I Samuel 15 Part 1–He Stole the Hearts of the People of Isreal

Absalom simply was not OK! While his father had welcomed him back to the kingdom, the wedge that had been forged between Absalom and David was a permanent one.  Absalom began to slowly, systematically and completely build a plan to undermine David and his kingdom.  Absalom became a man of the people. He sat outside the city gate and listened to the aggrieved people. He showed empathy and seemed to care for them.  Something they did not seem to get from their king.  Absalom also built a following and as the scripture says it, “He stole the heart of the people!”
 
The consequences of sin are so far-reaching. David had no idea his behavior would actually take away all that truly mattered to him.  In the course of his time after Bathsheba, he lost his peace, his son, and his hold over the people of Israel.  Fortunately for David–God was still in charge. It was God’s grace that ultimately spared David’s life and his kingdom.  It is the same with us. Our sin undermines our lives. We literally destroy the very things we hope to attain by trying to gain them outside of God’s plan.  He tells us–“Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you!” Matthew 6:33. David continued to seek God, Absalom did not. In the end–God prevailed. If we will seek the Lord with our hearts, then He will prevail and we will have full and meaningful lives.  We will not have to steal our life’s dreams–God will provide!
 
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In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.”

Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

At the end of four[a] years, Absalom said to the king, “Let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the Lord. While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: ‘If the Lord takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the Lord in Hebron.[b]’”

The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he went to Hebron.

10 Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’” 11 Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter. 12 While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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