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Monday, April 28, 2014

Day 54 - 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge - 2 Samuel 13 - 16 Great Adventure A Journey Through the Bible

Day 54 

2 Samuel 13 -16 

Bible Time Period:  Royal Kingdom 
You established a kingdom on your servant David and promised him an eternal throne:  Establish your kingdom in our midst.

Prayer of David while he fled from his son Absalom (2 Samuel 15:13 - 14, Psalm 3)
How many are my foes, Lord!
How many rise against me!
How many say of me,
"God will not save that one."
But you, Lord are a shield around me;
my glory, you keep my head high.
Whenever I cried out to the Lord,
I was answered from the holy mountain.
Whenever I lay down and slept,
the Lord preserved me to rise again.
I do not rear, then, thousands of people
arrayed against me on every side.
Arise, Lord! Save me, my God!
You will shatter the jaws of all my foes;
you will break the teeth of the wicked.
Safety comes from the Lord.
Your blessings for your people. (Psalm 3)

Amnon is the firstborn son of David; his mother was Ahinoam of Jezreel.  Amnon was born at Hebron.  He developed an uncontrollable passion for his half sister Tamar, daughter of David and Maacah and thus the full sister of Absalom.  Amnon revealed his lust after feigning illness and requesting that David send Tamar to care for him.  When Tamar refused his advances, Amnon raped her and then humiliated her further by throwing her out into the street.  Absalom plotted revenge for the crime and brought his scheme to fruition two years later at a banquet.  When Amnon became drunk, Absalom had him murdered. This murder was the foundation for the eventual breach between David and Absalom. (Catholic Bible Dictionary, General Editor, Scott Hahn, page 39 -40) 

Absalom is the third son of David; his mother was the foreigner Maacah, daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur.  After Absalom had Amnon killed, he fled to Geshur, where he remained for three years (2 Samuel 13:30-39) until Joab, David's general and nephew, arranged for his return to the court (2 Samuel 14).  Absalom was not permitted into the presence of the king (David) for two years, after which time some reconciliation was achieved. 

Yet immediately after his reconciliation Absalom began to ingratiate himself with the people, and acquired popularity while speaking against his father (King David).  Finally he convinced the people of his political strength, went to Hebron and proclaimed himself king which began a revolt.  (2 Samuel 15:1-6)

King David fled from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 15:13 - 16).  At the urging of Ahithophel, one of David's former counselors, Absalom entered the city and took possession of his father's harem "in the sight of all Israel" a symbolic proclamation that he had replaced David as king.  Ahithophel next called on Absalom to move immediately to finish off his father; this counsel was opposed by Hishai, who was secretly working for David.  Absalom listened to the latter, and Ahithophel, sensing this to be a fatal error, hanged himself in despair.  (2 Samuel 17:23) (Catholic Bible Dictionary, General Editor Scott Hahn, page 16 - 17)

Today's Reading
2 Samuel 13 - 16

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