16 11, 2018

David and His Followers are Saved.

By | 2018-11-12T07:23:50-05:00 November 16th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 17:21–22, we read how Jonathan and Ahimaaz finally arrived at David’s camp. Their advice was designed to prepare David and his group for the worst-case scenario, that of an imminent predawn lightning raid of the type suggested by Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:1–3). David and his group had spent the entire day making a headlong twenty-mile journey from Jerusalem to [...]

15 11, 2018

Deceiving Assassins

By | 2018-11-12T07:18:50-05:00 November 15th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

By frustrating Ahithophel’s counsel, Hushai had accomplished the first mandate Israel’s king-in-exile had given him (15:34). To fulfill his royal mission, however, Hushai had to perform one more task—convey to David the intimate details of Absalom’s plan of action. Without hesitation, Hushai sought out “Zadok and Abiathar” (2 Samuel 17:15), David’s priests, and told them what both he and “Ahithophel” had “advised [...]

14 11, 2018

A Second Opinion

By | 2018-11-12T07:11:19-05:00 November 14th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 17:5–10, we read about an an act that would have huge implications for Absalom and his government, however, the new king decided to consult Hushai before proceeding. On the surface Absalom’s request seemed reasonable: Ahithophel and Hushai had both provided David with valuable advice, and now David’s son wished to determine the best possible plan of action. Accordingly, he [...]

13 11, 2018

A Brilliant Plan Ignored

By | 2018-11-11T20:02:44-05:00 November 13th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 17:1–4, Absalom had unambiguously claimed Israel’s throne for himself. Now the most pressing task became that of eliminating David, the only credible threat to Absalom’s newfound power. This second objective was more challenging than the first, for David was a man of incredible military skill and resourcefulness. No enemy had ever succeeded in capturing or killing David, in spite [...]

12 11, 2018

Ugly Revolt!

By | 2018-11-11T19:55:46-05:00 November 12th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

 In 2 Samuel 16:20–23 we read about Absalom succeeding in gaining control of both the throne and the royal palacein an impressive bloodless coup. Now strengthening his grip on both became the central issue for his fledgling administration to deal with. For guidance in this all-important task Absalom sought the advice of Ahithophel. Ahithophel’s plan was brazen, simple, and almost sure to [...]

8 11, 2018

Faith in Rejection

By | 2018-11-06T11:40:19-05:00 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 | 2018-11-04T18:49:01-05:00 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 | 2018-11-04T18:47:02-05:00 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 | 2018-11-04T18:45:03-05:00 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 | 2018-10-29T11:56:27-05:00 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 | 2018-10-29T11:54:04-05:00 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 | 2018-10-29T11:43:42-05:00 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 | 2018-10-29T11:40:14-05:00 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 | 2018-10-28T22:44:11-05:00 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 | 2018-10-21T15:42:41-05:00 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 | 2018-10-21T15:40:57-05:00 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 [...]