[CF Devotionals] 2014-02-10 - What Would the Woman from Tekoa Say?

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2 Samuel 14:1-28

“When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, ‘Help me, O king!’” (2 Samuel 14:4 NIV)

A mourning mother tells the king a heartbreaking tale. She informs him that her two sons got into a fight while alone in a field. One killed the other. Family members were hounding her for the murderer, as they wanted to avenge the son’s death. Their act was purely out of greed. With both sons out of the way, the family inheritance could be theirs.

Filled with forgiveness, the mother wanted to spare the accused son. He was the only loved one she had left. As a parent, King David felt the woman’s pain. The king said he would issue an order on her behalf. She did not want that. The king then offered another solution. If anyone talked to her about the situation, she was to tell him to come to the king. The king also promised that the son would stay alive. Unfortunately, it was a fictional tale, told as a ploy to bring back David’s banished son Absalom. Absalom had murdered his half-brother for raping Absalom’s sister.

King David was so touched by my performance. He believed my story. I was very bold in talking to the king, asking him why he was treating his son this way, certainly the Lord doesn’t banish His children.

King David is very smart, and figured out Joab, the captain of the king’s army, planned my fictional story for his benefit. The king was touched and ordered his son Absalom return home. Thankfully he had no hard feelings for me, and didn’t hold it against me. It felt good to help bring the royal family together. In all respect, I can tell you that the king is stubborn. While King David allowed Absalom to return, he didn’t see him for two years! What a waste - and how sad.

Lord, Help me to not let false accounts cloud my judgment. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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