Intimidation and Unhealthy Leaders

Calvary Life Family Worship Center

2 Samuel 14:21-33 “Intimidation & Unhealthy Leaders”
Joab persuaded David to allow Absalom to return to Jerusalem but employed a story to manipulate his emotions. Absalom was highly thought of: “Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him.” (25) Israel’s view of Absalom was based on natural perceptions blinded or ignorant of his true nature. After two years Absalom became discontent with his restored location wanting to gain access to the king. When he contacted Joab, he did not respond so he sent his servants to burn his field. Absalom moved beyond manipulation into intimidation. When Joab asked why he did this, Absalom expressed discontentment with what Joab had done for him demanding to see the king’s face as if he’d done nothing wrong (32). Joab spoke to the king and he granted his request, “…and the king kissed Absalom.” (33c). Absalom was not interested in acquiring the king’s affections, but coveted his position and power. Intimidation and manipulation are the tools of unhealthy leaders.