8 11, 2018

Faith in Rejection

By | 2018-11-06T11:40:19+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 15:13–37, David’s true friends are identified.  Leaving Jerusalem was a wise move for David, for it would not have taken much force to make him a prisoner in his own palace. Note that the Gentiles in his army, led by Ittai the Gittite, were loyal to their king.  It is likely that these men had stood with David during [...]

7 11, 2018

Surprising Loyalty

By | 2018-11-04T18:49:01+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 15:13–23, news quickly reached the capital that Absalom had effected a coup and that all was lost. David, convinced of the hopelessness of his cause and anxious to spare the city from destruction, made his plans to depart and head east for the Transjordan.  He left behind 10 housekeeping concubines. The people, including 600 Gittites (faithful men who had [...]

6 11, 2018

True Colors

By | 2018-11-04T18:47:02+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

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 [...]

5 11, 2018

Open Revolt

By | 2018-11-04T18:45:03+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

2 Samuel 15:6 Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.  Absalom wasted little time in building a loyal group of followers. He openly criticized his father’s administration and secretly stole the hearts of the people.  Note that the “forty years” of 15:7 is translated “four years” in other versions. If the number forty is the correct number, then we do [...]

3 11, 2018

Is It Election Season?

By | 2018-10-29T11:56:27+00:00 November 3rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

Absalom’s first move to achieve his purposes of revenge was to make himself conveniently available (by the side of the road leading to the city gate, with his chariot and 50 men) to hear the complaints of the citizens. Cleverly he insinuated that the king was too busy to hear them and that David had not even provided lesser judges to adjudicate [...]

2 11, 2018

Embittered Absalom

By | 2018-10-29T11:54:04+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

After two more years of estrangement from his father, Absalom twice sought Joab’s help in bringing about a final resolution of their differences. Rebuffed each time, Absalom resorted to dramatic action—he set Joab’s barley field on fire, which did get the general’s attention. Joab then intervened with the king and at last made it possible for Absalom to be reunited with his [...]

1 11, 2018

Handsome Absalom Returns

By | 2018-10-29T11:43:42+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

David had no alternative but to act on the sentiment he had expressed to the woman concerning forgiveness, even though he had been conned into doing so. He sent Joab to bring his alienated son, Absalom, back. But when Absalom returned David refused to meet him personally or to let him visit the palace. Perhaps David felt that too ready a reconciliation would [...]

31 10, 2018

Political and familial intrigue

By | 2018-10-29T11:40:14+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

After David made his ruling about the woman's parable, the wise woman boldly confronts the king with the meaning of her parable. In granting amnesty to an unknown murderer it was now incumbent on him that he do the same for his own son Absalom. There are circumstances, she said, under which the death penalty need not be applied, particularly where premeditation was [...]

29 10, 2018

Missing an estranged son

By | 2018-10-28T22:44:11+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

After killing his half-brother for raping his sister, David’s son Absalom, had been estranged from his father David for three years. It was evident to everyone that David missed his exiled son but no one knew how to achieve Absalom’s return and a reconciliation.  In 2 Samuel 14:1–7, Joab convinced or commanded a clever woman from Tekoa to disguise herself as a [...]

27 10, 2018

Revenge and murder.

By | 2018-10-21T15:42:41+00:00 October 27th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 13:23–29, that two long years passed before Absalom effected his plan for retaliation. He hosted a festival to celebrate the time of sheepshearing, a custom observed in Israel from earliest times (Genesis 38:12–13; 1 Samuel 25:2, 8).  He invited and urged his father David to join him at Baal Hazor for the festivities, but David declined. Absalom [...]

26 10, 2018

Humiliation and hatred.

By | 2018-10-21T15:40:57+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 13:15–19, that in revulsion at what he had done, Amnon now hated Tamar more than he had previously loved her. This indicates, of course, that his original feelings had not been love but only lust.  To add insult to injury and in further violation of the Law, Amnon sent Tamar away. This suggests not only his desire [...]

25 10, 2018

Assault and rape.

By | 2018-10-21T15:38:30+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 13 about more of the judgment as described by by Nathan. Because of his affair with Bathsheba David had been told by Nathan the prophet that the sword would never depart from his house (2 Samuel 12:10). It was not long before he began to experience the heartbreaks of rape and murder within his own family. In [...]

24 10, 2018

Victorious again.

By | 2018-10-21T15:36:22+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 12:24–25 that another son was born to David and Bathsheba David new son had a double name.  His first name was called Solomon which means “peace.” This was the name given to the son by David and Bathsheba. His first name was called Jedidiah which means “loved by the Lord.” This was the name given to the [...]

23 10, 2018

Both Judgement and Mercy

By | 2018-10-21T15:43:57+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

To David’s credit, he did not deny his guilt as Saul did when Samuel accused him (1 Samuel 15:13-14). David confessed his guilt openly. Psalm 51 is a statement of his confession and repentance.  Nathan pronounced God’s judgement on David. The judgment began with the child of David and Bathsheba. David prayed and fasted earnestly for the child’s life. David had felt [...]

22 10, 2018

Catastrophic slide.

By | 2018-10-21T15:27:41+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

The past two weeks we have been learning about the seriousness and the consequences of sin. Sin comes with a great cost. We have been looking at the downward spiral of King David. Know one decides to ruin their life. But King David’s pride led to his passivity. King David’s pride led to his passivity which led to his lust. King David’s [...]

7 10, 2018

God’s Love = Kind, Loyal, Faithful, Merciful.

By | 2018-10-02T11:50:55+00:00 October 7th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 9:1–8. David had pledged to Jonathan that he would never forget the covenant of friendship that had bound them together (1 Sam. 20:14–17). He therefore called Ziba, a servant of Saul, and asked him if some member of Saul’s family had special need (2 Sam. 9:2–3; cf. 1 Sam. 20:42). Ziba replied that Mephibosheth, the disabled son of Jonathan [...]