Rebels Against The King

Absalom would come to do what David never did against Saul, “raise his hand against the Lord’s anointed.” However, in response David has an incredible trust and rest in the sovereignty of God. All in all he exemplifies this characteristic of God, that he does not desire the death of the wicked. But in addition we will confront a principle here that is distasteful to us. That God, through Jesus, is the King of all the world. And that rebellion against him is worthy of punishment. Stephen did not get stoned for announcing “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” he was stoned for saying this: Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him…”

ere in this chapter one of the main themes is mankind’s rebellion against the Lord’s anointed king.

In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” 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.” Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. 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. At the end of four years, Absalom said to the king, “Let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the LORD. While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: ‘If the LORD takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the LORD in Hebron. ’ ” The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he went to Hebron. 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.’ ” Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter. While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing. A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.
— 2 Samuel 15:1-13

We must not forget who David represents to the people, and to the New Testament writers: the Lord’s anointed king, and a shadow and type of Christ!  We must be broken in humility before the king of kings, we must lay down our arms of rebellion.  We must realize that God’s love and mercy came to us while we were still rebels, and he was incredibly patient and longsuffering with us.  We must understand that there are only two options, to kiss the son, falling into his arms of forgiveness and mercy, or to be destroyed by his wrath, justly deserved for all our sins.

In Prayer Today:

Thank God that you now belong to Him.