Parisians flocked to the heart of Paris Monday, 26 August, 2019. Many rode WWII tanks, jeeps, trucks and armored vehicles. Women wore WWII dresses; men WWII uniforms. They celebrated the 75th anniversary of French and Allied armies returning to Paris 26 August, 1944. They followed the route General Leclerc and his French command marched as they made their way into the City of Light. San Diego U-T, 8/25/19, 8/26/19
This blog celebrates David’s return from exile after evacuating Jerusalem, then fighting a life and death battle with Absalom’s rebel army. Consider how God’s sovereignty used Joab to save David when he appeared at his worst, so he could return to being at his best.
A. At His Worst
First, he commanded his generals to “be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake,” The most irrational of all war-time orders.
Be gentle with the enemy, the usurper, the traitor, the megalomaniac? Issued to the very soldiers he sent to defend his reign from that man? David forgot the axiom of war that General Patton embodied: the greatest purpose in battle wasn’t to die for your country but to make the other guy die for his.
Second, David’s response to VICTORY. He learned that Absalom was dead, his army dispersed, David’s men victorious everywhere—and God’s Kingdom had survived! He should have immediately hastened to the city gate; stood with festive civilians as every troop unit approached in parade formation; smiled ear to ear; and saluted each detachment as it paraded before him.
But no...David instead cowered in his upper room, inconsolably grieving, eyes swimming, his hands shaking and wringing themselves...all because Absalom was dead. Yes, grief for the very man who plotted against God’s anointed leader; who would have executed the king had he not fled the city. The king wailed over that unworthy man’s death. End Part I