2 Samuel Chapter 18

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2 Samuel 18

1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds over them.

And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.

But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.

And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.

So the people went out into the field against Israel: and the battle was in the wood of Ephraim;

Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.

For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.

10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.

11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.

12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king’s son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.

13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.

14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

15 And ten young men that bare Joab’s armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.

16 And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people.

17 And they took Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.

18 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king’s dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom’s place.

19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies.

20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king’s son is dead.

21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run, my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?

23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.

24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone.

25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near.

26 And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called unto the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king said, He also bringeth tidings.

27 And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the Lord thy God, which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the king.

29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.

30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still.

31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.

32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.

33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

38 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 18

  1. Vs 3 The people loved David and were willing to fight and even die for their king. We must be willing to continue in the battle and even die for the King of Kings if need be.

  2. v8 For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

    We hear in fairy tales about “enchanted woods/forests” ..interestingly enough the Bible holds an account of woods that in deed “devour” people. The forests of Ephraim was a treacherous area, it had a large variety of trees flourished admist thick undergrowth, concealing rocks, pits and crevices. The land itself claimed many victims, but David’s experienced men also used this difficult terrain to their advantage.

  3. By scriptural account if you ride off on a donkey without humility, and good motives, your not going to get very far at least not without getting corrected.
    Consider Balam in Num 22:21. The right way for it to be done, is like Abigal, or even better *Jesus* Zec 9:9. Absalom’s hair literally gets caught in a oak tree, Joab took not one but 3 javelins and plunged them into Absalom’s heart, then as if he wasn’t already dead, ten of Joab’s armour bearers struck and killed him too. This was not the “dealing gently” David spoke of and the man who reported it to his boss Joab did the right thing by not killing Absalom then. He thought about the consequences before taking any action, although he took council with a ruthless man. As a result someone had to tell David the news, Joab witnessed the messengers death because of haughtiness and says to the Cushite to deliver the message instead of the eager Ahimaaz, and because he knew a shortcut threw the plains did he make it first. Its interesting to read that the watchman could distictfully tell the run of Ahimaaz vs27. Turns out he wasnt a great messanger even though he was the son of a priest, because he knew the truth, but couldn’t spit it out, or because he was scared out of Joabs warning.

    How sad when a father mourns the death of his son. Sadder still for that father to look back and realize that his son’s demise is due, in part, to his own lack of restraint. Despite Absalom’s rebellion, David refused to harness or discipline him. It seems David’s excessive tenderness for his children, despite their actions, is one of his greatest weaknesses (1 Ki 1:6). Although David cannot go back and change his actions, this eventin his like is a clear example to us. The corrective, disciplinary action of a parent with a wayward child is for the good of the child (Prv 13:24; Heb 12:6-11). David refuses to discipline or punish, but God’s judgment is unavoidable. Consequently Absalom dies and David mourns. A political victory David has achieved cannot compare to the personal loss he sustained. David’s cry is the heartfelt cry of a parent who has lost a child. Like a parent David loves even when his child is unlovely and unloving. His agony reaches across the centuries to another time and another passage: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (jn 3:16). What David wishes to fulfil- exchanging his life for another, God fulfils when He sends his Son, Jesus.

  4. I love to eat breakfast with Jesus

    “The Love of a Father”
    33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

    When a son becomes rebellious and judgement is unleashed, it does not make a father happy, but rather sad.

    It is true with a pastor and a rebellious son in the gospel…

    It is true with our Father in Heaven with rebellious people.

  5. Ahimaaz: Mission Complete

    19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies.

    Ahimaaz is an interesting character here. At first it seems he’s just a zealous guy who wants to do something, but let’s go back a few chapters.

    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. See, I will tarry in the plain of the wilderness, until there come word from you to certify me. (2 Samuel 15:27, 28 KJV)

    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. 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. So Hushai David’s friend came into the city, and Absalom came into Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 15:35-37 KJV)

    Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled. Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him. Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by En–rogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David. (2 Samuel 17:15-17 KJV)

    But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city. (2 Samuel 18:3 KJV)

    Ahimaaz was a man of loyalty. Joab was acting on self-will and had murdered Absalom against David’s orders. Joab chose his messenger, but David had already chosen his. Ahimaaz appears to have a deep loyalty to David and sense of duty that drives him to run and overtake the wrongly-appointed messenger of Joab and reach David first. It seems perhaps in Ahimaaz’s mind he thought concerning Joab, “you may overstep your bounds and try to usurp the authority of David just like the man you just killed, but as for me, I am loyal to the king.” Ahimaaz seemed set on completing his mission as informant to David.

