... 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! - Victory

David's return to Jerusalem

King David cried and prayed as he was leaving Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 15:31, 16:12 (NIV). But, did God answer his prayer? Yes, he did. So David and his allies did have a victory over both Absalom and Ahithophel.

Ahithophel, whom was King David's most trusted adviser - 2 Samuel 16:23 - chose contrary to Joab - 1 Kings 2:28 - the side of Absalom. He is the one who advised Absalom when they arrived in Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 16:20-21 (GNT)
20 Then Absalom turned to Ahithophel and said, “Now that we are here, what do you advise us to do?”
21 Ahithophel answered, “Go and have intercourse with your father's concubines whom he left behind to take care of the palace. Then everyone in Israel will know that your father regards you as his enemy, and your followers will be greatly encouraged.”


David's prayer concerning Ahithophel while he went up the Mount of Olives, 2 Samuel 15:31 (GNT),
31 When David was told[a] that Ahithophel had joined Absalom's rebellion, he prayed, “Please, Lord, turn Ahithophel's advice into nonsense!

God did answer this prayer which led to Ahithophel's downfall, 2 Samuel 17:1-17 (GNT),
14 Absalom and all the Israelites said, “Hushai's advice is better than Ahithophel's.” The Lord had decided that Ahithophel's good advice would not be followed, so that disaster would come on Absalom.

What happened to him?
23 When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and went back to his hometown. After putting his affairs in order, he hanged himself. He was buried in the family grave. 2 Samuel 17:23 (GNT) 

And, Absalom?
His men were defeated with twenty thousand killed – 2 Samuel 6-8 – in a war David's men didn't want David himself to fight, although he wished to join the fight and made preparations for it, 2 Samuel 18:1-4. Absalom died at the hands of Joab and afterwards his men buried him in a deep pit in the forest and covered him with stones, 2 Samuel 18:9-17 (GNT),
... 14 “I'm not going to waste any more time with you,” Joab said. He took three spears and plunged them into Absalom's chest while he was still alive, hanging in the oak tree. 15 Then ten of Joab's soldiers closed in on Absalom and finished killing him.16 Joab had the trumpet blown to stop the fighting, and his troops came back from pursuing the Israelites. 17 They took Absalom's body, threw it into a deep pit in the forest, and covered it with a huge pile of stones. All the Israelites fled to their own hometowns. ...

But, they didn't act according to David's explicit orders,
5 He gave orders to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai: “For my sake don't harm the young man Absalom.” And all the troops heard David give this command to his officers. 2 Samuel 18:5 (GNT)

David was overcome with grief when he heard about the death of his son Absalom, 2 Samuel 18:19-33. Later, much later Joab would be killed by the orders of David's son Salomon, then king of Israel, who was informed by David about Joab's actions in the past - not including him killing Absalom in battle as a reason to punish him - 1 Kings 2:6-7 - and at the hands of Benaiah after which Benaiah took his place as commander of Salomon's army, 1 Kings 2:28-35.

It took Absalon about nine years, since what happened to his sister Tamar, to plot first against Amnon and then against his father David to overthrow him and take his place as king of the Kingdom of Israel. Ultimately to end up death, deprived of everything.

King David returned to Jerusalem where he continued his reign ultimately up to a total of 40 years over the whole Kingdom of Israel.

... 4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he ruled for forty years. 5 He ruled in Hebron over Judah for seven and a half years, and in Jerusalem over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years. ... 2 Samuel 5:1-15 (GNT)

God bless you,

 

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