The story of Absalom, who reunited with David in the previous chapter, continues in 2 Samuel 15.
“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.’” – 2 Samuel 15:4
Absalom begins to connive to elevate himself among David’s people.
“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.” – 2 Samuel 15:6
Yep, we all know someone like this. 😊
“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.’” – 2 Samuel 15:10
Ruh-roh! Not what David intended!
“And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing.” – 2 Samuel 15:12
Everyone loves a good conspiracy, right?
“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.’” – 2 Samuel 15:14
I didn’t mention the verse, but it is stated in this chapter Absalom only has 200 men with him. Why is David afraid and fleeing? Surely David has more than 200 men on his side.
“The king set out, with his entire household following him; but he left ten concubines to take care of the palace.” – 2 Samuel 15:16
Yep, leave the concubines to take care of the house. Sigh. And here’s another sigh for the simple fact David has, and God allows David to have, concubines. Sigh.
“Then the king said to Zadok, ‘Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.’” – 2 Samuel 15:25
This is quite the overreaction to Absalom leaving with 200 men. Is there really the need to flee and beg to God?
“So Hushai, David’s confidant, arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.” – 2 Samuel 15:37
I just don’t get this chapter. Sure, Absalom connives to gain power and claims himself king. Sure, he has the support of many of the Israelites. Despite this, he only has 200 fighting men, far less than David. Yet David immediately packs up and flees and allows Absalom to walk in and take Jerusalem without a fight. This makes no sense! God loves war and bloodlust! The evidence in the Bible thus far tells us God will support David in his slaughter of Absalom. Again, why is David so afraid?
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 3: A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.