B. David at His Best
He had been every inch and ounce the king once he discarded his rose-colored glasses when seeing Absalom.
He inspired followers to act on his behalf in critical situations. He kept the loyalty of his army. He recruited supplies for the civilians with him and resources for his military. He put his army under officers capable of leading them.
And, once knowing he was safe, and confident of his Power as God’s Regent, he reviewed his victorious troops. Then, returning to his throne, on his way to Jerusalem he reconciled bitterly divided loyalties within the tribes; settled a land dispute; forgave his personal enemies, represented by wicked Shimei; acted with haste in hunting down Sheba’s abortive insurrection; rewarded those who had remained faithful during his troubles.
And, not forgetting the overlooked victims of the royal power struggle, he expressed mercy, not revenge, to the ten concubines Absalom had violated. He dedicated a house for their occupancy, a guard for their security and life-long provisions for their daily sustenance.
How do you think a victorious Absalom would have responded? Indeed, at his best, Absalom was worse than David at his worst! End Part III – Lessons to be learned in Part IV