by Stephen Whitney

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Absalom: Rebel With A Cause (12 of 18)
Series: Lessons from the Lives of OT Characters
Stephen Whitney
2 Samuel 14:23-33

Chuck Swindoll wrote, ''The Bible never flatters its heroes. The handsome, young warrior who swept wise and beautiful Abigail off her was, in fact, a polygamist. Apparently one woman was not enough. So David compromised God's sacred institution of marriage - one woman, one man, together for life - and chose to marry not just one, but many women.''

Deut. 17:16-17 The king shall not acquire many horses for himself and he shall not acquire many wives for himself. God wanted the king of Israel not to be like the pagan kings. But scripture names eight wives that David had and others whose names are not mentioned.

Alexander Whyte wrote, ''David's palace was a pandemonium of suspicion, and intrigue, and jealously and hatred - all breaking out, now into incest and now into murder. And it was in such a household that Absalom, David's third son by his third wife, was born and brought up.''

Absalom's name means ''father of peace'' which was ironic because his life was anything but peaceful. David's oldest son Amnon raped Tamar, Absalom's sister, and we are told David became angry, but did nothing about it. The result was that Absalom became bitter towards his father and waited for two years to see if he would punish Amnon, but he did not.

At the end of two years Absalom takes the law into his own hands and has Ammon killed. He fled to grandfather who ruled over the town of Geshur which was north of the Sea of Galilee about 80 from Jerusalem where he stayed for the next three years.

Personal relationships become broken because:

1. We become offended by something that happened to us.
2. We become upset over something someone did or didn't do.
3. We refuse to talk with the person who offended us.
4. We determine not to forgive them for what they did.

Whatever the reason for a broken relationship it can be very difficult to ...

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