Understanding The Heart of David
In 2 Samuel 14 we see the tragic events unfold that were a result of David’s affair with Bathsheba. UU David took many wives to himelf and had many children, three of which were Amnon, Tamar, and Absalom. Absalom and Tamar were brother and sister from the same mother while Amnon was from another mother of David’s wives.
Amnon was in love with his beautiful step-sister, Tamar; actually lusted for her would be a more accurate term. A plot was devised in which Amnon played ill in order to be alone with Tamar. It appears that Tamar would have consented to marry Amnon, but Amnon wanted her “now” and forced himself upon her. In the end, Amnon ended up hating Tamar more than he had loved her and refused to marry her. By doing so, he added insult to injury for shaming her in refusing to marry her thus causing Absalom to live in hatred toward his brother and eventually culminating in his murder. One sin sometimes leads to another.
David knew of this affair and remained quiet about it not taking any action against Amnon. Meanwhile loathing and vengeance filled Absalom’s heart for his brother and two years later, he set the plot to slay Amnon. Upon successfully accomplishing his mission, Absalom feared for his life and fled from the presence of his father’s grief-stricken face and was in self-imposed exile for three years.
Now after King David had recovered himself from mourning for his dead son, Amnon; his heart yearned for his other son, Absalom. Perhaps David felt partially responsible for Absalom’s actions in that he had not properly disciplined Amnon for raping Tamar, his half-sister.
Whatever the reason, Joab, David’s right hand man, sensed that David longed for his son, and devised a plan in order for Absalom to return to Israel. He instructed a woman of Tekoa to feign to be the mother of two young men who had strove together and one killing the other, and now, according to the law, the punishment for killing his brother was that he also must be slain. The woman was beside herself with grief because this would cause her to lose both sons and there would be no one to carry on her husband’s name nor his inheritance with the people of Israel. Through the story of the woman of Tekoa, Joab worked to get King David to bring Absalom back from his exile.
And King David’s heart was touched with this story because he could relate so well to her pain. The King promised the woman that no harm would come to her living son and then she told David, “the king doth speak this thing as one that is faulty, in that the king doth not fetch home again his banished ‘son’.” (2 Samuel 14:13) She then utters these precious words: "neither doth God respect any person: yet doth He devise means, that His banished be not expelled from Him". So David sent for Absalom to come home.
And that is just what our heavenly Father did for all His exiled children by sending His only begotten Son, Yahushua (Jesus), to die for our sin, so that we could come home and become part of the family of God.
If you are walking afar from your Father today, it is time to "come home". He has made a way for you through the cleansing blood of His Son. Through Him He has opened up a way for all people, of all nations, and all tongues to come and be restored. His arms are open, and they are wide. Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD (Yahuwah) hath laid on him (Yahushua-Jesus) the iniquity of us all”. There are no limits to His mercies. They are new every morning.
But He also warns us, there is no other way that we must be saved. John 14:6 tells us, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Won’t you turn to Him today and “Come Home”? Come while there is yet time! “And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17
You may read the entire story in 2 Samuel 13-14.