    Before David’s death, he instructed Solomon concerning Joab:

    Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace. (1 Kings 2:5, 6 KJV)

    Joab’s self-will lead to his downfall. But later after Solomon takes the throne, there seems perhaps hope for Ahimaaz and his loyalty to David:

    And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision. And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim: … Ahimaaz was in Naphtali; he also took Basmath the daughter of Solomon to wife: (1 Kings 4:7, 8, 15 KJV)

    From just previously, it spoke of Ahimaaz’s father, Zadok being a priest under Solomon’s rule as well as one of Ahimaaz’s brothers, Azariah, being a prince of Solomon. From the context, it seems likely that the same Ahimaaz that ran to David in today’s chapter later had the honor of becoming Solomon’s son-in-law and an officer over Israel.

    Loyalty can be a powerful game-changer.

  6. Always my child.

    No matter what was done, no matter what infraction you have caused against your Father; you do not ceased to be His Son. Here we see David’s people having to go to battle, brother against brother, blood against blood, and father against son. Sad but true, we do that everyday. When we go against the word of God, when we do things according to our will and not His will. No matter what you are still His son. He wants no harm to come against you but there you are in the middle of a battle that should of never happened and you put yourself there because of rebellion. Absalom dies by his sin. Then it gets interesting again, 2 messengers, one with the truth and another with a lie (or at least omitting the whole truth which is a lying). Which report would you believe? Joab smites Absalom but knows that the King didn’t want any harm to come to him. You might be in battle & your Father does not want any harm to come to you but the enemy takes advantage of the situation that you are not doing God’s will & removed yourself from His covering to smite you dead. You have the choice of shaking of the dirt, repent (turn around completely) and return to a Father that still looking for His son to come home or listen to the report of the enemy that says you are dead and your Father don’t care about you? Which report would you believe?

    I see David mourning for his son Absalom, rebellious or not he was his son. He left no legacy or anyone to carry his name except for a pillar.

    8 Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king’s dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom’s place.

    What kind of legacy are you leaving, where is your fruit, where are your babes in Christ? or are you just leaving a spot, a pillar, a pile of rock that says I was here?

    Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

  7. PERSONAL AGENDA vs TOTAL OBEDIENCE

    11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle.
    12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king’s son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.
    13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me.
    14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
    15 And ten young men that bare Joab’s armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him.

    In the midst of battle it convenient for us to “take matters into our own hands”, this chapter is a prime example of that. David gave specific instructions concerning his backslidden son, in hopes and prayer that he would have opportunity to revive him or convert him back to the fear of GOD. GOD set this opportunity up just as it was to be a storybook ending, in the fact that:

    9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.

    GOD caught him by the head in a tree! The servant was obedient, however Joab, while he was given authority could not control his own spirit, some people when given authority in a situation overstep their boundaries and attempt to make a “name” for themselves. Joab’s pride and PERSONAL AGENDA defeated his humility and TOTAL OBEDIENCE.

    As Leaders we must keep our spirit, agenda and will submitted to authority or we will fall to pride and overstep our boundaries of responsibility.

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  8. This chapter brings to my mind all th teaching I have heard from Bro. Godwin and Pastor on the “Over/Under” Series. In the past few chapters we have found how Absalom has risen in pride and rebellion and stepped out against the authority of his father in his life. We find him doing his own thing, raising his own army, and plotting harm even against his own father.

    When we as children of God step out of alignment with the authority figures in our life, we begin to plot to raise ourselves up to a level of authority that God hasn’t given us. Like Lucifier when trying to rise above Jesus in Heaven, we begin the “I” syndrome. Everything is about “I”.
    That is a dangerous place to be, and here we see that just like Lucifer, it brought destruction to Absalom.

    David mourned the loss of his natural son, even though he plotted against him. Like all good shepherd, when a spiritual son rises up and steps out of the alignment that God has set in place, the spiritual father mourns.

    Lord help us to stay in our place “over authority”

    • Great point about the “I” syndrome, it seems to happened a lot when we think we can take care of things, when we should be relying on God. Thank you for being such a great example and leader Sis Watts.

  9. And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.

    Just a few chapters ago we read that david tried to send ittai away because he was a stranger amongst them. But ittais loyalty to the king convinced him to stay and now we see he is even made what looks like a general over a third of Davids army. True loyalty and submission will lead us to higher places in God. If he can trust us with the smaller things then he can trust us with bigger things.

  10. v 33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom ! my son, my son Absalom ! would GOD I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son. my son!

    As a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him”. Ps.103:13
    The greatest revelation is knowing how much GOD Loves Us!
    HIS LOVE For Us Is So Amazing !
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  11. 31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.
    32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
    33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son,…

    Very little can compare to the lose of a loved one, especially one of you own kids. Many times the church fails to take note of this though. It is unsure how many people actually come into a church service hungry, and are born again, just to fall prey to the schemes of the enemy. It is up to us as the bidy of Christ to fight to keep these young babies in church, and to lead them, by the separated lifestyles in which we keep. If there were more people who hurt for the babies born in church every day, that fell away, what a change that they could make in a short time…

  12. Do you hear what I hear?

    5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom.

