While David was reigning in power, his real enemies would not dare to oppose him, but Absalom’s revolt gave them what appeared to be a wonderful opportunity to resist the king and get away with it. It was a time of sifting David’s true followers from the false followers.
One day, feeling that his popular support was overwhelming, Absalom requested and received permission from the king to go to Hebron, allegedly to pay a vow … to the Lord which he had made while in exile in Geshur. For 4 years Absalom had been weaning the people away from David.
Now the time was ripe for revolution. When Absalom reached Hebron, the very center of the Davidic dynasty, where David had begun his reign (2 Sam. 3:2–3), Absalom announced his seizing of power (2 Samuel 15:10). The 200 men who accompanied him from Jerusalem were ignorant of his plans. Apparently they were won over as was Ahithophel … David’s own chief counselor.