Week #40; Wed, 10/03/18: 1 Samuel 15-19

Week #40; Wed, 10/03/18: 1 Samuel 15:1-19:24

PERSONAL OBSERVATIOINS:

1. The Lord exacts harsh judgment over details regarding completion of His commandments.
2. Lack of attention to details can be costly if not performed in accordance with the word of the Lord.
3. The linage of Christ is clear as it can be as the kingdom moves forward.
4. The Lord upholds those that come in His name, even while facing giants.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

1 SAMUEL 15: Saul rejected
1. When the Lord instructed Samuel to inform Saul to defeat the Amalekites, Saul did so; but, he did not totally destroy everything that God commanded him.
2. The Lord said to Samuel, “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.”
3. Saul even built a monument for himself in Carmel thinking he had performed his mission successfully.
4. However, Saul overlooked the fact that the Lord considered Saul’s omissions as rebellion, presumption, and rejection of the word of the Lord. 5. Samuel informs Saul that the Lord has rejected him from being king because he rejected the word of the Lord.
6. Saul confessed to Samuel that he sinned through transgression of the Lord’s word because he feared the people and obeyed their voice.
7. Even when Saul asked for pardon, he was rejected by Samuel and not seen again until the day of his death.

1 SAMUEL 16: David anointed
1. The Lord told Samuel to fill his horn with oil, to take a heifer for sacrifice, and go to Jesse in Bethlehem for “I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”
2. Samuel was told to pass by all of Jesse’s sons until only David was left but was not present at the sacrifice since he was attending to the sheep.
3. When David was brought up to Samuel and Jesse, he was anointed as king and given the Spirit of the Lord for the Lord looked into his heart and it was right.
4. The Spirit of the Lord also departed from Saul and he was given a harmful spirit to torment him.
5. Saul’s servants sought out a skillful player of the lyre to soothe him when he was in torment; David was selected and he also became Saul’s armor bearer.
6. When David played for Saul, it gave Saul relief from the harmful spirit.

1 SAMUEL 17: Goliath, the giant Philistine
1. When the Philistines gathered for battle against Israel, Saul gathered his army in the Valley of Elah where they met on line.
2. Out of the camp of the Philistines came a mighty giant warrior named Goliath of Gath who daily challenged the men of Israel to send out a man to fight to the death to determine a winner between them and a winner for the overall opponents.
3. After 40 days of this challenge, David heard Goliath’s battle cry and asked, “What shall be done for the man who kills the Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel?”
4. The king had pledged to enrich the man who kills Goliath with great riches, give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.
5. David convinced Saul to let him fight Goliath by stating that he had killed lions and bears while attending sheep; David did not even accept Saul’s armor.
6. David took his staff, 5 smooth stones, his sling, and a shield bearer as he went out to face Goliath.
7. Goliath cursed David by his gods and showed him disdain while David told him, “I come in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defiled.”
8. Goliath was felled by a rock from David’s sling and David cut off Goliath’s head using Goliath’s own sword; the Philistines fled at the fall of their champion.
9. Saul brought David to him to inquire about his father while David was still holding the head of Goliath.
10. David put Goliath’s armor in his tent.

1 SAMUEL 18: Friendship between David and Jonathan
1. Jonathan and David’s soul were knit together in a covenant.
2. Jonathan gave David his own robe and his armor.
3. David became successful in war wherever Saul sent him, so Saul set him over the men of war.
4. David was good in the sight of the people.
5. Saul became jealous of David when he heard the songs of the women when returning from war–“Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”
6. Saul eyed David from that day on thinking of what Samuel said about his kingdom.
7. The next day the harmful spirit entered Saul, and while David was playing his lyre, Saul hurled his spear at David but he evaded it twice.
8. Saul knew that the Lord was with David, so he removed David from his presence and made him commander of a thousand.
9. David also married Saul’s daughter Michal and not Merab who should have been given to him.

