Summary: This sermon is about those times when we ignore God and what can happen when we fail to forgive someone.
Are You Ignoring Someone?
25 Now in all Israel there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good looks. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
26And when he cut the hair of his head--at the end of every year he cut it because it was heavy on him--when he cut it, he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels according to the king's standard.
27To Absalom were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a woman of beautiful appearance.
28And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, but did not see the king's face.
29Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him. And when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
30So he said to his servants, "See, Joab's field is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire." And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
31Then Joab arose and came to Absalom's house, and said to him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?"
32And Absalom answered Joab, "Look, I sent to you, saying, 'Come here, so that I may send you to the king, to say, "Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still." ' Now therefore, let me see the king's face; but if there is iniquity in me, let him execute me."
33So Joab went to the king and told him. And when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom.
The first 2 verses draw a picture of Absalom
so we can see how handsome he was.
He was very good looking.
He was a son David could have really been proud of.
27 To Absalom were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar. She was a woman of beautiful appearance.
Absalom has 3 boys and a daughter.
Look what he named his daughter!
Tamar, in honor of his dear sister
who was devastated by a rape from Amnon.
That tells you something about what was in Absalom's heart
and what has been on his mind for a long time.
Remember that Absalom waited 2 years before killing Amnon.
2 Samuel 13:38 says
So Absalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
He spent 3 years hiding at his grandpa and grandma's house.
In today's text, Verse 28 says Absalom lived 2 years in Jerusalem
without seeing his father.
So 7 years have passed since the rape of his sister Tamar.
Absalom has carried this anger in his heart for a long time!
Amnon is dead so his anger can't be toward him.
So who could Absalom be angry with?
Look at Verse 29.
29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him. And when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
Absalom wants a face-to-face meeting with his father.
I wonder why?
Even though Joab took steps to get David's permission
for Absalom to come home,
it seems like that's all he wants to do.
Twice he ignores Absalom's message asking for help.
Absalom is forced to take drastic measures.
30 So he said to his servants, "See, Joab's field is near mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire." And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
There's nothing like a big fire to get people's attention.
It certain got Joab's attention!
Joab must have wondered what Absalom might do next
if he continued to ignored Absalom's messages.
Now what Absalom did doesn't seem right.
but Absalom believed he had no other choice.
Because he was ignored or simply disregarded,
he had to do something drastic to get Joab's attention.
Point #1. Sometimes God allows bad things to happen to get our attention.
Burning a barley field was a pretty drastic action.
I often wonder what God will have to do
to get some people's attention.
This may sound like the wrong thing to do...
but I am praying for God to do what it takes
to get the attention of some people I know.
As a preacher, I have a responsibility to preach the Bible
in trying to get people's attention.
I am not always heard.
Sometimes, I am ignored.
Often the Word of God is disobeyed...
in spite of Its continued warnings.
I find today that even church people live...
as if there was no God.
Sure, they say they believe in Him...