10th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 9th August 2015 – 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

6 08 2015

10th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 9th August 2015 – 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

Where are the surprises?

Whose voices do we not hear?

What challenges us?

Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?

  1. That the lectionary misses out that it is actually Joab who ‘took three spears in his hand and thrust them into the heart of Absalom’ (v14).
  2. That David expects his three commanders to ‘deal gently for my sake with Absalom’. The defeat of Absalom, the usurper for David’s throne, is the reason for this battle.
  3. I’ve seen pictures of Absalom’s hair being caught in the tree. But it does say ‘his head’ – surely if it was his hair or his helmet Absalom would have been able to cut himself free. He has the time to do this.

The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?

  1. What Joab thinks about David’s command about dealing gently – though there is a hint in v 14 – ‘I will not waste time with you…’
  2. What might Absalom, son and traitor, think about this command – ‘deal gently’. A sign of weakness or a sign of love?

What challenges us in 2015?

  1. Joab can be relied on to dispatch Uriah without a moment’s hesitation (see ch 11:16). And now he kills Absalom. Joab doesn’t understand the difference. One size fits all doesn’t work in discerning our responses to events.
  2. Discernment is essential in all our actions; emotions are complex. Joab doesn’t understand Absalom is the enemy yet also David’s son. David isn’t allowing Absalom to be ‘let off’ just not being punished cruelly.
  3. Us liberals perhaps can do the complexities and can be ‘woolly’ – we become the opposite of Joab and yet like him fail to do justice.



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