1 SAMUEL 19: Saul attempts to kill David
1. Saul sought his son, Jonathan, and his servants to kill David, but Jonathan told David of his fathers intent.
2. Jonathan sought Saul’s intent directly and Saul relented promising not to kill David.
3. Jonathan brought David to Saul and he was in his presence as before; however, there was war again with the Philistines dictating David go out and fight them.
4. A harmful spirit came upon Saul when David returned home from war and he again turned his spear on David to kill him.
5. But, David’s wife, Michal encouraged David to escape and she let him down through a window so he could flee and escape; Michal told Saul’s servants that David was sick in bed when they came to take him to Saul.
6. Saul sent messengers to Ramah three times and each group failed to recover David, so he went to Ramah himself; he also failed to recover David and he began to prophesy like the three groups he sent.

Week #41; Wed, 10/10/18: 1 Samuel 20-25

Week #41; Wed, 10/10/18: 1 Samuel 20:1-25:44

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. David is on the run from Saul.
2. When David spared Saul’s life, he ceased pursuing David.
3. David loses his wife but gains a new one in a way that can only be attributed to the hand of God.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Samuel 20: Jonathan’s Warning to David
1. David feared his life would be taken by Saul and he was in hiding.
2. Jonathan assured David that his father always disclosed his intentions to him.
3. Jonathan made a covenant with David to inform him of his father’s intention upon the coming of the new moon.
4. Jonathan promised to shoot three arrows to signal to David his father’s intent, safety or danger in returning to Saul.
5. At the feast of the new moon, David’s place at the king’s table was empty and Saul inquired as to his whereabouts.
6. Jonathan told Saul that David went to Bethlehem to be with his family for the feast; this angered Saul and he promised to put David to death.
7. Later, Jonathan signaled to David with his arrows that his father’s intent was to do harm to David.
8. David and Jonathan departed in separate ways carrying much grief.

1 Samuel 21: David flees alone to Nob to Ahimelech the priest
1. David asked Ahimelech, “What do you have on hand to eat?”
2. Ahimelech gave him the holy bread for there was no common bread on hand.
3. David also asked for weapons; however, Ahimelech only had the sword of Goliath that David took from him in the battle at the Valley of Elah.
4. David took Goliath’s sword and fled to Gath to Achish the king of Gath, but the local people recognized him.
5. So, David feared Achish and he changed his behavior pretending to be mentally disturbed making Achish think he was mad.

1 Samuel 22: The Cave of Adullam
1. David departed from Nob and escaped to the cave of Adullam where his whole family and about 400 others went down to him at the news.
2. David became captain over all of them and they went down to Mizpeh of Moab and appealed to the king to let them stay with them.
3. The Lord spoke through the prophet Gad telling David to go to the forest of Hereth in Judah.
4. Doeg, the Edomite, informed Saul all that David had done at Nob and he sent for Ahimelech, the priest, and the priests who were at Nob.
5. Saul put Ahimelech and 85 others to death along with all of the people of Nob, except for one, Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech.
6. Abiathar went to David and informed him what Doeg told Saul and what Saul did to Nob.

1 Samuel 23: Philistines attack Keilah
1. The Philistines were robbing the threshing floors at the city of Keilah, so David inquired of the Lord to attack them.
2. The Lord told David to attack the Philistines at Keilah; David and his men were victorious.
3. Saul plotted to kill David at Keilah, a city with gates and iron bars.
4. David summoned the ephod that Abiathar, the priest, carried and he said to the Lord, “Will the people of Keilah surrender me to Saul?”
5. The Lord said, “Yes.”
6. David and his 600 men departed from Keilah and went to the strongholds of the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh while being pursued by Saul.
7. Jonathan went to David and they made a covenant together agreeing that David would be king over Israel and that they would be rejoined in the reign of David while they also confirmed that Saul knows this.
8. Meanwhile, the Ziphites disclosed David’s location to Saul and they led him to the wilderness of Maon in Arabah; but, in the pursuit of David, Saul learned that the Philistines were attacking the land.

1 Samuel 24: David spares Saul from sure death
1. Following the subduing of the Philistines, Saul took 3,000 of his men to resume his hunt for David.
2. While in route to capture David, Saul entered a cave at Engedi to find relief, the same cave where David and his men were hiding.
3. David stealthily cut off the corner of Saul’s robe there in the cave.
4. Later, David followed Saul and called after him saying, “My lord, the king!” and showed Saul the corner of his robe exclaiming that even though the Lord delivered Saul into his hand, he did not harm him.
5. Saul wept and confessed to David that he is more righteous and that he would become King of Israel.
6. Saul and David departed.