    12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king’s son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom.

    Another example of what we hear affects our heart (decisions). And if the church body is listening to the same things like preachings and teachings from Pastor Watts, daily POFW blog and daily personal bible studys, Christian music and positive Christian fellowship, and what the Lord is speaking during our daily prayer time. We will definitely be in unity and with one accord.

    Phil. 4:6-7
    6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
    7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    Col. 3:15-16
    15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
    16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

  13. 33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

    This verse gives us a closer look at a real fathers love. Yes, his son had done wrong but David did all he could to try and save him.

    The first sign of love was the correction. As his father it was his responsibility to correct him.

    The second sign of love was his protection of him. David want them to deal gently with him in hopes that he would come to his senses.

    The third sign of his loves was his great hope that he was ok. From a distance they saw one man coming then another yet the whole time the father keeps his hope high that his son was ok.

    Lastly the greatest part of David’s love for his son leaps for the page in verse 33 ” O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” even though they were in war against each other He would have still given his life for his son. Now that is a fathers love.

    We always hear about a mothers love for her children which is tender, kind, and never ending but we must also recognize the importance of a fathers love. It may be hard at times but it’s vital for the future success of the child.

    I believe that if these men understood this fathers love a little more they would have never killed him but obeyed Davids words then brought him back to his father for him to deal with him.

    As a pastor when a person turns away he corrects them, protects them, and hopes that they will return but if they don’t he will mourn for them greatly. As leaders it is our job to listen to his instruction during that time and deal gently with those that are going through the process. Pray for them and more importantly pray for pastor.

    This can also be transferred into our homes. The man of the house that is walking in the spirit and following the voice of God has to correct his son. In the process of correcting him he will do all he can to protect him and his hopes will be high that he will return to his senses but if he doesn’t he will feel grieved just as David did. As a mother it is important I stay prayerful during this process and pray for both of them.

  14. I Love to eat lunch with Jesus

    “What?” Joab demanded. “You saw him there and didn’t kill him? I would have rewarded you with ten pieces of silver and a hero’s belt!”
    “I would not kill the king’s son for even a thousand pieces of silver,” the man replied to Joab. “We all heard the king say to you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘For my sake, please spare young Absalom.’ And if I had betrayed the king by killing his son—and the king would certainly find out who did it—you yourself would be the first to abandon me.” (2 Samuel 18:11-13 NLT)

    I love this mans response… I’m going to commit more on this at supper blog.

  15. A fathers love

    33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

    David wept for the son who rebelled against him. God weeps for the prodigals that have rebelled against him because he knows sin brings forth death. The Lord is not willing that any should perish. I’m glad the father loves me.

  16. Since becoming a mother I have learned a lot more about family and the love thereof. A mothers love comes naturally from carrying the baby from conception to birth, the relationship between mother and child is very intimate from the beginning. She nurtures and cares for them like no one else can or will. A father on the other hand does not have this natural love or intimacy. They may feel the baby kick in the womb but their first real experience is when the baby is born. I can see back in a time before formula and bottles that a fathers relationship is even more delayed because they are unable to feed and care for the infant. From my understanding children were not even weaned from their mothers for several years so a fathers influence was limited in the first years of life. In some teaching about a fathers love I remember hearing that a father has to choose to love a child because they do not have the intimacy like the mother. For this scenario I believe this speaks volumes about David. Even though having sons was an honor in their time a man still had to choose to love the child. David a man of war sill loved his children and taught them. His heart was broken when his son died because as a father he gave his heart to his child. He loved the sinner yet hated the sin. How much more does our heavenly father love us? And how much more does his heart break for his creation?

  17. Protecting the one you’ve sinned against from Sinning

    19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies.

    20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the king’s son is dead.

    21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.

    Joab knew how David had responded in the past to news that was unpleasing, he killed the messenger. Had Ahimaaz been truthful in his response to David, and had David pressed him about his involvment Ahimaaz would have to say he stood by while Absalom was killed and thrown into a pit. Joab evidently had no problem with David killing the Cushite, but he wanted to keep David from killing Ahimaaz, the priests son. When someone has sinned against you or hurt you, are carnal response is to get even. But there are times that a Joab will be in our lives, someone who has no probleming sinning but will try to keep you from it. Someone who has no problem drinking a beer in front of you, but will do everything to keep you from it.

    Joab, a sinner with a concious.

  18. Just as David was true to Saul He was true to his own son Absolom.We as emotional people can put our love for family in a wrong perspective.God himself has to intervene in our behalf fighting the battle for us .We must not let the flesh overcome us but walk in the Spirit no matter where it takes us.

