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Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 15.1-12

2 Samuel 15.1-12
Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him. 2 Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And he would say, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” 3 Then Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.” 4 Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.” 5 And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. 6 In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel. 7 Now it came about at the end of forty years that Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go and pay my vow which I have vowed to the Lord, in Hebron. 8 For your servant vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If the Lord shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord.’” 9 The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron. 10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’” 11 Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything. 12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Absalom.

Power, control and fame is what people often are tempted to have and seek after in this life.  Absalom seems to want it all with some quiet planning of a coup.  He wants to be king (1 Kings 1.5) and takes steps to do so, but that is not God’s will.

Going against God’s will Absalom spends four years* (planning this coup with securing military weapons and supporters (15.1; 1 Kings 1.5), criticizing his Dad’s administration (15.2-3), promising to rule better than David (15.4) and then he tries to use charm and flattery (15.5-6). [*In 15.7, it says forty years, but it seems clear from chronological references that it is rather four than forty.]  Absalom rebels and the number of people seeking to side with him was growing. 

Absalom was going against God’s anointed king, which is similar to the reaction of the Jews against Jesus.  The Jews did not want Jesus to rule over them.  As a result, Jesus departed from them, but will one day return from heaven from which He will return to reign over all people.  Let us submit our lives to God’s chosen Messiah, Jesus and accept His rule and reign in our daily lives. 

Weekly Memory Verse: O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34.8