1 Samuel 25: Death of Samuel
1. When Samuel died they buried him in his house at Ramah.
2. David departed to Maon in the wilderness of Paran where he met Nabal and Abigail who were very rich.
3. Nabal was shearing sheep in Carmel and David sent his men to seek whatever he had for a feast day.
4. Nabal rejected David’s men and greatly insulted them.
5. David’s men had been guarding Nabal’s possessions while he was in Carmel shearing his many sheep.
6. David was indignant that Nabal did not do good for good and he ordered his men to draw their sword against Nabal.
7. Abigail interceded offering David’s men the prepared feast for Nabal’s men while she pleaded for David not to harm Nabal.
8. David relented and praised Abigail for keeping him from bloodguilt.
9. When Abigail told Nabal about the feast for David and his men, he became like a stone and later died.
10. Saul had given Michal, David’s wife and his daughter, to Palti of Gallim so David sent his servants to Abigail to seek her for his wife and she agreed.

Week #42; Wed, 10/17/18: 1 Samuel 26-2 Samuel 2

Week #42; Wed, 10/17/18: 1 Samuel 26:1–2 Samuel 2:32

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. David and Saul struggle again and again over a centralized state for the company of tribes.
2. David and Saul see more pressure from the Philistines, but David flees to them at a critical time.
3. Yahweh plays a central part in the governing of Israel and the transformation into a centralized state–to keep moving forward.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
1 Samuel 26: Collision course for Saul and David
1. A confrontation over power by Saul and David must be resolved.
2. Saul is the stalker and David is the stalked that must always escape.
3. But, the Lord arose during Saul’s pursuit of David at the wilderness of Ziph putting a deep sleep over Saul and his 3,000 men enabling David and Abishai to take Saul’s spear and water jag.
4. From a safe distance, David calls out to Abner to explain why he did not properly guard Saul, the Lord’s anointed.
5. David displayed Saul’s spear and water jar that was at his head to prove that Saul had been at great risk; he returned it to Saul.
6. David yelled to Saul, “What have I done, why do you come out seeking a single flea?”
7. Saul admitted, “I have sinned. Return for I will do no more harm to you.”
8. However, they departed from the place by separate way.
1 Samuel 27: David seeks shelter from the Philistines
1. David knows that Saul will continue to pursue him, so he escapes to the land of the Philistines, out of the land of Israel.
2. David and his 600 men and their families fled to Gath and Saul no longer sought him.
3. David said to Achish, king of Gath, “Give me a place in one of the country towns to dwell.”
4. Achish agreed and gave David and his men Ziklag; they lived there for 16 months.
5. David and his men raided and plundered the towns in the greater area leaving no survivors to bring news to Gath.
6. When Achish asked, “Where have you been raiding?” David would say in Judah.
7. Achish believed David and was content to think that because of this, David was no longer welcome in Israel.
1 Samuel 28: The medium of En-dor spells trouble for Saul
1. Achish’s false trust in David led him to take David to war against Israel even making him his personal body guard.
2. Upon engaging at Shunem by the Philistines and at Gilboa by Israel to do battle, Saul became fearful and sought the Lord; but, the Lord would not answer Saul.
