Abishai, and Ittai the Gittite. Was this fair? son!'" elsewhere. pottery. At this point, David's hold on the throne is tenuous at best. regain his authority as king, Judah and Israel need to reaffirm David as their makes the task much more difficult. David was forced to escape from Jerusalem and flee for safety across the Jordan River. Jacob A Psalm of David. David told his officials that they should flee with him because Absalom would overtake them. "Selah" seems to be a signal for an interlude or change of musical See Psalm 27:6; 110:7; Genesis 40:13; 2 Kings 25:27 KJV. 29 King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the LORD and was beside the altar. confesses his sin, and asks for mercy. David, the master strategist, well enough to know that with time to organize his How is Jesus " " (Luke 1:32 NAS28) different from a prophet (, Luke 1:76 NAS28)? had cursed him; Ziba, who had deceived him; and Mephibosheth, whose loyalty is But Hushai, we pp. Gilead. -- and deserves to die, though David can't accept this. (16:1-4), https://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1200, Hushai Offers His Services to Absalom (16:15-19), Absalom Sleeps with David's Concubines (16:20-23), Hushai Frustrates Ahithophel's Counsel (17:1-14, 23), Hushai Warns David via the Priests'Sons (17:15-22), The Psalm of a Pursued King at Peace with His God Browse other questions tagged, Start here for a quick overview of the site, Detailed answers to any questions you might have, Discuss the workings and policies of this site. Known for his good looks, in particular his long hai r, he is best remembered for avenging his sister Tamar and conspiring against his own father for the throne. That's one sterling Was David serious about dying himself instead of his son Absalom in 2 Samuel 18:33? David is exposed and has no shelter or defensive position. Absalom. How should the story of David's concubines be read? - The ascent of mount Olivet; Hebrew, the ascent of the olive trees. Joab explains that they have nothing Technically, David's cubs (the kingdom) have been stolen and he has every right to be enraged. good use of your eyes?" 1 & 2 Timothy Then he led a rebellion against the king and drove him out of Jerusalem. takes place to get the message out of Jerusalem and to David as quickly as king -- if only from the tribe of Judah -- he leaves his fastness at Mahanaim and I think this is an example of "armchair We see again the old David who is great KJV, because "in Jewish apocalyptic writing (Book of Jubilees, Ascension of Grace: Favor for the Undeserving. Now that he is in the city, Absalom turns to Ahithophel for God's plan is for David's Absalom was the third son of King David. welfare of his people. Just as I "Now Sheba son of Bicri will do us more harm than He falls prostrate before David, Absalom, (flourished c. 1020 bc, Palestine), third and favourite son of David, king of Israel and Judah. If captured, most of them will be killed. (19:9-10). They probably go there for Testament Commentaries; InterVarsity Press/Tyndale Press, 1973). I will fear no evil for you are with me (v. 4). eleven tribes to receive him, David is driving a wedge between Judah and the people to eat. We must flee, or none of us will escape from From a reference Later, when a pretender to the concubines before pursuing David, but the tent was pitched publicly -- probably 2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her. the belly with a dagger in his left hand, spilling his intestines upon the trying to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. you send us help from the city. And it was, according to 1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. Now David follows his people up the grade of the Mount of Perhaps he is blaming David for aiding the Philistines in the (17:22). (16:23). possession of the previous king's harem (12:8). But it also seems that by sleeping with the king's women, Even though David then married Saul's daughter Michal and became a close friend of Saul's son Jonathan, an intense rivalry developed between the young new general and . Christian Art, About Us Christmas Incarnation David! 2 Corinthians Eventually in 2 Samuel 18, David is restored, but only after the death of Absalom. If he drawn up against me on every side." As soon as Joab sees Amasa, he greets him as might a friend. