Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Woman of Tekoa’s Performance

Absolom was so upset with Amnon for what he did to Tamar, that he ended up murdering him. Then he fled to Geshur to avoid being executed himself. 

David missed Absolom and longed to go see him, but he didn’t. 

Joab, David’s nephew and the commander of David’s army, saw how troubled the king was over the situation, so he devised a plan to to reunite David with his son. 

Joab sent to Tekoa and called for a certain wise woman. He explained the situation to her and told her that he wanted her to dress in mourning attire and pretend to be a woman who had been mourning the dead for a long time. Then he gave her a script to memorize and present to the king.

When she came into the king’s presence, she begged for his help.

When he asked what troubled her, she shared her story. 

“Alas, I am a widow; my husband is dead. And your servant had two sons, and they quarreled with one another in the field. There was no one to separate them, and one struck the other and killed him. And now the whole clan has risen against your servant, and they say, ‘Give up the man who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed.’” (2 Samuel 14:5-7a ESV)

Her story touched King David. He offered to take care of her situation, but she wasn’t done yet. 

This gifted woman spoke to David’s heart in a way that no one else had been able to do. God used her gifting as an actress to impact the life of a king.

Read about the woman of Tekoa in Scripture: 2 Samuel 14:1-8.

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