2 Samuel 15

2 Samuel 15 has Absalom turning against his father David the king.  Absalom spends four years setting up his plan to take the throne from David.  He did it under the radar and right in broad daylight as he offered to be judge between people when they had problems.  It wasn’t a quiet overthrow planned and plotted in the dark back closet.  It was done sitting at the gate to the city.  He had a mischievous plan and executed it.  “Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel”.  He took advantage of David’s lack of attention and focus and stole the kingdom right out under his nose.

Absalom tells David after four years of preparation “your servant vowed a vow while I lived at Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If the Lord will indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will offer worship to the Lord”.  Absalom asks David to allow him to go to Hebron and set up to which David agreed, but it was just another step in Absalom’s plan to rip the kingdom away from David.  When we look at David’s sons, he doesn’t have a very impressive run as a father.  He obviously wasn’t present much in their lives, and the relationship he has with them is not deep.

“The conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom kept increasing”.  It became obvious what Absalom’s intentions were – and that he was planning to replace David as king.  “David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom”.  David gathers those loyal to him and begins to move out of Jerusalem knowing that Absalom would be coming there soon to push him out.  He heads off from the city with his people leaving a few behind, namely priests to take care of the ministry.

The priests had brought the Ark of the Covenant out of Jerusalem to take it with the fleeing people of David, but he stops them and sends it back.  David tells them to “carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me back and let me see both it and his dwelling place”.  He wants the priests to live there and “send to me everything you hear”.  David wants some eyes and ears in the city to keep tabs on Absalom.  But David flees and sure enough, Absalom shows up and enters Jerusalem to take it.  Unfortunately David can provide a clinic on the results of sin and bad parenting by a father.  And that unfortunate journey continues here with Absalom.

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