2 Samuel Chapter 15

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2 Samuel 15

1  And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.

And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

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 judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

And it came to pass after forty years, that Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the Lord, in Hebron.

For thy servant vowed a vow while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the Lord shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord.

And the king said unto him, Go in peace. So he arose, and went to Hebron.

10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.

11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.

12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.

13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.

14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

15 And the king’s servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.

16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house.

17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off.

18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.

19 Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a stranger, and also an exile.

20 Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee.

21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.

22 And David said to Ittai, Go and pass over. And Ittai the Gittite passed over, and all his men, and all the little ones that were with him.

23 And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people passed over: the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over, toward the way of the wilderness.

24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.

25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:

26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

27 The king said also unto Zadok the priest, Art not thou a seer? return into the city in peace, and your two sons with you, Ahimaaz thy son, and Jonathan the son of Abiathar.

28 See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me.

29 Zadok therefore and Abiathar carried the ark of God again to Jerusalem: and they tarried there.

30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.

31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:

33 Unto whom David said, If thou passest on with me, then thou shalt be a burden unto me:

34 But if thou return to the city, and say unto Absalom, I will be thy servant, O king; as I have been thy father’s servant hitherto, so will I now also be thy servant: then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.

35 And hast thou not there with thee Zadok and Abiathar the priests? therefore it shall be, that what thing soever thou shalt hear out of the king’s house, thou shalt tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests.

36 Behold, they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz Zadok’s son, and Jonathan Abiathar’s son; and by them ye shall send unto me every thing that ye can hear.

37 So Hushai David’s friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem.

29 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 15

  1. A Matter of the Heart

    6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

    10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.

    Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23 KJV)

    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45 KJV)

    We must guard our hearts diligently. If the enemy can get a foothold in our heart, he can begin to turn the rest of us to follow. We need fresh Fire daily so that God can renew us, create in us a clean heart, and fill us up completely, overflowing with His Spirit that the enemy might not have any place in us.

    And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:5 KJV)

  2. I thank the Lord that saints have Godly people to go to if needed and knowing they will go to God in prayer to seek answers for us along with us praying too.
    It seemed to me that this chapter had some of this going on for each other. I like knowing the WORD so I can know more about God everyday and know the underling of what God does for us and how He works. Thank you Lord for your WORD and the saints you give to each person. I ilove your WORD.

  3. Who’s on your council?

    Absalom “..provided for himself with chariots and horses, and 50 men to run before him.” He took matters into his own hands, while David waited on the Lord for most big decisions, like he wouldn’t kill Saul because he had so much respect for God’s creation and authority. Ps 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” Absalom takes no council in the Lord for his actions. By staging himself at the gate of the city to take part in his father David’s work, he was going about it with all the wrong motives. He wasn’t trying to build Israel up, he was trying to sneal in and knock David down. At this gate legal and commercial transactions where made here, and he’s chosen to intercept those who where coming to the king for justice and expressed great sympathy for whatever grievances they may have felt against David’s administration. Absalom was patient and methodical in planning his rebellion against his father, alot like the murder he premeditated against his half-brother Amnon. Jer 5:26 “For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.”

    His plan is to impress the people with pomp and ceremony, as well as feigned interest in in their problems vs 6 “So Absalom stole the hearts of Israel.” As the oldest, living prince, Absalom could have merely waited to succeed his father , or he could have feared being passed over because of their arranged reconcilliation in ch14. He was angered by the indecisive way David had dealt with him in the past and was motivated by arragance and ruthless ambition for revenge. The best thing David could have done was inquire of the Lord which he did through Zadok in vs25. David prays that the Lord ” turns the council of Ahithophel into foolishness.” vs25. Pr 24:6 “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety”. David put his trust and council in God, Absalom put his trust in the admiration of people, and chariots and horses…BUT we will remember the name of the Lord.

    Ps 141: 9Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. 10Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.

    Pr 22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

  4. Loyalty

    21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.

    Let us desire this of the one true King.

  5. David had shown mercy to Absalom , but he then turned against his father. We must be careful who we listen to and follow. The people got behind the wrong man. David still did not want harm to come to Absalom. David surely knew that God was still with him and he would prevail against Absalom, but David took the low road and ran to avoid the fight. david was going to let God handle the situation as he had done with Nabal.

  6. Take your cares ONLY to the KING!!!

    In their despair as they went to tell their cares to the King found his son Absalom and with deceit he whisper sweet nothings in their ears. He told them what they wanted to hear. He didn’t do the righteous justice they needed for he won them over, doing what please them. So again, the council of deceit, the planning of a sin, against his own father. David ran not because of fear, but most likely because it was a betrayal of his own son. He put the safety of his city over his own for he didn’t want any sword to come against Jerusalem.

    On the other hand, David has no problem going to directly to the King of Kings, Lord of Lord for the Ark of God is with him. He knows that his kingdom is in God’s hands and that there is no one more righteous to decide who gets the kingdom.

    25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:

    26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

    After they pass over they tarried. We must pass over, and tarry for this city with our whole heart, with our whole spirit, with our whole mind. Tarry from the smallest babe to the oldest elder. Only by praying will we be given back the city. This battle will ONLY be won on our knees.

  7. THE DANGERS OF SELF PROMOTION

    4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

    Absalom’s desire was driven by SELF PROMOTION – PRIDE. Pride goeth before destruction and an haughty spirit before the fall. Absalom began to believe that he was the one to be promoted to a position that he created for himself.

    Absalom possessed charisma but not character, he had influence but not integrity. SELF PROMOTION is birthed in deception.

    We are instructed to “Humble ourselves in the sight of the LORD and HE shall lift you up”.

    Be patient, wait for GOD’s timing. He will come.

