“Fear and Flee…”
Absalom was executing his plan.
The word came to David…
2 Sa 15:13-18
Then a messenger came to David, saying,
“The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”
David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem,
“Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom.
Go in haste, or he will overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”
Then the king’s servants said to the king,
“Behold, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses.”
So the king went out and all his household with him.
But the king left ten concubines to keep the house.
The king went out and all the people with him, and they stopped at the last house.
Now all his servants passed on beside him, all the Cherethites, all the Pelethites and all the Gittites, six hundred men who had come with him from Gath, passed on before the king.
What was David’s response?
He prepared and fled.
The great David.
The great Warrior.
The Victor over Goliath.
The Victor over the enemies of Israel.
This David, now ran in advance of his own son.
He feared that Absalom would not allow any of them to escape.
They would die.
David feared that Absalom would quickly over take them and bring calamity upon the city.
He would strike the city with the edge of the sword.
Where are David’s mighty men?
Where is the army?
Where is David’s trust in the Lord?
Where is David’s seeking of the Lord?
David packed up all his household, even the 600 men that had done great things with him, and they left.
David only left ten concubines behind.
This would be an interesting thing soon…
David was scared.
Absalom had stolen the people’s heart…
- By listening to them…ok.
- By apparently always agreeing with them…humm…
- By undermining his father, the King…uh oh
Absalom now initiated the plan…
2 Sa 15:7-12
Now it came about at the end of forty years that Absalom said to the king,
“Please let me go and pay my vow which I have vowed to the LORD, in Hebron.
“For your servant vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying,
‘If the LORD shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the LORD.’”
The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron.
But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying,
“As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say,
‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’”
Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything.
And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh,
while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong,
for the people increased continually with Absalom.
After a period of time…some translations say “forty years”, some say “four”, likely “four”… Absalom made his move.
He went before Daddy the king and feigned the need to go pay a vow before God.
A lie to father.
A before Father.
The king agreed and sent him in peace.
Abasalom then sent his spies throughout the tribes of Israel.
When they heard the sound of the trumpet they were to shout “Absalom is king in Hebron”.
Two hundred men, innocent of knowledge of Absalom’s plan, went with him.
Absalom then sent for one of David’s counselors.
The conspiracy was unfolding.
It was growing in strength.
More and more people sided with Absalom.
King David was in trouble…
Absalom was somewhat restored before the king/throne.
Watch what he does now…
2 Sa 15:1-6
Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him.
Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate;
and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment,
Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?”
And he would say, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”
Then Absalom would say to him,
“See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.”
Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.”
And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him,
he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him.
In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment;
so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
Remember, Absalom was extremely handsome.
He was winsome.
He was also very shrewd.
You saw what he did.
He stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
Stolen from who?
How did he do this?
He provided for himself an entourage of chariot, horses and men runners.
Quite the spectacle and display.
He worked hard at his subterfuge.
He arose early.
He stood by the city gate…meeting place.
When someone had a problem that they wanted to present to the king, then Absalom would jump in and offer to help.
He would agree with the complainants claim.
He would offer to mediate with the king.
Absalom would eagerly receive the adoration and thanks of the people.
He did this with all who came to the king for judgment.
He stole the peoples hearts.
To what purpose?
The kingdom of course.
He desired to be king.
He did not want to wait and see.
He wanted the throne now.
This will get ugly.
It always does when we seek to do things in our own flesh and volition.
We continue with the Absalom account…
2 Sa 14:28-33
Now Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king’s face.
Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him.
So he sent again a second time, but he would not come.
Therefore he said to his servants,
“See, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there;
go and set it on fire.”
So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.
Then Joab arose, came to Absalom at his house and said to him,
“Why have your servants set my field on fire?”
Absalom answered Joab,
“Behold, I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say,
“Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me still to be there.”’
Now therefore, let me see the king’s face, and if there is iniquity in me, let him put me to death.”
So when Joab came to the king and told him, he called for Absalom. Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.
Absalom was home in Jerusalem, yet the king refused to see him.
The king, David, refused to see his own son…for two years.
Absalom sent for Joab.
He desired to send Joab before the king to inquire as to the situation.
Joab refused to come to Absalom.
Absalom decided to force Joab’s hand.
Absalom set fire to Joab’s barley field!
That did it.
Joab came to ask why he had done so.
Absalom told him.
So Joab told the king.
The king called for Absalom.
Absalom approached the king…prostrating himself on his face.
The king kissed Absalom.
Ah…all is well…
Or is it?