2 Samuel Chapter 15 – Chronological

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.

47 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 15 – Chronological

  1. In this chapter was an abundance of conflict and movement in power or even transporting the ark.

    “Be careful who influences you”……

    Let no one capture your heart except Jesus!

  2. 1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    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!

    5 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.

    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.

    Up to this point Absalom had concealed his desire to be King. But now he traveled about with an impressive entourage. Also he went boldly up to the city gate ( where legal matters were settled ) and acted as if he were the only one in Israel who was genuinely interested in the welfare of the people. He practically accused his father of failure to provide adequate legal aid and said that if he were king , the people would receive the justice they deserved. He courted the favor of people from the various cities of Israel.

    AaA.L.M.A.S.

  3. 1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    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!

    To be a person that will cause division because you are power hungry, is one that will eventually tear down the walls of justice. Absalom had one purpose in what he was trying to do and that was to conspire against his own father. And when you conspire against the kingdom of God you will do everything to make people think you are doing right by God but you have hidden agendas. It amazes me that the people went along with Absalom. But here was David a man after God’s own heart, a great warrior that had slew many men in battle, and now afraid of his own son which caused him to flee the city.

    I have come to realize the one thing that this world will never be able to do and that’s take the place of my God. There will never be an enemy stronger and mightier than God. We will have comfort in knowing that God is a strong tower that the righteous can run into and be safe. He will be a shelter for us. We can not let doubt and fear run a muck in our lives. We have to remain strong in all that we do.

  4. Verses 10-12 MSG “Then Absalom sent undercover agents to all the tribes of Israel with the message, “When you hear the blast of the ram’s horn trumpet, that’s your signal: Shout, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron!’” Two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem. But they had been called together knowing nothing of the plot and made the trip innocently. While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he managed also to involve Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s advisor, calling him away from his hometown of Giloh. The conspiracy grew powerful and Absalom’s supporters multiplied.” This could so describe our world today. So many are caught up innocently in situations or arguments that they don’t even know why they are there or what the disagreement is about. We must be careful who we listen to and follow, for not everyone has your best interest at heart. You may find yourself caught up in something you didn’t want any part of. Romans 12:2 NIV says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

  5. 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.

    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!

  6. 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.

    Ruth 1:
    16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

    17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

    Loyalty and Integrity – there are no substitutes!

    Proverbs 20:
    6 Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?

    7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them. NLT

  7. I had a few questions for all of this
    1st why did Absalom turn on David after they had already made peace with one another. The only thing that came to mind was pride, there were key things that stuck to me. His hair for instance it was very descriptive on the hair from the previous chapters after he returned from Geshur. I thought to myself maybe he was upset because David had him to stay in Jerusalem. I say pride because of the act of wanting to overthrow the authority like Satan did with God.
    2nd i couldn’t understand why David would flee from the Kingdom unless he was scared? Then i thought no he couldn’t have been, David was a man after Gods own heart so after continually reading i see as they went on top of mount Olivet they were covering their heads my first thought was hmm…are they ashamed and is this place holy to them? When someone is ashamed or embarrassed they hide their face or “cover” themselves so i find this “with a mourning wrapper. The humility and resignation of David marked strongly his sanctified spirit, induced by contrition for his transgressions. He had fallen, but it was the fall of the upright; and he rose again, submitting himself meekly in the meantime to the will of God”
    David was going for answers from God.
    We see that whatever happened to David no matter how far he would go astray he always returned to God for the answers and sought after him.
    David said I’m not giving in I may fall but i will arise.
    “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill.
    What a true statement that is my prayer today is no matter the circumstances we will arise and return to Jesus

  8. 2 Samuel 15: 6 [ amp] Thus Absalom did to all Israel who came to the king for judgement, So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Istael.
    [7] And after [ four] years, Absalom said to the king
    I pray you, let me go to Hebron ( his birth- place] and pay my vow to the Lord.
    Rom. 16 :18 [ amp] For such persons do not serve the Lord Christ but their own appetites and base desires, and by ingratiating and flattering speech, they beguile the hearts of the unsuspecting and simpleminded [ people].
    Not own desires, But I will choose the Lord’s desires. And his will.

