Posted: February 11, 2016 in When the Wolf Howls
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Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 57

“So distorted!” … “misshapen!” they said.

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

“I have never had any regrets about killing Amnon. If my father had governed the way he should have then he would have demanded that Amnon receive the death sentence for the rape of my sister, but because of his own sexual crimes he did nothing! I had no other choice but to bring justice upon Amnon! Surely you of all people understand that what I did was right?”

“Murder is never right.” said Joab quietly. He saw so much of himself in this young man.

“But justice is!” said Absalom.

Joab came straight to the point with Absalom, “Your father wants you to come home. He still has you on his mind and in his heart. It has been long enough.”

“So now he wants me back, finally.” Absalom said, looking at Joab with fire in his eyes. “Why has it taken so long? He could have called me back to the palace long before this. What changed his mind?”

Joab said simply, “A wise woman from Tekoa. He may not agree with what you did but he does not think that estrangement is the answer.” He was not willing to say any more, but like Nathan he had used the woman’s situation as a simple parable to change the situation dramatically. He was not to know how much.

Absalom had waited and planned his return, yet it had seemed to take so long. He had almost given up hope. And now the message telling him to return had finally come. He looked forward to the royal welcome he deserved, with people lining the streets and his father offering him a total pardon. My destiny demands my presence in Jerusalem. Nothing and no-one is going to stand in my way.

It was almost as Absalom wanted it. His return to Jerusalem attracted considerable attention. He wore a purple robe with Asahel’s dagger in his belt beneath it. He brought with him considerable sized flocks and herds and he now had a family. The people recognised him immediately because of his long hair and cheered their welcome.

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

A huge being, shimmering with light, moved the fabric of time just a fraction and pointed him out. “Absalom is considered to be a very handsome man. It is said that no-one is as handsome in all Israel. No defect they say. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Like a sacrificial lamb dedicated to God. And he is the king’s son, they say.” They murmured. Incredulous, they thought.

“Somehow they don’t see the ugliness that disfigures him. It is there, beyond what they are seeing, past the blue eyes and confident smile, past the smooth words and bronzed muscular frame, open to the eyes of God and to you and I, and at times to those who have prophetic insight.”

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

It pleased Absalom to see his mother and his sister Tamar again, but his father, the king, was not there to welcome him at the city gate. He went with Joab to be announced to his father but after some time, Joab returned to say, “The king is not willing to see you.”

“What do you mean ‘not willing’?” Absalom said.

“He will not see you face to face.” Joab said, “Give him more time.”

Absalom was furious, “I have already given him three years. Isn’t that enough?”

Joab glared. He was a man of few words. He said with a voice that challenged disobedience, “Go home!”

Absalom stormed out of the palace. His heart was becoming harder and he decided to use the unfairness of David to his advantage. He began to plan his future and reacquaint himself with the people of his past.

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

“Somewhere in the area of the heart is something born from years of bitterness that twists Absalom’s appearance such that he is more ugly than any man in Israel. From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot,” the angelic hosts observed. “So twisted and ugly,” they all agreed. “Unclean. Like the heart of the one who is his master,” they said.

Pastor Ross

See also Above the Storm

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