2 Samuel 15 Part 2–Absalom’s Rebellion

The Saddest part of David’s sin was that he lost the ability to keep peace within his family. His son, Absolom now sought his throne. He had gained the hearts of the people,  and now he was moving to overthrow his father’s kingdom.  Amazingly, His plan was sound. He built slow and by the time the rebellion began Absolom had great momentum.  So, David fled. He took the rest of the family and departed Jerusalem. Make no mistake, David was still a beloved king, but it had become clear that his son was going to take the throne. David had never felt so defeated and betrayed. David Had to focus though and began the systematic withdraw from his home.
 
The far-reaching hands of sin can be deadly. But, even when we are spared, the pain and loss we suffer can never be worth the immediate gratification we seek.  That is why we hide God’s word in our heart. That is why we seek him first.  That is why we are always looking to be released form encumbrances and the sin that entangles us.  We want to honor God’s call–do not conform any longer to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Romans 12:1.
 
God is faithful to forgive our sin when we repent, but, he never promises to take away sins effects on our lives. The greatest victory we can ever experience is the victory of following God closely.  The greatest defeat is walking away from his leadership.  Help me, Lord to follow your lead!
 
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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.

David Flees

13 A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”

14 Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”

15 The king’s officials answered him, “Your servants are ready to do whatever our lord the king chooses.”

16 The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace. 17 So the king set out, with all the people following him, and they halted at the edge of the city. 18 All his men marched past him, along with all the Kerethites and Pelethites; and all the six hundred Gittites who had accompanied him from Gath marched before the king.

19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland. 20 You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the Lord show you kindness and faithfulness.”[c]

21 But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”

22 David said to Ittai, “Go ahead, march on.” So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.

23 The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.

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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