  9. But Ittai said to the king, “I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my Lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.”
    2 Samuel 15:21 NLT

    Where does your commitment lie? Though we choose now, one day, we may have to choose considering more serious circumstances or as the verse says “whether it means life or death.” The EndTimes are here and its time we wholeheartedly commit ourselves to the Lord!

  10. “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.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭15:30‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    The schemes of the enemy will never prevail I’ve the children of GOD!
    Fear has a way of paralyzing anyone, even if you’re the king! But David didn’t allow it to. He took that step of faith to move and fight against the enemy. During your times of uncertainty you will find out who is for you and who is not. Those that are for you will go and fight for you in the frontline of battle.
    The LORD JESUS tells us to put on the whole armor of GOD that we may stand against the wiles of the enemy. Without the armor, we are a defeated soldier.
    The LORD JESUS has given us the tools to fight against the enemy. Are you ready for the battle? Will you get caught off guard? Will you pursue?
    Be encouraged.
    No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper.
    …if GOD be for us, WHO can be against us?

    The victory is already ours!!!
    Hallelujah Jesus!!
    Our GOD reigns ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Rebellion and Deception
    Absalom had put a scheme together . Some nT day he was doing something to help David and the Kingdom yet he was bringing division.
    We must be reminded that what ever God has called us to do should bring glory to God . Not to self.
    When someone begins to talk and woo you to their self be cautious. Consider their loyalty to God. Their loyalty to the man of God ( the pastor), and who are they promoting . True motives will be revealed. Absalom had one thing in mind it seems here and it was getting the favor of the people . He could have been beneficial to his father and the Kingdom but he had self in mind and not truly assisting his father but overtaking him.
    God’s Kingdom is not about self promotion but God promotion. The is strength in unity and team work in the Kingdom. Jesus Himself gave us an example as He walked through this this world. 12 men disciples .
    What image are we giving to those around us ? Is it truly working for the Kingdom or self promotion. I know the end of Absalom and his ways . Deception and rebellion , schemes will not bring kingdom minded victory but will soon destroy the life of the individual bringing division.
    God help us to stay connected to You and in submission to those in authority.
    Will we serve God or self ?

  12. Once sin started in his life it took over. Sin after sin. Sly and cunning until it was infiltrating everything he did. All of his decisions. All of his thoughts and actions. Overrun by sin the eyes of men grow evil and seek power. Absalom had given himself over to sin and was now being controlled by it.

  13. 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.

    If I remember correctly God had set up a Priest to guide the people but they wanted a King to rule over them, which is how David began his reign. Apparently any deviation for God’s plan will produce a laundry list of continued strife and problems, which see unfolding here.

  14. 1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

    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!

    We must make sure our wanting to be in authority or the boss is for the right reasons and not the wrong ones.

  15. Absalom is going against God by not respecting his father. It is clear in Gods word to respect and honor your parents. And this practice must have been going on for a while because David did not trust his own son. This is not good.

  16. 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!

    For some reason this reminds me of the many times I’m coming across people that were flaunting this type of deception. It reminds me of people who speak against the pastor and try to sow discord tell others that they would do a better job. This is an example of a Wolf among sheep dressed as one of them. Usually look at that analogy with the perspective that it’s someone from the outside causing the discord but there are so many instances where it was someone from the inside that everyone already knew. Judas wasn’t an outsider, he wasn’t someone who came in that no one knew, he was an individual who walked among them for years before he betrayed Jesus. It must be watchful and mindful of the influences around us, and who we are even influencing without realizing it

  17. 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.

    With no punishment for his sin of murder and acceptance again with the king, Absalom continues to lift himself up in his own eyes and the eyes of the people. He is blinded to the fact that God rules and reigns in his Father’s life and will continue to do so. He can’t see that judgement does come sooner or later. He is absorbed with the pride of life.