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  8. In this chapter, we see how Absalom rebels against David.

    Rebellion – *open, organized, and armed resistance to one’s government or ruler. *resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition.

    Absalom had long forgotten the kiss (love) from his father, King David. Let us not forget all that our Heavenly Father has done for us. Matthew 5:5 in the CEV…..”God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them!”

  9. iLove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
    Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
    I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

  10. iLove to eat lunch with Jesus

    This rebellion from Absalom is very sad. The one thing I keep remembering is the prophecy…Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house…(2 Samuel 12:11 KJV)

    I believe David could have avoided all this heartbreak had he resisted temptation…but now we will see how he handles this situation…

  11. Then said the king to Ittai the Gittite, Wherefore goest thou also with us? return to thy place, and abide with the king: for thou art a stranger, and also an exile. Whereas thou camest but yesterday, should I this day make thee go up and down with us? seeing I go whither I may, return thou, and take back thy brethren: mercy and truth be with thee. And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.

    Ittai’s answer to david reminds me of Ruth’s answer to Naomi when she decided to return home. Oh to have the loyalty of these in the body of Christ today! Wherever you go I will follow as long as you live and the Lord liveth. I want to be this loyal to God and my pastor. We need to be behind the man God anointed not just anybody who wants to be leader

  12. Run David run

    David left the city because he feared for his life. Absalon had spoken a great number of wonderful thing in people’s ears and swayed them to be with him instead of the king. Beware of people seeking power!

  13. A Servants Heart.

    21 And Ittai answered the king, and said, As the Lord liveth, and as my lord the king liveth, surely in what place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also will thy servant be.

    Ittai was willing to die for the king, and also willing to bring his men too. How many people would say to the Pastor of a church to tell them that they would do whatever they said whenever they called them? As much teaching that I have been privilaged to be in ,for leadership classes. The one thing that all the classes had in common was that a leader is first a follower, and that it takes a servant’s heart to be an effective leader, and not one who just barks orders.

  14. IN the midst of a crisis, David merely states to take the ark back to Jerusalema nd if God is for him, He will bring him back again. He still had to leave for his own safety & for the safety fo his family, but I believe he trusted God to bring him back home again. He already had the promise from God to keep his lineage on the thone, so he only had to wait on God to see of it would be him or Absalom.

  15. IT IS AMAZING HOW ABSOLOM MISUNDER STOOD KING DAVIDS POPULARITY AND ANNOITING AS KING. WAS THERE NOT A FEAR IN ABSOLOM AS TO TOUCH GOD’S ANNOITED ? DO WE AS CHRISTIANS UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS OR DO WE JUST IGNORE IT.

  16. 32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head:

    David remember to worship the Lord in the midst of his troubles.

    Throughout the chapter you see David’s concern for others much more than for himself. Even in times of trouble leaders will look out for those in whom they lead.

  17. 6 And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

    Don’t let the world steal your heart.

  18. David put what he had in to his son and that son took that Wilson and influence and used it for the bad. I believe was crying because of the choice his son made because he was made king by God so knew his son wouldn’t last.
    What do I do when the ones close to me trun on me?

  19. Hostile Takeover

    2 And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.
    3 And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
    4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

    The world often tries to promote selfperservation, and being a independant. Absalom here premotes himsefl into a position of authority in which he believes that will allow him to move into kingship. As men and women of God we must keep a humble heart, and pure motives in all our decisions. If we stay humble, we do not seek the spotlight of being king, yet we do our part to help our God in whatever area that He asks us.

    The word simply puts it that when attending a dinner, we are to sit not at the head table, because it is better to be asaked to join the head table, rather than asked to move from it….

  20. Rebellion of the Heart

    Vs 13
    And there came a messenger unto David, saying, the hearts of the men of Isreal are after Absolom.

    The heart can deceive you. Our hearts should be after God. If our heart is after anything else we will be decieved. Our hearts can rebel without our minds knowing. Getting caught up in life’s treasures or more into the relationships with the world than with God. Trusting the council of men instead of the council of God. Let us share our Pastors vision. Let our hearts not rebell when he calls for an outreach. Our hearts should be after God. God wants this city to be saved. Let’s stick with the plan and believe together that we will capture this city for the glory of God. Let us not turn to Absolom. Absolom= rebellion of the heart. Our calling is to be the soldiers behind taking this city. Let’s dig in POFW! It’s time to hold close to the King and let no Absolom steal our hearts. This city is depending our loyalty to this vision.

  21. 31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O Lord, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

    This is an example of praying for those who despitefully use you.
    David could have prayed a curse on his former leader, but instead he just prayed that his counsel be turned into foolishness, We must not take personal when we are placed in situations where we feel used and abused. We can hate the sin, but not the sinner. It is God’s will that we as christians always exhibit good character and integrity, even when done wrong so that the attributes of God be seen in us.

  22. 4 Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

    Instead of humbling himself under the mighty hand of God until God lifts him up he decided to wanted to promote himself. There is a danger in wanting to do or be something that God did not call you to be. Ye shall know them by their fruits… and we see later that Absalom was full of rebellion this is a sign that his desires were not of God. We must watch ourselves and make sure we humble in our desires.

  23. v30″ And David went up by the ascent of the mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot :”

    Our deliverance begins with a cry.
    When we cry out in prayer. Our
    Great GOD will deliver us.
    Christ’s sorrow was and is” For the healing
    of the nations” Rev.22:2

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  24. This chapter illustrates contentment. David was ready to face whatever God had in store for him; “But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.” We must do our part through; prayer, reading/obeying the Word and fasting, and being content with what the Lord hath in store for us. For fretting and worrying about a matter doth no good anyway. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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