  19. The Value Of A Great Leader
    v3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us for, will they care for us:
    but now thou art worth ten thousand of us:
    therefore now it is better that thou succout us out of the city.

    Praise GOD we have a Great GOD that cares for us and HE IS WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE!
    ” The chiefest among ten thousand…..
    HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY”
    Song Of S. 5:10,16

  20. Part 2 The Value Of A Great Leader
    v3″ But you are worth ten thousand of us”

    I thank GOD for our Great Leadership.
    We must stay together under authority sheep
    There’s wolves out there. A great leader
    Our Pastor will stay regardless of the wolves, bears ,gaints and storms in our lives.
    We must pray, love protect and support them,
    And not fry, boil, bake and roast them
    Let our children believe the best of the church
    There are some things our children should not hear. Better yet don’t say I’ll things about any- body. … What a beautiful record that would be.
    Let your speech be always with grace.Col.4:6

    Be wise and speak health Pro.12:18

    Speak increase . Pro.13:2

    Speak good things. Eph.4:29
    Bless The LORD and HIS people

    Have A Happy Blissful Tongue
    Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen,The LORD hath done great things for them
    Sooner or later the LORD will work everything out. According to HIS Plan. Ps98:1
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  21. The False Safty of a Lie!

    29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.
    30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside, and stood still.
    31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the Lord hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.
    32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.
    33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

    As we see here there was a false said of how the kings son died. Even though Ahimaaz knew what the truth was, he keep his peace knowing that the king said to stop speaking. Therefore, out of obedience he did so.

    Why do we think that we can get away with a lie? The Word says that God knows all that we do and think even before we do it. So why do we think that he can’t see it. A lie is a lie, no matter how you put it. Even if we tell the truth up to a point with just a bit of false, that makes the whole a false. I pray that God would give us a spirit of truth and not of falseness.

  22. A fathers love. Davies cried out for his son because of what happened. Thatnk God for fathers when we do wrong they will cry out for us and get back in line before we end up like Davids son dead in a hole some where.

  23. I am so thankful for a Pastor that will fight hell for our souls. A pastor that will preach the truth to us.

  24. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. This is a meaningful example of what that means.

    33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

  25. Absalom was in a tough position that causwd his death. We muat be watchful about what we do & where we go. Don’t get caught with your guard down.

  26. 3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.

    4 And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do. And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands.

    Even though he still maintained his position as King, he still was willing to listen to those that cared for him and considered their advice.

  27. It is hard to turn the rod toward your child but you know you have to. But noone would have him die in the battle of his pride. This pride consumed Absolom and brought his destruction. The King fle when he relized what Absolom had up his sleave. David knew his son would not stop until one of them were dead. David would give up his throne to see his son alive again. He would give his life for his sons as would I. I pray that none of us ever have to bury or children. Lord I pray that I am an exmple to my children that would lead them to and in righteousness.

  28. David took care to Protect his child even when Absolan wanted him dead. He told every one to keep their hands off of him. When he died David mourned for him.

    We need to be more like David who protects his “enemy.” We need to make sure that we do not cause them harm and that we mourn for them as well.

    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 KJV)

  29. David loved his son Absolan, he didn’t agree with his actions nor did he face his son.

    Lord help me to always follow your commandments and to be a good example to my children, strenghten me to correct tand teach my children of your godly ways so they can teach their children for generations to come.

  30. This chapter illustrates delivery. Although the report of Absalom had to be delivered it was not an easy report to give, and even harder to receive. Although the Word is necessary for our eternal salvation it is also not always easily delivered. Therefore we must do our part to help the man of God deliver the Word with praise and worship to God. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  31. The heart of a Father
    33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son,
    my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!
    Here we see the true heart of the father David who lost his son. Unfortunately it was simply a fulfilling of prophecy because God promised his judgement would be against his sons for Davids sins. This goes to show how important it is to be careful of our actions as adults because we never know what judgement were leaving behind for our kids.

  32. Taking matters into your own hands……Joab killed Absalom, knowing what David had said about keeping his son safe. When we try to handle things on our own or do our own thing despite knowing what God really wants us to do, is when we get into trouble. We always need to seek the Lord’s guidance in any problem or any given situation.

  33. Davis loved his son even though he knew that his son was going to try to become King-even to the taking of his father’s life. How different these 2 men are. David longs his son no matter what and still hopes in love that this act of betrayal can be overcome. Absalom on the other hand had a plan that he patiently carried out for 40 years to overthrow his dad-regardless of whether it means his dad dies in the conflict. Absalom’s greed overcomes him, whereas David’s love overcomes him. We have a heavenly Father whose love overcomes all our faults-he too uses his love to bring us to repentance so the conflict of sin in our lives can be resolved.

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