ABSALOM, A TRAGIC HERO GONE BAD (TO WORSE)

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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 —

Resentments ignited;

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).

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