... 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! - Out of Jerusalem

David fled

13 A messenger reported to David, “The Israelites are pledging their loyalty to Absalom.”
14 So David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “We must get away at once if we want to escape from Absalom! Hurry! Or else he will soon be here and defeat us and kill everyone in the city!”
15 “Yes, Your Majesty,” they answered. “We are ready to do whatever you say.” 2 Samuel 15:13-15 (GNT)

Absalom succeeded in having King David flee the city of Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 15:13-37, 16:1-14. With his following David crossed the river Jordan after he was warned that Absalom's men were looking for him - 2 Samuel 17:15-16 - and they went to the land of Gilead where they stayed, 2 Samuel 17:15-29

David fled Jerusalem going over the mount of Olives walking barre footed, weeping and praying.
... 30 David went on up the Mount of Olives crying; he was barefoot and had his head covered as a sign of grief. All who followed him covered their heads and cried also. ... 2 Samuel 15:13-37 (GNT)

On his way out of Jerusalem, both loyal people as his enemies met with him and his officials whom went with him. Some join him, others he sent back, while one of his enemies Shimei meets him to curse him. His reaction to this man's curse?

... 9 Abishai, whose mother was Zeruiah, said to the king, “Your Majesty, why do you let this dog curse you? Let me go over there and cut off his head!”
10 “This is none of your business,” the king said to Abishai and his brother Joab. “If he curses me because the Lord told him to, who has the right to ask why he does it?” 11 And David said to Abishai and to all his officials, “My own son is trying to kill me; so why should you be surprised at this Benjaminite? The Lord told him to curse; so leave him alone and let him do it. 12 P e r h a p s  the Lord will notice my misery and give me some blessings to take the place of his curse.” ... 2 Samuel 16:5-14 (GNT)

Why did David say "... perhaps ..." in his prayer? Couldn't he always count on God's forgiveness and blessings? Maybe because he was aware of Nathan's prophecy to him at the time of the case Uriah, while he hoped for God's mercy. For he does know the Law of Moses and subsequently about the words God spoke to him as in Exodus 33:19 (NIV),  ... I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Compare with Romans 9:15-18.

And he knew God's deeds for his people, Deuteronomy 23:4-5 (NIV),
4 For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to pronounce a curse on you. 5 However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.

Did God notice David? Was he merciful to him? After all, Absalom's action towards David was prophesied to him years earlier and he himself paid a part in causing it. God did, for he loved David.

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