2 Samuel 15:1-4 – “In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. 2 He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” 3 Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” 4 And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that he gets justice.” NIV
Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday and continue to look at this important issue in every person’s life, especially believers.
From the “Spirit of Hatred”, we move to the “Spirit of Revenge.” It is here that “hatred” and “unforgiveness” from past hurts or perceived wrongs if not completely and totally rolled onto the Lord will produce a “Spirit of Revenge and Vengeance” where we become god in the situation. We obviously do not become God be we assume the role of God through our actions and attitudes. That is a most dangerous place!
As I said yesterday Amnon was a first-class skunk and deserved punishment for what he did! There is absolutely no justification for his actions. The problem for Absalom (v.23) is that it produced a “Two-Year-Old Grudge” and led to cold calculated premeditated murder! There was no place for forgiveness and not attempt to resolve the issue through the proper channels. Absalom assumed the role of God and took matters into his own hands and resulted in his ultimate destruction. Oh, Amnon received punishment but Absalom received what was an equal if not greater punishment.
This spirit usurps God’s authority and produces self-righteousness that justifies every action involved in the process. It violates Scripture.
Romans 12:19 – “Vengeance is mine; I will repay says the Lord…”
(vv 20-21) – – Describes the action God desires from us toward our enemies or perceived enemies: “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
That is taught in Deuteronomy! It is something that Absalom would have been taught as a child and had to quote for his Bar-mitzvah to become a man! He had no excuse. Revenge says “My Rights!” Love says “I have no rights, I’m the Bond Salve of the Lord, I belong to the Lord so if they hurt me they hurt the Lord and I trust Him to be the Righteous Judge.” That is not easy and unless we stay under the shelter of His arms it is not possible at times.
I pray that as you go through your day may you will walk in the blessings of the Lord and know His incredible Peace!