3. Saul then told his servants to seek out a medium to inquire with her.
4. Under disguise, Saul was led to a medium at En-dor by night where he sought to see Samuel.
5. Saul explained to Samuel that he sought him for guidance how to confront the Philistines in the face of war.
6. Samuel informed Saul that he will lose to the Philistines and that he and his sons will die and join Samuel.
7. Saul was immediately filled with fear and at the insistence of the woman, he ate with his men and departed for his camp.
1 Samuel 29: David is rejected by the Philistines
1. As the commanders of the Philistines were passing by to gather for battle from Aphek, they asked Achish why the Hebrews were included with the force.
2. The Philistine commanders refused to allow David and his men to join their forces for fear that they would defect and return to Israel, for they knew of David’s tremendous skills in war.
3. Achish followed the demands of the lords of the Philistines and sent David and his men home to his assigned place in Ziklag.
1 Samuel 30: David’s wives and children captured at Ziklag
1.When David and his men arrived in Ziklag, they found that the Amalekites had burned the town and taken all women and children captive.
2. David and his men pursued the Amalekites and defeated them, striking down all but 400 who escaped on camels.
3. David and his men recovered all that was taken by the Amalekites including wives and children and returned to Ziklag.
1 Samuel 31: Saul’s demise at Mount Gilboa
1. In the battle between the Philistines and Israel, the men of Israel fled and fell slain on Mount Gilboa including Saul and his sons (Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchi-shua).
2. Israel abandoned their cities and they became occupied by the Philistines.
3. The Philistines recovered the bodies of Saul and his sons.
4. The Philistines put Saul’s armor in the temple of Ashtaroh and they placed his body along with his sons on the wall in the temple of Beth-shan.
5. The Jabesh-gilead residents heard what the Philistines did and the valiant men went and recovered the bodies bringing them to Jabesh to burn while fasting for seven days.
2 Samuel 1: David learns of the Death of Saul and his sons
1. After the battle at Mount Gilboa, a man came to David from Saul’s camp informing him that Saul and his sons had died.
2. David asked the man how he knew that Saul and his sons were dead and the man said that he struck Saul after he was fallen by arrows because he was sure that Saul could not survive.
3. The man explained that he took Saul’s crown and armlet to bring them to David for proof of his explanation.
4. David had the man executed for putting Saul to death; specifically, for killing the Lord’s anointed.
5. David lamented Saul and Jonathan
2 Samuel 2: Anointing of David, King of Judah
1. David inquired of the Lord as to where he was to go and the Lord said to “Go up to Hebron.”
2. David took his two wives and his men to live in the town of Hebron where he was anointed king over the house of Judah.
3. David blessed the men of Jabesh-gilead for burying Saul.
4. However, Abner, commander of Saul’s army, took Ish-bosheth, son of Saul, and made him king over Israel at Mahanaim setting up more confrontation; this time between Israel and Judah.
5. Initially, twelve men from Judah and Israel were chosen to battle at Gibeon which finally ended with Joab blowing the trumpet to cease engaging with Abner for the immediate situation.

