by Jeff Strite

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Heart Of A Father (11 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
Jeff Strite
II Samuel 13:1-39

OPEN: A married couple had a boy that was difficult to raise. He caused all types of trouble in school, in the neighborhood and at home.
One year, the couple went on a trip to Europe while the boy stayed with relatives back home. As they went from one country to another they would send back postcards to their son of the sights they would see. They visited France, and Germany and several other lands. When they were in Greece, they sent back a postcard to their son with this message: "Today on our tour we came to a cliff over which Greek women were said to have once thrown their defective children…. Wish you were here."

APPLY: Some kids are like that. Some kids are just EXTREMELY difficult to do anything with. And that's true often enough that a number of books have been written about how to be better parents and how to deal with difficult children.

Now it's worth while to know how to be a better parent. And these books are no doubt well researched and extremely helpful. But I have found that when it comes to understanding how to be a good parent - sometimes it's valuable to observe what makes a parent FAIL. To look at how a dad or mom DIDN'T do their job right and find ways of making sure WE don't mess it up in that same way.

Here in our text today, we have the story of a man who's an excellent example of how not to be a parent. We have a man who failed to be a good father in this situation and who - because he failed created a recipe for disaster that eventually threatened to tear down his entire household.

We have a man named David. And the son he failed was Absalom.

I. Now, let me to tell you the story of Absalom
Absalom was the 3rd born son of David by his wife Maacah. He was a strikingly handsome young man. 2 Samuel 14:25-26 tells us that "In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the to ...

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