2 Sam 15:1-37
Just when it seemed as though everything had calmed down, the past forgotten, sins forgiven, reconciliation complete, today we saw that Absalom had other plans in mind, plans to topple his father, David, from the throne. As we would later see, David was still suffering the consequences of his disobedience to God in the issue of Bathsheba the wife of Uriah.
Absalom cunningly won over the hearts of the men of Israel unto himself by showing himself to be affable, loveable, willing to come to their help, nice and humble. He also took to himself chariots and horses with fifty men to run before him in order to gain more recognition and popularity. Some of the people even followed Absalom unaware of his ulterior motives. At the designated time, as part of the final stages of his plan, he took permission from David to go to Hebron to fulfil a vow he had made to God. It was while in Hebron that he gave order to his appointed men that they should announce in Jerusalem that Absalom reign in Hebron.
David did not need to be told the implication of such an announcement, he knew what Absalom was capable of. He knew how for two years he hatched the plan to avenge Tamar of Amnon‘s sin, the same son had taken forty years to device a plan to usurp his own rulership in a conspiracy of the highest order. So, David had to depart Jerusalem with his people, he knew if they tarried they would not escape being killed by Absalom, and might also put the whole city in jeopardy. Thus began the exile of David from his own throne and city.
Absalom was able to enlist the support of Ahithophel, one of the most respected advisers of David. When David heard this, he needed to pray that God would turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. It was a time when loyalty is being tested, and David was fortunate to have men at his own beckon too. Notable was Hushai who initially wanted to follow David, but whom David was able to persuade to feign allegiance to Absalom, and serve as an informant on what goes on back in Absalom’s camp, and possible help in defeating the counsel of Ahithophel.
So, the struggle starts and will continue as Absalom returns to Jerusalem to reign. How would David be delivered from his current trouble, one coming from his own closes neighbour, his own son? We will wait and see as we continue in the study in the following days.
Some verses to remember
vs 6: And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgement: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
vs 10: But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.
vs 31: And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.