Week #43; Wed, 10/24/18: 2 Samuel 3-10

Week #43; Wed, 10/24/18: 2 Samuel 3:1-10:19

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. A long war took place between the house of David and the house of Saul; David’s house prevailed in the end.
2. David is a new thing in Israel; he is the natural, obvious, and Yahweh-willed successor to Saul.
3. The transfer of legitimacy must demonstrate David as the rightful successor to Saul.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
2 Samuel 3: Abner and David unite both houses
1. While Abner ruled Saul’s house, he was intent to do what the Lord promised David in spite of consolidating his personal power in the vacuum of Saul and over-running Ishbosheth, Saul’s son.
2. Abner transfers the kingdom of Saul to set up the throne of David over Israel and over Judah, from Dan to Beersheba.
3. David insisted that Michal, Saul’s daughter and David’s wife, be returned to him.
4. When Abner departed, Joab arrived and became enraged when he learned that Abner had come to David at Hebron with twenty men.
5. Privately, and unbeknownst to David, Joab struck Abner and killed him for killing his brother Asahel at the battle at Gibeon.
6. David and all the people mourn Abner at his burial in Hebron; it became well known that it was not David’s will to put Abner to death.
2 Samuel 4: David’s response to the murder of Ish-bosheth
1. After Abner died at Hebron, two Benjamite men, Baanah and Rechab, killed Ish-bosheth and brought the news to David.
2. The men believed David would receive them gladly; however, David seized them and killed them for killing a righteous man as he had in the past at the news of the death of Saul and his sons.
2 Samuel 5: David becomes king of Israel
1. When David was 30, all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and recognized him as the one who led out and brought in Israel even during Saul’s reign.
2. So, all the elders told David as the Lord had said, “You shall be shepherd of my people Israel.” and he reigned for 40 years.
2 Samuel 6: The Ark is brought to Jerusalem
1. David and his men went to Jerusalem and transformed it into a stronghold and called it the “city of David.”
2. David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts was with him.
3. David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and he exalted his kingdom for the sake of Israel.
4. Hiram king of Tyre sent cedar trees, carpenters, and masons to build King David a house.
5. When the Philistines heard David became king of Israel, they came up against him in the Valley of Rephaim.
6. David inquired of the Lord about going up to meet them and the Lord told David to do so; David defeated them at Baal-perazim and carried away their idols.
7. The Philistines came up a second time at the Valley of Rephaim and again they were defeated from Gaza to Gezer.
8. David went to Baale-judah with 30,000 men to bring up from there the ark of God (called: the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim) to Jerusalem.
9. David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the Lord, with songs, lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals until Uzzah saw an ox stumble at the threshing floor of Nacon; Uzzah died when he reached out to stabilize the ark of God on the ox cart.
10. David became angry and was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David, instead he took it to the house of Obed-edom, the Gittite.
11. After 3 months, David learned that the Lord had blessed the household of Obed-edom, so he went and brought up the ark of God to the city of David with sacrifice and rejoicing.
12. David danced before the Lord with all his might while wearing a linen ephod to the sound of shouts and horns.
13. Michal saw the procession as the ark entered the city and she despised David in her heart for uncovering himself before the eyes of his servants.
14. When the ark of the Lord was placed in a tent made for it by David, he offered a burnt offering and a peace offering.
15. David returned to bless his household, but Michal confronted him, expressing her disgust over his shameful public performance.
16. David said to her that it was before the Lord who chose him above her father and all of his house and he would make himself even more contemptible in her eyes; Michal had no children to the day of her death.
2 Samuel 7: God makes a covenant with David
1. After David’s house was completed and peace reigned in Israel, David felt uneasy about the ark of God being in just a tent.
2. God spoke to Nathan, the prophet, how He plans to rise up David’s offspring to build Him a house; not David.
3. The Lord promised that David’s offspring will have a great kingdom and it’s throne will be established forever; His steadfast love will not depart from him as it was taken from Saul.
4. David prayed at the news delivered by Nathan giving thanks and gratitude to the Lord for all that the Lord has done and will do for the kingdom of Israel as revealed to the prophet by the God of Israel.
2 Samuel 8: David defeats his enemies
1. The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went, from the Edomites, Ammonites, Philistines, Amalekites, and the kingdom of Zobah; he took spoils of gold, silver, bronze to Jerusalem while building garrisons in the lands that were taken.
2. David put officials in place to administer justice and equity to all his people.
2 Samuel 9: David comforts Mephibosheth
1. David showed Mephibosheth (he was lame in both feet) kindness for the sake of his father Jonathan, the son of Saul.
2. David told Mephibosheth he would restore to him all of the land of Saul and he would eat at his table always.
3. David commanded Ziba, Saul’s servant, to till the land for Mephibosheth and bring in the produce for him; however, Mephibosheth would always eat at David’s table.
2 Samuel 10: David defeats Ammonites and Syrians
1. The king of the Ammonites died and David sent his servants to console his son Hanun since his father dealt loyally with him.
2. But, at the advice of his princes, they warned Hanun that David is untrustworthy and is only scouting out their land.
3. David’s men were shamed and abused and sent back to David.
4. When the Ammonites heard they had become a stench to David, they hired 23,000 Syrians to confront David.
5. Joab and Abishai, his brother, were sent to meet the Ammonites and Syrians and they defeated them.
6. A second time the Ammonites and the Syrians arrayed themselves against David and fought with him and a second time they were defeated; they made peace with Israel and became subject to them.

