Old Testament In a Year: May 14 – 2 Samuel 13, 14

2 Samuel 13, 14
Focus Verse: We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast. – 2 Samuel 14:14

The woman of Tekoa asks for David to show mercy to Absalom, who killed his brother Amnon for raping their sister, Tamar. She reminds him that all people must die. Because of this uncertainty of life, she appeals for David to forgive Absalom and make things right between them before either Absalom dies in banishment or David dies without being reconciled to his son.

She uses God as an example. Even though sinners are in a state of estrangement from Him, He works in such a way so that the outcast does not remain an outcast by Him. In wrath, God remembers mercy. He does not desire the death of prodigal sons and daughters or banished sinners, but that they will return to Him and live.

And if you ever wander away from God or find yourself estranged from Him because of something you’ve done wrong, be assured that God will show you mercy. He will want you back and devise means to get you back so that you will not remain an outcast forever.

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