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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.

Mike and everyone,
Mike, thank you for pointing out Psalm 119:105
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Amplified Bible)
Up until last year, my daily devotion was reading devotional materials (a bible verse and a passage/story relating to that verse).
Beginning of this year, by God's grace i found this blog, and by God's grace have been able to follow until now. What a blessing! What a difference to systematically read God's Word each day, spend time understanding it, and see how the Old and New Testament passages correspond to each other.
Thank you Mike and everyone here!
The following is from Barnes' Notes on the Bible on Psalm 119:105 ~
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet -
The Hebrew word means a light, lamp, candle.
The word of God is like a torch or lamp to man in a dark night. It shows him the way, prevents his stumbling over obstacles, or failing down cliffs, or wandering off into paths which would lead into danger, or would turn him away altogether from the path to life.
"Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts." (2 Peter 1:19 NLT)
And a light unto my path -
It is a light which shines on the road that a man treads, that he may see any danger which may be in his path. He will clearly see the path. He will be able to mark the road in which he ought to go, and to avoid all those by-paths which would lead him astray. He will see where those by-roads turn off from the main path. He will see any obstruction which may lie in his path; any cliff which may be near.
Man needs such a guide, and the Bible is such a guide.
"How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word." (Psalm 119:9 NLT)

May God continue to use this blog to encourage believers' faith, and to put
faith seeds in non-believers' hearts!

God bless!

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