2 Samuel 18 Part 1–The Death of Absalom and the Wages of Sin

Absolom tried every way to trap and kill his Father. He sought the counsel of the leaders he amassed Israel’s army and attempted to hunt David down. He did everything but seek God and honor God, and that cost Absalom his life.  It was an unceremonious death, really. He got caught in a tree by his hair. David’s general executed him in the tree and his men threw him in a pit and covered him with rocks. All at once, the battle was over.  Sadly, 20,000 men lost their lives in the battle–a battle that had no real merit.  David’s sin had cost him, cost his family, cost his people. What a price to pay for sin,
 
In Romans 6:23, Paul tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” We are so fortunate to be able to see God absorb the wages of our sin.  The verse is by no means a promise that we will not see the consequence of our sin.  David saw it.  But, while the consequence of our sin may devastate us and affect lives around us; God will walk through it with us, forgive us and lead us to the end of the journey! Absalom turned from God and his father to make a name–that name became a tragedy. David turned to God and humbled himself. God gave David the name of “Man after God’s own heart”. God made David the father of the lineage of our Lord and restored him as king. David was not perfect, he was simply committed to following God to the end.  Help me, Lord to also remain committed to following you to the end.
 
God Bless You
 
Remember, today is the National Day of Prayer–So pray!

David’s army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. There Israel’s troops were routed by David’s men, and the casualties that day were great—twenty thousand men. The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.

Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.

10 When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.”

11 Joab said to the man who had told him this, “What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels[b] of silver and a warrior’s belt.”

12 But the man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels[c] were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king’s son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.[d]’ 13 And if I had put my life in jeopardy[e]—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.”

14 Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree. 15 And ten of Joab’s armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.

16 Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them. 17 They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.

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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