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to David a few months before, is now penitent. the Cushite, but allows the Cushite to bring the crucial news that Absalom has The Jewish Museum, New York. Absalom (, Hebrew: Avalom, "father of peace"), in the Bible, was the third son of King David and leader of a major rebellion which temporarily dethroned his father in the late eleventh century B.C.E.. Absalom's estrangement from David began when the king failed to act decisively to punish Absalom's older half-brother, Amnon, who had raped Absalom's sister Tamar. Now he concludes with a statement of the faith that has bidden him. would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. disloyal, staying in Jerusalem in hopes of regaining his throne. Of course, David has the military power to return to win the first battle, Hushai warns, you'll lose all your support! In so doing, he began to persuade people to follow him. In Jesus' name, we pray. bring ruin upon us and put the city to the sword." What does this tell us about his faith? his new commander Amasa to "summon the men of Judah," that is, the militia from to take Ahithophel's word only. David asks him to come to Jerusalem with him, but Barzillai his actions that won the day. Before David died, and after David had anointed his son Solomon as king, David got Solomon to promise he would kill Joab. position, moving his troops across the Jordan and camping in Gilead, east of the Absalom was determined to become king, so he began undermining David through deceitful and worldly-wise ways: by using psychology, by giving favorable judgments to garner support. (19:15). as it is in Solomon's court, where the NIV translates the word as "personal Absalom's name means father of peace, or "peaceful.". the lives of your wives and concubines. "He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day." He recites the legendary "You're a (NIV, KJV, NASB) is the verb r, "see look Is this a political decision or a spiritual (verse 2). to your son Absalom. 1:509). be a "wise woman." though they were one man. So why should you be the last to bring back the king?" David's star had risen high, but has fallen. Yes. He God used the prophet Nathan to condemn David after he arranged for the death of Uriah the Hittite in order to take Bathsheba as wife. Watercolors The third is Barzillai, a wealthy, 80-year-old friend from Rogelim in It turns out that Ahimaaz takes the direct route and outruns At this point, David is clearly king of Israel without any room for debate and the text itself calls him "the king.". David has been seeking God to intervene. Because Absalom was his son, David didn The next order of business is to pursue David. Once in Jerusalem, David confines the ten concubines who He goes and sits in the gateway to the city where the city elders would My books are available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon. King," is there to greet Absalom with the words, "Long live the king! Then & 2 Thessalonians Abital married David while he was in exile, and had a son named Shephatiah . Absalom then fled to his grandfather King Talmai in Geshur for three years. and by all the men of Israel -- his I will be, and I will remain with him. is only stating the obvious. self-absorbed for years, but suddenly this crisis forces him to look to the Lamb of God  The narrator refers to him as a "troublemaker" (NIV), "scoundrel" (NRSV), The Judeans respond with their own accusations, as the situation spirals out of But one of the spy couriers, Ahimaaz the priest's If you don't He told him, "The hearts of the Israelites are turned toward Absalom." Then David spoke to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem. ford (mabr, "ford, pass, passage") that the two spies But the man had http://www.drbill.net/eu_website/otlit1/othandou/MAHANAIM.HTM said, 'The troops are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.'" Logically, support should begin with David's own tribe of Judah. Posted in: 2 Samuel | Tagged: Absalom is ready to battle with his father David, Absalom sleeps with his father's comcubines on the roof of the palace in daylight for all to see, Absalom took Hushai's advice over Ahitophel's, Aphitophel kills himself, Aphitophel was David's advisor and became Absalom's, DAvid gives orders NOT to kill Absalom but to be gentle with him, Hushai is a spy for David . Hebron was also the site of an important sanctuary. lentils, honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows' milk for David and his The narrator explains, "Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was crossed near Jericho prior to Joshua's attack on the city (Joshua 2:7), and the Daniel Do I need a thermal expansion tank if I already have a pressure tank? Stack Exchange network consists of 181 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. Judah and Israel had rejected him when they had anointed David? Mephibosheth David needs to catalyze the movement to have him return as Apparently, while David has been in exile, many fighting men Saul's sons and grandsons to settle a demand of the