David’s exile from Jerusalem

2 Sam 16:1-23

As we saw from yesterday, David and the people with him, having left Jerusalem. continued to run away from Absalom. Loyalties are further tested today as we saw Ziba- Mephiboseth’s servant coming to the aid of David, with provisions for him and his men. Mephiboseth however saw David’s exile as an opportunity for him to be made king in Jerusalem, being a descendant of Saul. This was despite all the kindness that David showed him in allowing him to dine at the king’s table all the days of his life.

One notable event on the way out of Jerusalem was the one that involved Shimei, another man from the family of Saul. As the king and his people went on their way, he followed after David, cursing him and throwing stones at him. Abishai one of David’s soldiers wanted to go cut off Shimei’s head for his actions, but David told him not to; saying that maybe the Lord would see what Shimei was doing and have mercy on him. And so, David continued on his exile from Jerusalem.

Back in Jerusalem, Absalom and his people arrived to take over the kingdom. Hushai also came as instructed by David, and pretended to be on Absalom’s side. Absalom then asked Ahithophel and Hushai what would be the next thing to do? Ahithophel as we learnt was a very great and wise counsellor, his advise were like oracles directly from God. He told Absalom to publicly sleep with the concubines left behind by David in order to show how much he would be abhorred by his father, and so strengthen his men. Hardly did they all know that god had already spoken through Nathan the prophet that this act would be one of David’s punishment for sleeping with Bathsheba.

So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the palace; and he went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel as Nathan had prophesied. What will happen next after these? Absalom would want to ensure he pursues after his father and possibly have him captured or killed. How would David be delivered? We;ll wait and see as we continue with the study.

Some verses to remember

vs 11-12: And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

vs 22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.

vs 23  And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.


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