2 Samuel 14* Joab procures Absalom's recall. (1-20) Absalom recalled.(21-24) His personal beauty. (25-27) He is admitted to hisfather's presence. (28-33)1-20 We may notice here, how this widow pleads God's mercy, andhis clemency toward poor guilty sinners. The state of sinners isa state of banishment from God. God pardons none to thedishonour of his law and justice, nor any who are impenitent;nor to the encouragement of crimes, or the hurt of others. 21-24 David was inclined to favour Absalom, yet, for the honourof his justice, he could not do it but upon application made forhim, which may show the methods of Divine grace. It is true thatGod has thoughts of compassion toward poor sinners, not willingthat any should perish; yet he is only reconciled to themthrough a Mediator, who pleads on their behalf. God was inChrist reconciling the world to himself, and Christ came to thisland of our banishment, to bring us to God. 25-27 Nothing is said of Absalom's wisdom and piety. All heresaid of him is, that he was very handsome. A poor commendationfor a man that had nothing else in him valuable. Many apolluted, deformed soul dwells in a fair and comely body. And weread that he had a very fine head of hair. It was a burden tohim, but he would not cut it as long as he could bear theweight. That which feeds and gratifies pride, is not complainedof, though uneasy. May the Lord grant us the beauty of holiness,and the adorning of a meek and quiet spirit! Only those who fearGod are truly happy. 28-33 By his insolent carriage toward Joab, Absalom broughtJoab to plead for him. By his insolent message to the king, hegained his wishes. When parents and rulers countenance suchcharacters, they will soon suffer the most fatal effects. Butdid the compassion of a father prevail to reconcile him to animpenitent son, and shall penitent sinners question thecompassion of Him who is the Father of mercies?
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