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Amnon is the firstborn son, (important to note) fell in
love lust with his sister (from another mother). (God told them not to take more than 1 wife for a reason). Amnon’s cousin (David’s nephew) advises him to concoct this horrible plan to sleep with her and it ends in rape. Unlike the rape of Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, Amnon hated her after rather than loving her more.
Verse 21: don’t miss it: “When King David heard all this, he was furious.” And??? Where is the David that followed the Law of Moses? Where is the David that inquired of the Lord? He did nothing! Oh, David!!
Absolom avenged the death of his sister (just like Simon and Levi did for Dinah). Obviously, they have been circumcised already, so Absolom used drunkenness to plan his attack and killed Amnon. Absolom knew that he would be brought to trial at a city of refuge and found guilty so he fled.
David’s reluctance to disciple is a major character flaw in David which has set in motion the “calamity” that was prophesied after his own adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband Uriah. I can only assume, his own past is what is keeping him from dealing with these situations. How can he find others guilty for the same sins he himself committed.
Well, he is the appointed King…that is his job!
So what is the undercurrent in all this? THE THRONE! The heir has been killed and next in line will be Absolom. In this court case, we just established a motive (I feel like Perry Mason). If Absolom becomes king, his right-hand man will be his advisor: Jonadeb!
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Before we go any further can we recall that we are not supposed to have an earthly king?
Back in Deuteronomy 17 God gave instructions for a King. Click here if you want to read it.
Summary: A king…
- He must be the one the Lord chooses
- He must not multiply his horses for military purposes
- He must not acquire many wives
- He must make a copy of the Law and have it with him at all times. He will read it every day.
Chapter 14- Since David responded so well when Nathan told the parable of the rich man/poor man/ewe (a few days ago in our read), Joab uses the same tactic to shed light on the situation to David. David rules “not one hair will fall to the ground” What??? The parable allows David to make a judgment on the consequence RATHER THAN following the Law of Moses (wasn’t that #4 in the list from above). Absolom is spared any discipline and he and his gorgeous thick hair that weighed 5 pounds when cut “that not one will fall to the ground” return to Jerusalem but are not permitted to see David.
Absolom is turning into a real “donkey”! He is like a child and wants his own way, and burns Joab’s field to make it happen. Chapter 14 ends with:
33 So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.
The kiss represents a sign that he has been forgiven.
Chapter 15- Finally, Absolom gets the ball rolling to make himself the king! For 4 years he and his lush hair become very popular and wins the hearts of the people (betraying David).
4 And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.”
5 Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. 6 Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.
Up to this point, David has never been defeated in a battle against his enemies, yet he flees Jerusalem because of his beloved son, Absolom!
10 Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’” (keep looking at the list above)
He has more support from a foreigner named Ittai, who he just met, than his own family.21 But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”
When David flees he takes the ark with him (and the Priest: Zadok)
Lots of names today:
“Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”
Ahithophel WAS originally David’s counselor. Benedict Arnold!!
So David put spies in place as he hides. 😢3 7 So Hushai, David’s confidant, arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.
Calamity with a capital C.
Comment question: Why is this a 2 Samuel read-only and omitted from Chronicles? Answer in comments.