New Defender's Study Bible Notes
14:14 gathered up again. The inevitability of death is, quite incisively, here compared to water spilt on the ground, both being irreversible processes operating (as do all real processes) in accordance with the universal law of increasing entropy (or disorganization), also known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This ubiquitous scientific principle of increasing disorganization is clearly opposed to the anti-scientific theory of evolution, despite the widespread commitment of intellectuals to evolutionism. Only a miracle of creation, requiring the divine intervention of the Creator Himself, could suspend or reverse the law of entropy in a given process or system (e.g., restoration to life after death, gathering spilled water back up into its container). Evolution—with its cruelty and waste—is so contrary to God’s nature that He could never be responsible for it.
14:20 wisdom of an angel. This testimony of the “wise woman” of Tekoah (II Samuel 14:2), while exaggerating David’s wisdom, does indicate that the highest degree of wisdom to which human wisdom can be compared is that of “the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.” Angels are said also to “excel in strength” (Psalm 103:20). Thus angels evidently understand natural processes and can manipulate and control them to some considerable degree.
14:26 polled his head. Shaved his head.
14:26 two hundred shekels. Absalom indeed had a heavy head of hair, about five pounds worth. This would eventually play a part in his death, but it was very impressive and attractive to the people of Judah. With Amnon dead, many—perhaps even Joab—thought Absalom should be king after David.
14:27 three sons. In II Samuel 18:18, it was noted that Absalom at the time of his death had no sons. Evidently all three sons had died while still young.
14:33 kissed Absalom. This kiss was a formal indicator of reconciliation. However, it seems that neither forgave the other—David for the loss of his firstborn son, Absalom because David had done nothing about the rape of his sister. This unforgiving and unrepentant attitude would soon lead to open rebellion and warfare.