by Frank Pollard

Parent-Child Relationships
Frank Pollard
II Samuel 18:1-33

In the last verse of II Samuel 18 we read the heartbroken cry of King David for his lost son. It happened a long time ago, yet these words are tragically up-to-date. They are the words of a careless parent: "O my son! My son, Absalom! Absalom, my son! If only I had died in your place, my son! Absalom, my son!"

David had great family problems. Especially tragic were his relation- ships with his children. It probably all began when this man "after God's own heart" committed his blackest sin. You remember. While his army was in the field, David stayed behind in Jerusalem. From his rooftop he saw a beautiful woman bathing herself. He lusted for her and sent for her. From their adulterous relationship, she became pregnant. Trying to cover his sin David set in motion a series of events which ultimately caused the death of Bathsheba's husband. Then David took Bathsheba for his wife.

God sent Nathan, the prophet to speak hard words of judgment. Turn with me to the twelfth chapter of II Samuel and read, beginning with verse nine: "You had Uriah killed in battle; you let the Ammonites kill him, and then you took his wife! Now, in every generation some of your descendants will die a violent death because you have disobeyed me and have taken Uriah's wife."

Nathan was only stating to David the natural results of his sin. Sin always carries its own seeds of punishment. There is in this world a law of action and reaction. David's sin and it's resultant consequences is another example this Biblical truth: "He who sows of the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption."

As he was confronted with his sin David repented: "I have sinned against the Lord," he told Nathan. And the prophet replied: "The Lord forgives you." But reminds him that the consequences of sin had been set in motion.

David's family problems which had begun in sexual sin continued in the same manner. David had a beautiful daughter, Tamar, ...

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