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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.

I don't think people realize the ramifications of betrayal especially in a family! I know Jesus talks about end times where fsmily will turn against one another . Matthew 10:34:-36. "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword . For I have to turn a man against his father a daughter against her mother a DIL against her MIL . A mans enemies will be the own members of his own household ."
But beware!!! Paul says in I Timothy 5:8. If anyone does not provide for his family and especially his immediate family he has denied the faith and is worse than a unbeliever" so the repercussions are do we want to honor God with honoring family and bring peace or be on Gods opposing side and face Gods judgement?

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