Week #44; Wed, 10/31/18: 2 Samuel 11-15

Week #44; Wed, 10/31/18: 2 Samuel 11:1-15:37

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. David and Bathsheba were tied to political ruthlessness by chance (or by plan . . . ?); we need to look at all sides.
2. We should inspect the shared life we have with David and Bathsheba under a lens of blessing and curse.
3. Ongoing conflict with the Ammonites has a thread that traces back to failures to cleanse the inhabitants of the lands since the crossing over the Jordan.
4. The stage sets Israel’s men of war against the Ammonites under the leadership of Joab; it is uncertain why David stayed in Jerusalem while his army was engaged in battle.
5. We know God has told David his son will build him a house (2 Samuel 7:12); Solomon was yet to arrive, but he was destined to show up in God’s time.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
2 Samuel 11: David, Bathsheba
1. In the spring of the year, a time when kings went out to battle, David’s army was engaged with the Ammonites while King David remained in Jerusalem for uncertain reasons.
2. One afternoon after napping, David strolled around on his roof and his attention was drawn to a beautiful woman bathing nearby.
3. David sent his servants to inquire about her and later sent others to summons her to his palace.
4. The woman was named Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, the Hittite who was deployed against the Ammonites.
5. Bathsheba became pregnant by David and conceived a son; she later sent David news of her condition.
6. Her condition dictated that it be addressed quickly by David to avert a major scandal that could threaten his kingdom.
7. David sent a message to Joab to have Uriah return home from battle with the Ammonites.
8. Upon dining with David, he was told to go to his home and family; however, Uriah instead did not go home but stayed at the door of the king’s palace with the king’s servants.
9. David learned that another course of action was needed to hide his sin with Bathsheba; he returned him to Joab at the battlefront with a sealed letter describing his own demise.
10. Joab read David’s letter and complied by putting Uriah at the most dangerous point of combat where he died.
11. Joab sent notice to David that Uriah was dead.
12. Following the news of Uriah, Bathsheba lamented over her husband; but, she went to David and became his wife, delivering him a son.
13. However, the Lord was displeased with what David did.
2 Samuel 12: Nathan’s Rebuke
1. The Lord sent Nathan to David saying the story of a little ewe lamb that was misappropriated by a rich man to feed his guest while he had plenty of lambs of his own.
2. David, upon hearing the unfair story, was infuriated and demanded that the man die and restore the lamb fourfold.
3. Nathan, told David, “You are the man!”
4. “The Lord says a sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.”
5. Further, “I will raise up evil against you out of your own house and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor.”
6. Although the Lord put away David’s sin, the son born to him will die.
7. David remarked that, “I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” which is a solid inference that children will go to heaven.
8. Bathsheba conceived again and bore David another son; his name was Solomon (and also Jedidiah).
9. Meanwhile, Joab captured the Ammonite’s royal city of Rabbah and the city of waters.
10. Upon Joab’s news, David went to Rabbah taking the crown of gold and jewels from the kings head to wear, along with a great amount of spoils.
11. The people were also brought out and set to labor for David and the Israelites.
2 Samuel 13: Amnon and Tamar
1. At the crafty suggestion of Jonadab, Amnon set about to lustfully pursue Tamar, his sister and Absalom’s sister.
2. After he succeeded, he despised Tamar and shamed her.
3. As Absalom learned of Tamar’s distress and disgrace, he plotted to kill Amnon which was accomplished two years later during a feast near Ephraim.
4. When David learned what Absalom did to Amnon, he wept very bitterly.
5. Absalom fled and went to Talmai in Geshur for three years while David was left in mourning.
2 Samuel 14: Return of Absalom
1. Joab conspired with a woman to have her pretend to be in mourning and give a false account to the king; however, it backfired when the woman revealed the plot.
2. As David learned of the plot, he commanded Joab to go back to Absalom and bring him back to Jerusalem to live in his own house but not to come into the presence of David.
3. Joab followed David’s command and Absalom lived in his own house but did not come into the presence of David.
4. Absalom was a handsome man having three sons and one daughter named Tamar, a beautiful woman.
5. Absalom stayed out of the presence of the king for three years and then sought an audience via Joab.
6. David kissed Absalom when he came into his presence.
2 Samuel 15: Absalom conspires with the people
1. Absalom appealed to the people in public to become a judge in the land, promising justice.
2. Absalom displayed public affection to all those who came to him for judgment and thus stealing the hearts of the men of Israel.
3. After four years, Absalom sought to go to Hebron to pay homage for a vow he alleged and David granted Absalom this request.
4. The people with Absalom kept increasing until it was reported to David that the hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.
5. David and his men departed Jerusalem.
6. Hushai, the Archite followed David out to the Mount of Olives, pleading to go along with him; however, David asked him to return to Jerusalem and serve Absalom getting word and providing it to David.