Today’s reading is: 2 Sam. 15:1-17:14
2nd Samuel Chapter Fifteen
- Absalom undertook a four year program to usurp King David’s authority, and esteem in the eyes of Israel (2nd Sam. 15:1-6).
- When the time was ripe, Absalom unveiled himself in Hebron, and proclaimed himself King (2nd Sam. 15:7-12).
- Hebron gives him the legitimacy of the elders of Judah (2nd Sam. 15:10).
- The men of Jerusalem went innocently to Hebron, and are either won over to Absalom’s cause, or held as hostages in Absalom’s upcoming march to the capital (2nd Sam. 15:11).
- Ahithophel’s alliance in the conspiracy enables the matter to succeed (2nd Sam. 15:12,30,31; 16:23).
- When David hears of the coup d’état, he orders an immediate evacuation (2nd Sam. 15:13-37).
- David evacuates with his household, but leaves ten concubines to manage the estate (2nd Sam. 15:16).
- David tries to dismiss his bodyguard and bequeath them to Absalom (2nd Sam. 15:19-22).
- David does dismiss Zadok, Abiathar, and the priesthood to return with the ark of the covenant (2nd Sam. 15:24-29).
- David also dismisses Hushai the Archite to counteract Ahithophel’s counsel, and form a counter-conspiracy with Zadok & Abiathar (2nd Sam. 15:30-37).
2nd Samuel Chapter Sixteen
- Ziba, the appointed steward for Mephibosheth, greets David with help and a bad report concerning his master (2nd Sam. 16:1-4). This report will later be called into question (2nd Sam. 19:24-30). See Prov. 18:17.
- Shimei, a Benjamite clansman of Saul’s, curses David on his way out of town (2nd Sam. 16:5-14).
- Shimei’s methods are slanderous (2nd Sam. 16:5-7).
- Shimei’s message is a lie (2nd Sam. 16:8).
- David accepts his Divine discipline, and considers that Shimei’s cursing may well be from the Lord (2nd Sam. 16:10-12).
- Without a fight, Absalom the Usurper arrives in the capital city his father conquered (2nd Sam. 16:15; cf. 5:6-10).
- He arrives in the company of Ahithophel (2nd Sam. 16:15).
- He encounters Hushai, and accepts Hushai’s allegiance (2nd Sam. 16:16-19).
- He follows Ahithophel’s advice, and publicly shames David (2nd Sam. 16:20-23).
2nd Samuel Chapter Seventeen
- Ahithophel continues to advise Absalom, and counsels him in a plan for the destruction of David (2nd Sam. 17:1-4).
- The Lord utilized the contradictory advice from Hushai to deliver David from Absalom’s evil (2nd Sam. 17:5-14).
- Ahithophel’s advice is an effective method to get the job done.
- Hushai’s advice appeals to Absalom’s pride—why should Ahithophel get the glory? Absalom should have the victory.
(Chapter Seventeen continues tomorrow)