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May 15, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 15 (ESV)

After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him. And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And when he said, “Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel,” Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.” Then Absalom would say, “Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.” And whenever a man came near to pay homage to him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. Thus Absalom did to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel....Continue Reading

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  1. Once again, how the mighty have fallen! Although God said this would happen as a consequence for David’s sin, Absalom’s subverting of authority is not something God condones. It reminds us to be wary of causing division and that is exactly what is happening here. And it is interesting that David doesn’t put up a fight. I think the prospect of fighting his son and causing blood shed amongst fellow Israelites causes David to take the higher road. David is humble in retreat and thinks of others above himself. But clearly there are those who support him which I am sure is very helpful to David. If we have ever been in a situation like David’s, having friends stand by us is a great comfort. David is also protective of the ark of God and makes sure it is in the best place. But he is also shrewd and sends people back to spy on Absalom and frustrate the advice he is given. That will prove very helpful in the future. David here reminds me of Jesus’ counsel, be wise as serpents and meek as doves…..

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