Teaching Kids Key Life Learnings from 100 Biblical Characters: No. 48 – Absalom

What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Absalom?

Context(2 Samuel 13-19):  Absalom was the eldest son of king David.

Absalom Conspires Against David

As we have seen over and over in the Bible, when a father does not train up a child in the way he should go, the son will grow up to be just like all his father’s worst traits.   Absalom plotted to turn the hearts of the people away from king David so that he could be king.  He was a charismatic leader, but did not have integrity or a heart for God.

Key Life Learnings:

The greatest inheritance is the gift of repentance (2 Samuel 18):  Although king David made many mistakes in his life, he was always ready to repent and to ask God for forgiveness.  As a result, he was known as the man after God’s own heart.  Unfortunately, David was lacking in the parenting department and never taught his son Absalom this character trait.  Any time Absalom could have turned from his wicked ways and repented and restored his relationship with God and his father David.  He never did that however and ended up estranged from his father and hanging from a tree with 3 spears through his heart.

Ask your children if there is anything that they need to repent of in their hearts.  Better yet, show them what real repentance looks like by repenting of your own sins in front of them.  You will never give them a better gift than the gift of repentance.

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