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03
February
2013

David and Absalom: from betrayal to victory by grace! - Revange


Absalon kills Amnon

The first time was the day Absalom had his half brother Amnon, whom he hated, killed by his servants during a banquet in prepared for all his brothers, 2 Samuel 13:22-39. This wasn't the right punishment for Amnon according to the Torah, that says a man's life for that of another, only when someone commits a murder, Exodus 21:12-14 (GNT),
12 “Whoever hits someone and kills him is to be put to death. 13 But if it was an accident and he did not mean to kill him, he can escape to a place which I will choose for you, and there he will be safe. 14 But when someone gets angry and deliberately kills someone else, he is to be put to death, even if he has run to my altar for safety.

What did Amnon do? Two years earlier he raped Absalom's sister Tamar - 2 Samuel 13:1-22 - whom afterwards went to live in Absalom's house where she was very lonely. David did hear about what happened and he was furious, 2 Samuel 13:20. But what did David do to punish Amnon? Nothing. Why? Could it be because in order for David, him being king and all, to address this mater Tamar had to appear before him and state her case?

Did she do this? No. The reason? She followed her brother Absalom's advice not to tell anyone about what happened, 2 Samuel 13:20 (GNT),
20 When her brother Absalom saw her, he asked, “Has Amnon molested you? Please, sister, don't let it upset you so much. He is your half brother, so don't tell anyone about it.” So Tamar lived in Absalom's house, sad and lonely.

But why did Absalom give her this advise? Could it be he didn't want this incident to stand in his way of his ultimate ambition? To become the king of Israel one day?

Ever since Absalom hated his brother in silence - 2 Samuel 13:22 - while he planned to kill Amnon, 2 Samuel 13:32 (GNT),
32 But Jonadab, the son of David's brother Shammah, said, “Your Majesty, they haven't killed all your sons. Only Amnon is dead. You could tell by looking at Absalom that he had made up his mind to do this from the time that Amnon raped his sister Tamar.

Absalom fled to his maternal grandfather, the king of Gesur, and stays there for three years, 2 Samuel 13:37-38. King David himself didn't put him to death as the Law of Moses required. Could this in some way have to do with David's own contribution to Absalom's acts besides his love for his son? Later he would die at the hands of someone else, but not by David's orders.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David