2 Sa 14: "Problems in David's family continue. His son
Absalom, now the eldest and in line for the throne, conspires against his
father, thus repeating the attitude of king Saul against the shepherd-elect.
But, like Saul, Absalom has no scruples against Yahweh's Anointed! He meditates
on seizing the throne. But the powerful Joab acts with a political intent. 
Joab schemes to fetch Absalom home: vv 1-3. Three years have passed, and Joab
seeks opportunity to influence David.  Then came a woman of Tekoah with a
plea: vv 4-11. She presents a case in which forgiveness should be exercised. One
brother had killed another, but had been incited to do so. She pleaded the
intervention of David, who was so touched by the case, he granted the request.
Then the case became personal.  The woman pleads for Absalom: vv 12-17.
Although the nation endorsed the action of the king, it was a subtle suggestion,
that if the king recalled Absalom from exile, his action would be endorsed by
the people. It was a suggestion based on what Joab knew the king wanted. 
Absalom is recalled but not forgiven: vv 18-24. Then the record reveals: 
Absalom's appealing responsibility: vv 25-27. His was an appeal to the flesh,
and traded on such appeal. He became renowned for his hair. the weight of which
was recorded throughout the kingdom.  Absalom seeks power: vv 28-33. Though
recalled from exile, the king's obvious disapproval of Absalom stood in the way
of his ambition and power. Absalom reveals the ruthlessness of his nature in
this action towards Joab" (GEM).
THE ONLY BURNING COAL: The one surviving ember after
the fire has been extinguished.
NOT ONE HAIR OF YOUR SON'S HEAD WILL FALL TO THE
GROUND: A phrase descriptive of long life: Luk 12:7; 21:18; Mat 10:30; Acts
27:34; 1Sa 14:45; 2Sa 14:11.
DOES HE NOT CONVICT HIMSELF?: "You are the man!" (2Sa
12:7). 'Should not Absalom, the heir, be treated with at least as much respect
as the lowliest of your subjects?' (Note: David seems powerless to do the right
thing, time after time.)
HE DEVISES WAYS SO THAT A BANISHED PERSON MAY NOT REMAIN
ESTRANGED FROM HIM: Cp God's forgiveness of David: 2Sa 12:13.
Joab seems to be growing increasingly proud of his high
position with David.
Absalom possesses physical perfection with moral imperfection
-- a deadly combination!
FROM THE TOP OF HIS HEAD TO THE SOLE OF HIS FOOT THERE WAS
NO BLEMISH IN HIM: "From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there
is no soundness -- only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or
bandaged or soothed with oil" (Isa 1:6).
TWO HUNDRED SHEKELS: 3 lbs 2 oz (JFB), or 5 lbs
(Dummelow, NIV mg).
THREE SONS AND A DAUGHTER WERE BORN TO ABSALOM: But
later he had no son: 2Sa 18:18.
BUT JOAB REFUSED TO COME TO HIM: Joab did not want to
risk another scheme to change David's mind. Cp v 19: David was wise to Joab's
IF I AM GUILTY OF ANYTHING, LET HIM PUT ME TO DEATH: A
veiled hint at David's greater guilt. Cp 2Sa 13:21: what could David do? His sin
weakened his power and authority to act.