ABSALOM, A TRAGIC HERO GONE BAD (TO WORSE)
James J. S. Johnson, JD, ThD, CPEE
King David had too many wives,
Making misfits of many sons’ lives;
A sister one raped,
Then justice escaped;
In such families evil just thrives.
While the king, for the rape, did nil,
Absalom, the rapist, did kill;
With vile Amnon dead,
Absalom then fled;
Once again King David did nil.
Thus Absalom was self-exiled,
Till the two, it seemed, reconciled;
But wrongs were not righted —
So, the Jews “Prince Charming” beguiled.
Soon, the rebel son’s treason went wild;
On the roof, concubines, he defiled;
Such shame to abhor!
‘Twas soon civil war —
How the king rued his prodigal child.
When news, Joab heard, from a bloke
That “Absalom’s stuck in an oak!”
Joab hurled his 3 spears —
David soon shed more tears;
So, thus speared, “Prince Charming” did croak.
COMMENTARY: See 2nd Samuel chapters 13, 14, 15, & 18 (especially 18:9-15 & 18:33). See also 1st Samuel 12:11-12. David’s polygamous family life was one tragedy after another. Although the sin-addicted world tragically tries to do “better” than God’s design, it is always better to follow God’s instructions about marriage and family life (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6).