2 Samuel 14

I’m pretty sure that 2 Samuel 14:28-33 is a comedy or something:

28 Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years, but he never got to see the king. 29 Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. 30 So Absalom said to his servants, “Go and set fire to Joab’s barley field, the field next to mine.” So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded.

31 Then Joab came to Absalom at his house and demanded, “Why did your servants set my field on fire?”

32 And Absalom replied, “Because I wanted you to ask the king why he brought me back from Geshur if he didn’t intend to see me. I might as well have stayed there. Let me see the king; if he finds me guilty of anything, then let him kill me.”

33 So Joab told the king what Absalom had said. Then at last David summoned Absalom, who came and bowed low before the king, and the king kissed him.


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  1. Yes, comedic. Consider that Joab and Absalom were the same type of men. This whole section is dripping with irony. Joab goes about to lead the country, as his King is not, through trickery and deception. And in many ways, he guesses right. How to get rid of Absalom? Simple: bring him back to the court, and let Absalom be Absalom. Sure enough, he is killed in battle (by Joab). But, God had other plans…. it is God who rescues David from the hand of Absalom (the LORD frustrates the plan of Ahithophel 17:14). ANd in Joab’s success, becomes his failure.

    And it seems that this section in 14 is the ironic twist that asks the literary question: Is it Absalom’s treachery or is it Joab’s treachery that will rule over God’s appointed?

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