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We can ask a simple question. Is this David's son? How could his son turn out so bad. When we realize that it is this same David who committed adultery and murder, we can understand a bit why his son became such a villain. I wonder how old Absalom was when his father was the villain and apparently got away with it too.
Moral of the story is that we should be good examples to our children and when we are not, tell them we were wrong.

We can make our plans , but GOD directs our path...

Your decrees are my treasure; they are truly my heart's delight.

Hi Mike!

You asked if we think David was correct to let Absalom return to Jerusalem.

I have a very similar situation with a grown child, and I am convinced David did not do the right thing.

The commentary that you linked to at Bible.org is very helpful. It includes these paragraphs:

Absalom was a murderer and chose political asylum in Geshur with his grandfather. David was not wrong to still love this son and yearn to see him. But it would not have been right for David to pardon him so he could return. It would not even have been right to visit him in Geshur.

I know many parents who so desperately yearn for a relationship with their children that they refuse to discipline them. And when they have rebelled, they are so eager to get them back they welcome their children with open arms, when there has been no repentance, and thus there can be no real reconciliation. The same is true in the church. If there is to be true unity in the church, genuine fellowship among the saints, then there must be rebuke, discipline, and repentance before there can be reconciliation and reunion.

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