I love how Carly incorporated the Psalms when she wrote for these chapters last time.
There are so many people mentioned in this story, it’s hard to keep it all straight. Who’s on who’s team, who is conspiring, who is staying, who is laying low, who is switching teams?
David doesn’t want to fight this battle. He doesn’t want a winner or a loser. He wants it all to be settled and for things to go back to normal, with his malicious son safely home.
There isn’t much mention of the LORD in these chapters, except this suspicious sentence:
“For the battle there was spread over the whole countryside, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.” (18:8)
What?! The forest had the most kills?? (This reminds me of Joshua 10:11 when more people died from hail stones than swords). It is a tree which captures Absalom.
Let that sink in for a minute: Nature, which is subject to the LORD, was fighting alongside David’s men, killing over 10,000 men, and followed the orders to “deal gently for my sake for the young man Absalom”. (18:5)
The LORD’s relationship with David is fascinating. I’m not going to comment further, but I’d love to hear your thoughts and observations.