... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

03
February
2013

David and Absalom: from betrayal to victory by grace! - Coup d'etat


Absalom's betrayal

After this Absalom got busy socializing to build up his network, to establish his name in order to become more popular. He even built a monument in his own name, 2 Samuel 18:18. His plotting was based on greed. Just as his brother Adonijah, David's forth son, would do later on to snatch the throne from king David and his son Salomon whom God destined to become the third king of Israel, 1 Kings 1 and 2. How many people do these nowadays in order to have positions and possessions that are not meant for them? 

Abasalom did all necessary to have the image of being fit to be a king and to keep up appearances - 2 Samuel 15:1-6 – in order to win people's loyalty.
5 When the man would approach Absalom to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out, take hold of him, and kiss him. 6 Absalom did this with every Israelite who came to the king for judgment, and so he won their loyalty. 2 Samuel 15:1-6 (GNT)

His intentions? To become king of Israel by seizing power through a coup d'etat. After four years of planning and having the loyalty of a key members in King David's court – Ahithophel, 2 Samuel 15:12 – whom he sent for, he executed his plan - 2 Samuel 15:7-12 - while a group of men that went with him from Jerusalem to Hebron on his invitation were not aware of Absalom's plans, 2 Samuel 15:1-12 (GNT),
... 12 And while he was offering sacrifices, Absalom also sent to the town of Gilo for Ahithophel, who was one of King David's advisers. The plot against the king gained strength, and Absalom's followers grew in number.

But, who gave him permission to go to Hebron in the first place? King David. Why? On Absalom's request, 
7 After four[a] years Absalom said to King David, “Sir, let me go to Hebron and keep a promise I made to the Lord. 8 While I was living in Geshur in Syria, I promised the Lord that if he would take me back to Jerusalem, I would worship him in Hebron.” 2 Samuel 15:7-8 (GNT)

The betrayal came not only through Absalom, but also by Ahithophel. But, later King David would triumph over both.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David