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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

April 11 - Morning

"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.'

- Second Samuel 15:1-4

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Absalom Stirs Discontent and Promotes Himself    

Absalom tries to sow seeds of discontent without actually challenging his father’s authority. Absalom focuses on trying to find people throughout the kingdom who are discontent with something, anything, but nothing in particular. The only unifying factor that Absalom is looking for is people who are discontent and feel like they have not received justice in the kingdom or have not received their fair share.

Absalom did not say he wanted to be king, but he dressed the part of a king and always appeared in public with an escort of fifty men who served as a body guard, entourage and traffic police for Absalom’s chariot. Samuel had warned of this kind of flamboyant, self-serving behavior if Israel received the king they asked for. Samuel had said:

“This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.” – 1 Samuel 8:11

The chariot pulled by horses was a clear image of royalty. In ancient cultures from the Mesopotamians to the Hittites down to Egypt royalty and import public figures would have runners alongside and in front of their chariots. It was considered an honor to run by the wheels of the king’s chariot. Absalom’s brother would later do the same thing as he tried to usurp the throne from his brother Solomon:

“Now Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, put himself forward and said, ‘I will be king.’ So he got chariots and horses ready, with fifty men to run ahead of him.”
– 1 Kings 1:5

Absalom’s appeal for justice for the people was the main responsibility of the king in this ancient world. King Hammurai writes:

“When Marduk commissioned me to guide the people aright, to direct the land, I established law and justice in the language of the land, thereby promoting the welfare of the people.” (Details here and here)

It is written that King Ur-Mammu of Ur brought “equity in the land” and “banished malediction, violence and strife.”  (here)

So, Absalom is clearly trying to establish the impression that David has not treated people fairly or judged situations justly. And, if you are Bathsheba or Tamar or someone from Saul’s royal family who lost their claim to royalty, then there may be some truth to this accusation. Yet, even if Absalom’s claims may have a grain of truth to them, his motivation is clearly not sincerely for the people’s best interest. Absalom is playing the political game of public manipulation for his own self-interests.

Absalom is creating or developing two illusions:

1) David is unjust,
2) Absalom is a worthy, capable royal leader

And, Absalom will be successful in his development of these two illusions as he turns the kingdom against David and towards himself.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“He is not fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
– Jim Elliot





Something to Ponder??

“In reality, when a postmodernist calls for justice or fairness, he is borrowing this idea from a Christian worldview and trying to make it fit into his own, since there is no such thing as fairness found within his own worldview.”
- David A. Noebel, Understanding the Times

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Qadash (Hb) - Sanctify (Eng) - qadash is the Hebrew word that means “to sanctify” and “be holy” with the main idea being that something or someone is set aside for God.


The Bible records long life spans that extent several centuries in Genesis 5:3-32 (Adam 930, Seth 912, Mahalalel 895, Enoch 365, Methuselah 969, etc.). A clay prism found in Sumer dated to around 2000 BC says from the beginning of creation until the Flood the world had been ruled by eight kings who together ruled for 241,200 years. How is this possible? (1) They measured time differently? (2) They exaggerated to honor their leaders? (3) The flood altered life on earth by releasing poisonous toxins from inside the earth and allowing radiation from outer space to permeate the earth’s atmosphere?

Whatever the answer this clay prism from Sumer parallels the biblical account of creation, a short genealogical list and a worldwide flood that altered the human experience.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I manipulate situations and people for my own advantage?
Do I color the truth to make others look bad and myself look worthy of more respect and honor?
I will refrain from manipulation. I will cease using others mistakes and shortcomings to exploit my own position. Instead I will serve and speak truth as I seek to wellbeing of all men. (1 Corinthians 10:24)

  "Hopes placed in mortals die with them;
    all the promise of their power comes to nothing."

- Proverbs 11:7
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Deuteronomy 32 First Samuel 31 First Samuel 13
Prayer for Today
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Discernment concerning truth and deception

Holy Spirit activity


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
A model of Herod's tomb sets on the side of the Herodian where it was discovered in 2007. The original was smashed by Jewish Zealots during the Jewish war 66-73 AD.

A map of Israel surrounded by actual photos of a few of the locations in Israel referred to in the Bible.

A map of Israel surrounded by actual photos of a few of the locations in Israel referred to in the Bible's account of Joshua's entrance into the land and his central campaign recorded in the book of Joshua.

A model of Herod's tomb sets on the side of the Herodian where it was discovered in 2007. The original was smashed by Jewish Zealots during the Jewish war 66-73 AD.
(Photos I took of the original discovery in June of 2007 about 6 weeks
after it was uncovered in late April 2007 are here.)
Image of tomb here and sarcophagus here.
More details here and here.
See Dr. Carl Rasmussen's photos here. )
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