Monday, December 5, 2016

And Absalom Died!

Absalom Sought Power by Fraud and by Deceit.

Absalom positioned himself by the side of the road leading to the city gate. This way, he encountered everyone coming in to see the king with a case. He thus flattered the people of Israel and fawned on them thereby positioning himself to be their king.

"In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses with men to run ahead of him. He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate".  
He would tell those going to present a case before the king; "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you", and 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" (2 Samuel 15:1-4)

Absalom's Conspiracy
When Absalom thought he had done enough to win the people over, he rebelled against his father, the king. Absalom mustered his own army of supporters and drove his father king David from the throne, forcing the king to flee.

Absalom Takes Power By Force
Although this did not seem to his followers as taking power by force, that was actually what it was. First, he deceived his supporters into believing he was the only right person to be their leader. Having gained the support of many through such protestations, they stuck with him. But his fate was soon to become theirs.
Absalom looked everywhere for supporters, except one place, Up! He failed to look up from where came the power that anointed and installed David as king. Absalom took his fight against David not only to the battle field, but up. He was fighting on the ground and was fighting with God. What were his chances?

Was Absalom made king? Did he become king after his father David? Did he not seem to have won when he drove his father from the throne? How long was his victory? A couple of days? A couple of weeks?

And Absalom Died!

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