility if you are criticized for helping melike this."10 "Don’t worry about that!" the king replied. "Ifanyone objects, bring him to me; I can assure youhe will never complain again!"11 Then she said, "Please swear to me by God thatyou won’t let anyone harm my son. I want no morebloodshed." "I vow by God," he replied, "that not ahair of your son’s head shall be disturbed!"
7(TLB) 12 "Please let me ask one more thing ofyou!" she said."Go ahead," he replied. "Speak!“13 "Why don’t you do as much for all the people ofGod as you have promised to do for me?" sheasked. "You have convicted yourself in making thisdecision, because you have refused to bring homeyour own banished son.”That’s the point that Joab wanted made.He wants David to feel that he shouldbring Absalom home.
8(TLB) 14 All of us must die eventually; our lives arelike water that is poured out on the ground -- it can’tbe gathered up again. But God will bless you with alonger life if you will find a way to bring your sonback from his exile.15 But I have come to plead with you for my sonbecause my life and my son’s life have beenthreatened, and I said to myself, 16 ’Perhaps the kingwill listen to me and rescue us from those who wouldend our existence in Israel. 17 Yes, the king will give uspeace again.’ I know that you are like the angel of Godand can discern good from evil. May God be withyou." Flattery
918 Then the king answered and said unto thewoman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thingthat I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let mylord the king now speak. 19 And the king said, Isnot the hand of Joab with thee in all this?David saw through thesubterfuge, but he doesn’t reallymind.They are trying to get him to do whathe already wants to do in his heart.
1019b And the woman answered and said, As thy soulliveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the righthand or to the left from ought that my lord the kinghath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, andhe put all these words in the mouth of thinehandmaid:
11(TLB) 20 He did it in order to place the matterbefore you in a different light. But you are as wiseas an angel of God, and you know everything thathappens!" 21 So the king sent for Joab and toldhim, "All right, go and bring back Absalom."Joab got what he wanted, but it won’t blesshim at all.Oftentimes we would be better off not to getwhat we think we want.Only God knows what’s really best;We need to trust Him to do the best.
1222 And Joab fell to the ground onhis face, and bowed himself, andthanked the king: and Joabsaid, Today thy servant knoweththat I have found grace in thysight, my lord, O king, in that theking hath fulfilled the request ofhis servant. 23 So Joab arose andwent to Geshur, and broughtAbsalom to Jerusalem.
1324 And the king said, Lethim turn to his ownhouse, and let him not seemy face. So Absalomreturned to his ownhouse, and saw not thekings face.He’s home, but still out of favor with the king.Absalom will not be content.He will cause trouble.
14We continue to see the sorrow andtrouble in King David’s family.He was a very successful ruler of Israel,But a very unsuccessful husband and daddy.A home of love, joy, and peacedoes not just happen.
15A loving daddy and mama reassureand bring joy to their children.
16Men need to become MEN – men of God.No longer boys playing with their buds and their toys,But leading their families in the Way of God.
17A family man can no longer livelike a teenager.To God, his wife, hischildren, his church.FamilydevotionsTaking his familyto the foot of thecross in prayer.
18Husbands and wives need to grow up.They must learn to think last of self.Pulling togetherNot each going hisown way.Determined!