  18. “He took 200 men from Jerusalem with him as guests, but they knew nothing of his intentions. While Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel, one of David’s counselors who lived in Giloh. Soon many others also joined Absalom, and the conspiracy gained momentum.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭15:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬
    Once some started coming to Absalom’s side, it encouraged more and more to come. Momentum for division builds because others are doing it. I have heard people say all my life, well so and so was doing it, so I thought it was ok. Just because you see others doing things that aren’t pleasing to God, doesn’t mean it’s ok for you to join them.

  19. Absalom deceived many people. Be careful who you let influence you.

    21“But Ittai answered the king and said, “ As the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be.””

    Making the right choice can be more difficult than taking the easy choice. When you make the right choice God will be with you.
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  20. 7 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.

    8 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.

    9 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.

    Absalom plans a military coup against his father King David and has the audacity to use God as an excuse. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. I don’t know how people could use God as an excuse to hurt, offend, and overpower those that need God the most. Absalom begins by winning the people over by judging on their behave, in little words he said words that were pleasing to their ears and tickle their ears but it was not necessarily the truth. Give me a Pastor that tells it like it is, a Pastor that will say the truth and prick your heart over a tickling one any day!!!! For God will come to judge with the truth!!! Then with a lying mouth he stabs his father in the back. David’s position is that of whom knows that God is in control. He leaves without a care in the word. As to say, he wants the throne let him sit on it for a bit and watch him squirm when he don’t know what to do. He tells his loyal servants to go back and be by Absalom’s side and just report what is happening. Instead David then goes to do what Absalom said he wanted to do; David climbs the mountain and falls on his face before God. David cover his head for he knows he will be in God’s presence soon, David prepare himself, comes with a humble spirit, and bows to God in reverence of who God is!!! David shows here his faith. He knows God anointed him king and if God were to take him down from power then is God’s doing. DAVID TRUSTED GOD. That’s one thing we need to learn from David.. TRUST GOD NO MATTER WHAT!!!

  21. 2 Samuel 15:1,2 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 servants is of one of the tribes of Israel.

    Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

    Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

  22. iLove the Kingdom of Jesus

    15:18  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

    There is so much to comment on in this chapter. A minister could read this chapter and preach a hundred sermons from it and not even have to resort to sermons.com. The greatest compliment to David’s leadership is the fact that he lost no sheep. Think about it, he had 600 men he started off with and now these same 600 men follow him back out into the wilderness again. They followed David even though it was David’s sin with Bathsheba that caused this. Sure was, remember the prophecy when Nathan came. God told he someone was gonna sleep with his wives out in the open under the sun and this is exactly what happens.

    The point here is the faithful sheep will follow their pastor regardless if he’s perfect or not. If a person no longer comes to church because they disagree with how covid was handled, guess what… they were never a true sheep. The devil is a lie, the Word is true. David followed and respected Saul even though he wasn’t perfect and now the 600 men follow David even though God has allowed the overthrow of the kingdom temporarily.

  23. LIVE – GIVE JESUS
    THE POWER OF PRAYER

    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.

    There are many topics in this chapter. Such as:

    FOOLS FOLLOW FOOLS
    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.

    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.

    The people that followed Absaloms deceptive words were fools for not consulting the King.

    CONQUERING GIANTS
    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.

    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 from Gath, the place of Goliath. I have not found evidence that Ittai was a giant also, but he was from the same place and chose to follow King David and GOD rather than his carnal ancestors.

    THE POWER OF PRAYER
    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.

    David prayed against his adversary, David spoke confusion and foolishness to the plans of his adversary. This strategy presents a whole new avenue to THE POWER OF PRAYER. I do not advise making this method your primary focus to prayer, but in tough and challenging conditions, speak confusion over your enemies by the hand of the LORD.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iLive
    iGo
    iReap
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  24. 4I wish I were the judge. Then everyone could bring their cases to me for judgment, and I would give them justice!”

    May would like to be the judge. But we can only judge our home, our relationships, our finances, our children, etc. But salvation, only God can make that judgement. Live a good and righteous life, and give thanks to God for what you have.

  25. “The king’s officials answered him, “You are our king and master. We’re ready to do anything you want.”

