2 Samuel 15: Absalom takes over Israel


Absalom takes to hanging out at the city gate and telling people who come to see the king that there is no judge to see them, and that he, Absalom should be made judge so he could help these poor people. The people love him for this and he does this for 40 years. Absalom asks David to let him go to Hebron to serve the Lord. David gives him permission. Of course, as soon as he is in Hebron, he declares himself ruler and sends spies out and people increasingly side with Absalom. David learns of this conspiracy he and his servants flee. He leaves 10 concubines to keep the house while he is away. 600 people leave with King David. The Levites try to bring the Ark with David – but he orders them back to the city – it’s God’s will whether he should be in charge of it or not. He asks Zadok – the seer to stay with the Ark and to deliver messages to him. He asks Hushai, the Archite, to go and offer his services as a counsel to Absalom and to spy on him and to deliver messages for David through Zadok.

In other words:

Absalom spends 40 years gaining power and eventually forces King David to flee the city.

Favorite bit:

2 Samuel 15:5,6 And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgement: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Least favorite bit:

2 Samuel 15:14 – the conspiracy is strong so David, just ups and flees. Doesn’t even contest it.

Coolest bit (Why David is king)

2 Samuel 15:32-37 – this is where he asks Hushai to spy for him and to send messages through the priest Zadok.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Know when to walk away (2 Samuel 15)