Day One Hundred Five, II Sam. 19-20,
Lots going on in today's reading, but a couple of things are interesting to me.
The first irony is that when David is mourning for Absalom, our friend Joab (the one who killed Absalom!) seems to rebuke him. He says, "Today you have humiliated all your men, who have just saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters and the lives of your wives and concubines. You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead. Now go out and encourage your men."
The other interesting thing to me is that now that David is back in charge in Jerusalem, we have none other than Shimei, come to beg David's forgiveness for calling down curses on David. And you know what? David forgives him...at least for the time being. David assures him that he will not die.
Then we have another "troublemaker" by the name of Sheba, who tries to usurp the throne of David. David acts pretty quickly to squash Sheba's rebellion, but in the process, Joab once again takes matters into his own hands and murders Amasa, the man that David had appointed as commander of the army in place of Joab.
Because of this, we'll see later exactly how David feels about Joab and what should happen. to him.