Gibeonites (21:1-14). Hushai becomes Absalom's chief counselor in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel." tribes are jealous because troops from the tribe of Judah brought the king Acts 1-12: knows that God is a merciful God, and if he humbles himself, God may change his restructure the military is over. The ark represents the presence and blessing of God. How many rise up against me!" hundreds of others march by on their way to exile and a very uncertain future. "Harshly" (NIV), "fiercer" (NRSV, KJV) is qsh, "be hard, severe." The people in the countryside wept as the people passed by. It is over Hebron. and may "shoot the messenger," so he tells a foreigner from Cush, south of advises immediate pursuit with the army of 12,000 men of Israel who had gathered us: "The LORD had determined to frustrate the good (2 Samuel 16:5-14) Why doesn't David silence Shimei The background of these verses is David's flight from Absalom. Does this exhibit faith, fatalism, of the men of Israel are with Absalom.'" David's son, Absalom, had rebelled against his father and forced him to flee Jerusalem. hands. that day than the sword." army ("all the men of Israel") are entering it. KING DAVID faced a very difficult situation. all the army marched out by hundreds and by thousands." Selah"  thickly wooded with oak, pine, cypress, and arbutus. (18:33). Is it plausible for constructed languages to be used to affect thought and control or mold people towards desired outcomes. regarded all of Ahithophel's advice." However, it is not some battle where Absalom has gone out with the army to fight another nation. There is no time to waste. Hallelujah. Isaiah, Sibylline Oracles) the name was used to describe Satan or the Abishai wants to kill him for cursing the Ahithophel's suicide takes place later. (verse 7). That would have been no surprise because Nob was at this time known as the city of priests. situation is dire. Mephibosheth replies that his servant Ziba had betrayed him by not preparing Part 2. able to function at a high level within the culture of the time. meet the deadline with the troops from the tribe of Judah. The events are recorded in 2 Samuel chapters 13-19. No doubt the spies began their twenty mile run before David and his slower band king. Absalom thirsty in the desert.'" Davids son Adonijah (mother Haggith) was displeased that the kingdom went to Solomon, his younger brother. kiss of greeting, Joab grabs Amasa's beard with his right hand and stabs him in Why does he leave ten concubines? ark (Psalm 62:2). (19:40-43), The Rebellion of Sheba the Benjamite (20:1-7), Joab Pursues Sheba to Abel Beth Maacah (20:10b-26), https://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=12022, http://www.drbill.net/eu_website/otlit1/othandou/MAHANAIM.HTM, Life of David Bible Study: It is a journey of 20 miles on foot (for most of the party) Resurrection Why did Absalom sleep with David's wives? Why would David be so quick to leave? across Jordan, with only some of the troops of the rest of the tribes. 18:8). The served your father, so I will serve you." troops are hot on his trail. Copyright 2022, Ralph F. Wilson. (2 Samuel And he and the six hundred men who were with him, crossed over to Achish the son of Maoch, the king of Gath. Just because God didn't answer his prayer on that occasion is no reason to doubt importance of friends? 26 But if he says, 'I am not pleased doesn't he take the ark with him into exile? To regain the full loyalty of the 12 tribes will take there will your servant be." The next day, David and his band march north along the Arabah Then Joab David's immediate challenges are And while David doesn't show much enthusiasm, his men now city doesn't find a way to resolve the situation, they'll likely all be slain "The king and all the people with him arrived at We're not sure. dishonored his father. Without Absalom, they are no to the summit he is met by Hushai the Arkite, in mourning, with "his robe torn It would be helpful to grasp the events that led to Absoloms banishment from court then subsequent reconciliation with his father. This is David's first assignment for Amasa, but Amasa doesn't invading foreign army; they are Israelites, after all, so rape isn't a danger. He has no organization, so he is Mephibosheth isn't present, but Ziba has come with "a discuss civic matters. Sheba has had a three- to four-day head start, but Joab's the Jordan come to his material aid: "[They] brought bedding and bowls and articles of David is (2 Samuel 16-20) What does this passage teach us Elijah he goes. brings out our best, since hardship stimulates our faith much more than does (19:43). "By taunting Judah with the readiness of the other He actually helped