    But Ittai replied to the king, “You are my king and master. I want to be where you are. It doesn’t matter whether I live or die. And that’s just as sure as the Lord and you are alive.””
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭15:15, 21‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    So much more was accomplished with the peoples support and willingness to follow David’s lead. And the same can be accomplished today! Jesus is the King of kings and He has Left his commission for us. We are to go and teach and baptized in Jesus name. Put Jesus first and increase his kingdom.

  26. 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.

    This wasn’t the will of God, the Lord expects us to live a righteous life. David is fighting for his life, we all fight for our lives in many different ways, there is only one King and that is Jesus Christ. Seek him always.

  27. 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.

    True loyalty is proved when it cost us something. Will you remain faithful even if it cost you your life?

    Wherever the Lord is, there will I also be.

    He is with His church, there will I also be. He is doing the work of the Kingdom, there will I also be. He is with His people, there will I also be. He’s ministering to the hurting, there will I also be.

    “Where You go, I’ll go
    Where You stay, I’ll stay
    When You move, I’ll move
    I will follow You
    Who You love, I’ll love
    How You serve I’ll serve
    If this life I lose, I will follow You
    I will follow You” // I will Follow // Chris Tomlin

  28. Are you true follower or a foe?

    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.

    Absalom, the son who had recently been restore to relationship with his father David after being exiled because he killed his brother, now is going behind the kings back and doing things to turn the loyalty from king David to himself.

    The enemy of our soul is so deceptive! We must be careful and try the spirits of anything that seems wrong, feels wrong, sounds wrong. We could easily be swept away with the same attitude and actions of Absalom, doing our own thing, taking matters into our own hand, and in the end all we are doing is sealing our own death because God is a God of order. Regardless of what king David did, the anointing of the kingship rested on him and those that opposed him, were in the wrong.

    Our heart must be fixed to follow God regardless of those around us, whether we agree or disagree. God is in control and will take charge! Leave the judging to Him and just be obedient to what we know to do.

  29. “David said to him, “If you go on with me, you will be a burden to me.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭15:33‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    Out of context , this statement would seem harsh to some but it is crucial we recognize where we are needed. God has given us all unique gifts and talents, and through His Word He continues to equip us with the wisdom, knowledge and understanding needed to do His will. There will be times we have to leave our comfort to go and work for the Kingdom. There will be times God calls us or our loved ones to move in order to serve a need elsewhere and we have to be willing to go.

    I thank God He orders our steps and make provisions every step of the way. I pray we stay tuned in to His voice so we can follow His instructions.

  30. Dont give up
    27-37
    Davids action reminds us not to give up when we have doubts He creates a spy networks arranges for couriers to brinh him news and infiltrates his adviser Hushai to sabotage Absaloms plans. Being uncertain about Gods will for the future does not mean we should hesitate to prepare for it.

  31. People have motives but God has a plan.

    15: Absalom would also say:
    Oh I wish someone would make me a judge
    In this country,!!! Then I could help everyone
    That comes to me with a problem
    I would help them to get a fair solution to their problem.
    ——-
    See? This is chosen people, people of God….
    A person is capable to think in such a wicked way,
    And take it even farther …
    First is the thought, the idea, then it becomes a motive, then it’s put into action and final the result.
    —-
    My 🙏.
    May the Lord spare us from falling into the traps ,the schemes from the wicked. Yes, even from those in whom we are supposed to trust and rely on…
    Sad but true. His own son waring against him.
    —-

  32. 2 Samuel 15:14, 30, & 32
    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.
    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.
    32) And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God,…

    When David and his people fled from Absalom, David went to the top of mount Olivet to worship God.
    This must be where David penned Psalms 3.
    “A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.”
    1) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
    2) Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
    3) But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
    4) I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
    5) I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
    6) I will not be afraid of then thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
    7) 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.
    8) Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon they people. Selah.

    So thankful that in my time of trouble, I have that Place I can go to and Pray and Worship the LORD and find the Help that I need.

  33. 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.

    As believer we should take the same attitude as Ittai to serve the King, wich the king represents our Pastor. Don’t wait for an opportunity to come to you, always create an opportunity to serve your Pastor. As we serve him we are serving our Lord Jesus Christ.

