This chapter in 2 Samuel about the exile and return of Absalom, King David’s son, reflects the perennial theme of Exile and Return found throughout the Bible.
Amnon’s assault of his sister Tamar further exposes the systemic sin of sexual immorality in the House of David. Today, Christ’s sacrifice for sin cleanses, heals and restores all who bear such shame and guilt.
Paul puts the spotlight on the homes and families of the Colossians
In a Spirit-filled family, children obey their parents in the Lord and fathers do not provoke their children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
The family is God’s basic institution, and the church is God’s family, of which Christ is head. The true and only source of power in life is the Holy Spirit, and His power manifest in a life of obedience to the gospel of God. As we are transformed by a full-orbed gospel, our families, and thereby the church, will be transformed and prepared to engage culture at every level.