2 Timothy 2:15 is the only command in the Bible to study. The verse has been changed in most modern “bible” translations. The key words “Study” and “dividing” have been removed.
This chapter divides into two parts: 1. Joab’s manipulation of David to receive Absalom back (14:1-28) 2. Absalom’s manipulation of Joab to get him to appeal to David (14:29-33)
Manipulation is a ploy used to control people (the control game).
According to some Bible historians there were 13 funnel shaped receptacles at the treasury for people to give their offerings. Each receptacle was marked where the offering would go—Five designated for the Lord; Four designated for the poor.
Some “friends” are not really friends. Jonadab was supposed to be Amnon’s friend (v. 3). Yet, he knew from the beginning that Absalom planned to murder Amnon (13:32). He could have ￼warned Amnon about Absalom’s plot, but he didn’t. Some kind of “friend.”
You must establish standards and convictions based in the Word of God about what is right and wrong. Biblical standards can restrain you from doing something you will later regret.
Sometimes, God must temporarily hurt us to keep us from great harm later. The willingness to administer pain to prevent greater pain in the future is a mark of true love!