Tag Archive: Absalom


Read: 2 Samuel 19:5-43 and chapter 20

The Daily Bible doesn’t give commentary on today’s reading.  What I find interesting, yet not surprising, is how fickle people can be.  Most of Israel was following the rebel leader Absalom, until God thwarted that plan and sent Absalom to his death resulting in the crowds quickly spinning on their heels, wanting David back as their leader.

Isn’t it interesting how easily swayed we can be by the ebb and flow of a crowd…to fit in… to be part of a majority?  As Christ followers, we are not to follow the majority.  Like the Israelites, ‘God’s chosen people’, we are to be set apart, to obey and live for Him…but also like ‘God’s chosen’, we can be so fickle.

“…We must obey God rather than men.”   Acts 5:29

But not the “wise woman” of Abel at the time of Sheba’s rebellion.  One unnamed woman speaks out apart from the crowd cowering inside the city of Abel where Sheba found refuge.  Awaiting the onslaught and ruin of their city from the forces of Joab just outside, this woman braved the warriors and bargained with Joab to save the city.

Because of her bravery and her willingness to obey God by speaking out, she singlehandedly saved the innocent inhabitants and ruin of her city…throwing Sheba’s head over the wall instead.

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Read: 2 Samuel 16:15-23, chapters 17 & 18 and 19:1-4

This is my fear.  My children growing up not walking with the Lord.

The Daily Bible doesn’t give commentary for today’s reading, but it’s a continuation of Absolom seeking to take the throne for himself and  killing his father, David, to do it.

How did this come to pass?  What did David do wrong as a parent?  Was Absalom just born to defy David and to want the throne for himself?  Possibly.  It is so hard to understand God’s plans…but through this trial, David turns only to God, above all else, as seen in yesterday’s reading in David’s prayer of desperation. (Psalm 3)

Poor David…a “man after God’s own heart.”  The epitome of a good Christian and yet after all he has been through, David’s greatest heartache is seen through the loss of his son.

“The king covered his face and cried out with a loud voice, ‘O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!'”   2 Samuel 19:4

 

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“David has been blessed abundantly, but not with the loyalty of his son Absalom.  The account of Absalom’s rebellion provides an insight into the political intrigue of David’s time and a further insight into the heart of this extraordinary king.”

Read: 2 Samuel 14:25-33, chapter 15, 16:1-14, Psalm 3

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Absalom’s Rebellion

“Perhaps nothing is sadder for a righteous father than to be burdened with a rebellious son — a son who so envies his father’s power that he is willing to oppose him openly and to disgrace him in every possible way.

As the historical record of this period begins, there is record of the birth of David’s son Solomon.  Solomon will prove to be of an altogether different character from that of his brother, and will one day succeed his father on the throne.”

Read: 2 Samuel 12:24-25, 2 Samuel 5:13-16/1 Chronicles 3:4-9/1 Chronicles 14:3-7, 2 Samuel 13, 14:1-24

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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