POISONED 3; After two years

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Two Full Years

“And it came to pass, after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baal Hazor, which is near Ephraim; so Absalom invited all the king’s sons”. 

– 1 Samuel 13:23

The First Strike!

After two years, Absalom decided to throw a party and invite the king and his sons, but David turned down the offer. But Absalom insisted that if his father can’t make it, at least he should ensure Amnon attends the party. His father, not knowing his intentions granted his wish and Amnon attended, together with the other Princes.

At the party, Absalom ordered his men to monitor Amnon. When he got drunk, Absalom’s men struck Amnon to death. Absalom chose this way to avenge his Tamar’s desolation after a whole two years.

My thoughts on this

From this story, it is obvious that Absalom had been planning revenge. What surprises me is that he had harboured this anger which had grown to become a deadly bitter force in his life. Do you remember he told Tamar not to take it to heart? However, he took it to heart, nurtured it, planned for revenge out of bitterness, and after two years executed his plan.

If I am to apportion blame, I’d say David might have contributed to his son’s bitterness. He, as a father and king failed to address Amnon’s misdeeds and address the tension between these three children. He let them be, and now Absalom’s anger consumed him in bitterness.

Lesson on Bitterness here

Bitterness does not expire until the host opens the door (to forgive). Absalom decided to close it by not saying anything about how offended he was. He kept his anger within and nurtured it until he became bitter. If you don’t treat your anger, you become bitter, and that is when you want to go any mile to avenge the offences(s) against you.

Did Absalom plan to kill his father too when he invited him to the party? We do not know yet. He is now on the loose. Let’s see his next line of action.

I’ll see you in the next episode.

May the Lord mend our nets!

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