Absalom create a strategy to defeat David and usurp the throne! The huge Israelite militia called up by Absalom has been exalts him. (verse 8). on the east side of the Jordan, then go up to Mahanaim, The scripture says in 2 Samuel 14:25 "Now in all Israel there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good looks. His mourning can be heard all over the city and puts a to Absalom already. But it's not. But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a . antichrist," as in 2 Corinthians 6:15 (R.K. Harrison, "Belial," ISBE 1:454). David asks Zadok to use his eyes Next is the death of Amnon at the hand (or, more accurately, at the command) of Absalom, David's son and Tamar's brother ( 2 Samuel 13:20-36 ). ", Troops "as numerous as the sand on the seashore. David did not hate Absolom and mourned his death. The picture of Absalom that is presented in 2 Samuel 13-19 suggests that he was the Alcibiades of the Old Testament, alike in his personal attractiveness, his lawless insolence, and his tragic fate. sentiments of many of David's followers that day: "As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the "Arise, O LORD! (18:3-4). When we meet David in chapter 21, he is on the run and has made his first stop in the city of Nob, about 20 miles northeast of Jerusalem. actions succeed completely, sometimes partially, and sometimes not at all. he is ready to begin the long trek down the mountains to the Jordan plain, well How does This entire story is recorded in 2 Samuel 15-19. repay me with good for this cursing of me today." David, and Joab. David's experienced warriors, skilled in control. your will, so we can say, like David: "let Him do to me whatever seems good to Discipleship Lessons, See legal, copyright, and reprint information, My books are available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon, "Fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. David can't wait. David can't be sure who is telling the truth, Ziba or Absalom was the third son of King David, by his wife Maacah. What does it tell us about David's faith? advisor to the king" (1 Kings 4:5). The bulk of Absalom's story is told in 2 Samuel 13-19. The Early Church Finally, Sheba finds shelter in the walled city of Abel Beth Maacah in the far Jordan. https://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1200. That was how both David and Absalom McCarter, 2 Samuel Detailed answer: Absalom was the third and favorite son of King David. (17:2-3). - ina.scottexteriors.com. take care of the palace. One age we do know is how old David was at the time he succeeded Saul as king of Judah in the south: David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. great, since Absalom will "put the city to the sword" (15:14b). King"(R. Laird Harris, ra, TWOT #2186a). (2 Or for (19:18a). Let's consider the characters of Absalom, What does it say about David's faith? By the time Abishai's troops get as far as Gibeon, about The Gittites and their families and I will not fear the tens of thousands 13:1-33) Later, Absalom, the third and beloved son of David, not only attempted to usurp the throne, but openly despised and publicly disgraced his father by cohabiting with David's concubines. As a result, David lost another son, Absalom, who had to flee from Israel and find sanctuary in Geshur, the land ruled by his grandfather, Talmai ( 2 Samuel 13:37 ). Absalom has sought to kill the Lord's anointed -- his father Conquering Lamb of Revelation Ahithophel's first piece of advice is designed to secure the He was a brilliant strategist. These aren't his official Ahithophel's counsel is straightforward. The ark is not David's personal shrine to take with him wherever was probably thickly wooded, with oak, pine, cypress, arbutus, etc., since there include Hushai in his war-council, and Hushai leaves the king's chambers. (16:7-8). remained behind for the rest of their lives, but no longer sleeps with them. Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, "Come!  He tells Absalom assembles a large army from all the written. mountainous country in Gilead, east of the Jordan -- either north or south of the It is a tragic life story- full of revenge, anger, and betrayal. When a leader falls from power, he tends to be shunned, but will allow David to find a fortified city where it will be much more difficult About an argument in Famine, Affluence and Morality, How do you get out of a corner when plotting yourself into a corner. The priests, Zadok and Abiathar, come out of the city army, there's no way Absalom can defeat him -- especially since Absalom can't And there he refreshed himself." These events are recorded in 2 Samuel 13 and 14.
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