  34. 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.

    Where was the mighty David? Where did the giant slayer go? Where was the man after Gods own heart that encouraged himself in the Lord, and enquired before he made a move? Fear crept in. And the fight or flee instinct kicked in. This time he choose to flee. I stand amazed, all he needed what right there with him. They were carrying the ark of the Lord with them. They had the “presence” of the Lord with them. David, where has your heart gone to tremble against your own son. David the mighty, the fearless in battle. We must be careful when we arrive at the promise/word, and as time goes by not to relax in convictions, word reading, worship and meditation in the Lord. These are the key things that maintain us strong in battle. That keeps our faith exercised. There should be nothing that should move you from what God had give you unless it is God himself.

  35. Absalom just reconciled with his dad but makes moves out of bounds. This is all foul play. First he acts on his own by gathering a force of chariots and men. He did this without approval from authority. Then he goes before the gate to handle disputes of the people egging them by saying if only I were a judge. See the they were supposed to go before the king for judgement. Absalom is the son of a king and trying to behave as though he is king. This is the prideful and deceitful trait that leads to a fall.

    Stepping out of line is a dangerous ground. Thinking too highly of ourselves and acting out without authority to do so is fatal. He is driving a wedge between the king and his people. The enemy does the same by trying to drive sin between us and God. We have to be careful to stay in line with the Word of God and the man of God. Anything less makes us enemies of God.

  36. 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.

    You cannot use someone else’s anointing, you cannot borrow someone else’s servant. Real leaders will carve their own path. You can learn from other leaders but if you steal their servants it cannot end well. To be a leader you have to learn how to “do you” the best you can. You will never find good servants following a fake leader.

  37. “But Ittai said to the king, “I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.” David replied, “All right, come with us.” So Ittai and all his men and their families went along.”
    2 Samuel 15:21-22 NLT

    The loyalty lttai showed to the king. That where ever the king went she went and obeyed and was obedient. We ought to do the same thing for the man of God in our life. The man God has chosen to instruct us. We ought to show love, loyalty, friendship, and obedience to God’s teachings. Let us be faithful to our pastor and to his wife. Let us be willing to serve pastor and the kingdom in anyway we can. Let us always pray over our pastor and his wife.

  38. 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.

    Good will be God with or without our praises, he doesn’t need us to be Lord, he gave us free will to do as we please. There he shows us that we need him more than what he will need us.

  39. “But Ittai said to the king, “I vow by the Lord and by your own life that I will go wherever my lord the king goes, no matter what happens—whether it means life or death.””
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭15:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    It doesn’t matter what is happening around you stick with the one and only true and living god. As Christians we should always follow Christ and live through him. Even though our flesh may get in the way we still need to stay on this path and not gate away. Don’t flip flop because the grass is not always greener on the other side.

  40. 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 showed a lot of loyalty to the Lord even if it was a life or death situation. Ittais spirit was following the Lord no matter what. Let us be faithful to our true God to the God who gave us life for he died for each of our sins. Let us be loyal kind and spread peace for we are the children of the Lord we should all spread positivity.

  41. 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 was having a earth shattering moment yet he praised God. David has always understood the power of worship and praise. We can learn from him that even in hard times it’s always a good tome yo oraise

  42. 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.

    Some people can see a goal and talk their way in that and any other situation.

    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.

    Yet again, just because everyone you know has their heart set on one person does not mean they are just or right. Don’t follow the influence or opinion of the crowd. Don’t buy the opinions of others

  43. 2 Samuel 15
    Love and fear drove King David out of the city. He did not want to kill his son who deceived him. Yet God persevered the king and nation and had Solomon as the next King of Israel. God will not be mocked by a usurper. Praise God.

  44. David walked up the road to the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went. His head was covered and his feet were bare as a sign of mourning. And the people who were with him covered their heads and wept as they climbed the hill.
    2 Samuel 15:30 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/2sa.15.30.NLT

    Such sorrow. Even in deep despair the Lord is full of loving kindness.

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