We continue with the Absalom account…
2 Sa 14:28-33
Now Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king’s face.
Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him.
So he sent again a second time, but he would not come.
Therefore he said to his servants,
“See, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there;
go and set it on fire.”
So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.
Then Joab arose, came to Absalom at his house and said to him,
“Why have your servants set my field on fire?”
Absalom answered Joab,
“Behold, I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say,
“Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me still to be there.”’
Now therefore, let me see the king’s face, and if there is iniquity in me, let him put me to death.”
So when Joab came to the king and told him, he called for Absalom. Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.
Absalom was home in Jerusalem, yet the king refused to see him.
The king, David, refused to see his own son…for two years.
Absalom sent for Joab.
He desired to send Joab before the king to inquire as to the situation.
Joab refused to come to Absalom.
Absalom decided to force Joab’s hand.
Absalom set fire to Joab’s barley field!
That did it.
Joab came to ask why he had done so.
Absalom told him.
So Joab told the king.
The king called for Absalom.
Absalom approached the king…prostrating himself on his face.
The king kissed Absalom.
Ah…all is well…
Or is it?