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Tuesday, May 6 2014
2 Samuel 17: The Spirit Of Traitors
"I will exalt my throne above the stars of God"
The English word "traitor" originated from a Latin word, traditor, which meant to trade, as in to surrender something for the supposed benefit of the trader (traitor and trader actually had the same origin in meaning). Politically, it came to mean to violate one's allegiance to the king for one's supposed personal benefit.
Satan was the original traitor - he traded his allegiance to the King for an egotistical sovereignty unto himself: "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God ... I will be like the most High" (see also Satan's Masquerade).
"14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:13-14 KJV)
The failed rebel Satan then inspired the first human invasion, against the same King, through the same lust of covetousness ("I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet" Romans 7:7 KJV).
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
"19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest." (Luke 19:37-38 KJV)
That same spirit of rebellion against the King - and against those who were anointed as royal representatives of Him - also manifested itself (festered itself may be more appropriate) in Absalom's rebellion against his father King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David). While the spirit of rebellion was always the same, so too was the eventual result - an ego-driven trade that deflated into failure.
The traitor Absalom (see 2 Samuel 15: The Treason Of Absalom) was able to muster only one major battle against King David, "While he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only." Absalom failed to recognize that the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) was David's strength.
"17:1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: 17:2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only: 17:3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace. 17:4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel." (2 Samuel 17:1-4 KJV)
Absalom was a typical liberal. He knew how to tear something down, but was clueless in how to build something up. This was compounded by his advisors, who were either liberals like Absalom, or men who actually favored King David. Ahithophel advised Absalom to attack David immediately with overwhelming force, but Hushai convinced Absalom to hold off the attack, which gave David time to regroup and muster his forces, thereby enabling David's eventual victory and return as king. Hushai also advised Absalom to come out of the relative safety of the palace and lead the battle against David's forces himself - a piece of baited advice that proved to be a deadly mistake for Absalom.
"17:5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith. 17:6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou.
In the meantime, King David was safe, well-supplied and regaining military power. As we will cover in our next study, all that remained was for Absalom to deliver himself to a traitor's well-deserved fate.
"17:24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him. 17:25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man's son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab's mother. 17:26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.
This Day In History, May 6
636: (date approximate) The Battle of al-Qadisiyah; a military engagement in which Arab forces defeated the Sasanid Persian Empire (Persia is known today as Iran) and completed the conquest of Iraq.
1527: 40,000 mercenaries, hired by Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, sacked the city of Rome, destroying two-thirds of the houses. They killed clergy and laity alike, and forced Pope Clement VII to flee, disguised as a gardener (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1536: In further defiance to the Pope in Rome, King Henry VIII ordered English-language Bibles to be placed in every church in England.
1576: The Peace Treaty of Chastenoy ended "the Fifth War of Religion."
1626: The mythological incident in which a Dutch settler, Peter Minuit, "bought" what is today Manhattan Island from the "Indians" for a handful of trinkets. At most, the native Americans regarded the "purchase" as a simple gift from a visitor; they had no actual custom or legal practice of owning or selling land - they regarded the earth as owned by the Creator.
1682: King Louis XIV of France moved his court to Versailles.
1757: Frederick II of Prussia attacked Austrian troops defending Prague in the Seven Years War. The attack succeeded and Prague fell with 10,000 Austrian casualties.
1778: Connecticut-born U.S. soldier and frontiersman Ethan Allen was released after being captured in Montreal in 1775 (in which British forces of "New England" invaded the then France-held territory of Quebec i.e. "New France"). After his return, he did not serve in the Revolutionary War of the New England colonies, but devoted his time to local affairs in Vermont, working for separate statehood along with the existing thirteen former colonies. When that didn't happen, he attempted to negotiate the annexation of Vermont to Canada.
1840: The first adhesive postage stamps, the "Penny Black" and the "Twopenny Blue," went on sale in Britain.
1877: About 1,500 Sioux, led by Sitting Bull, entered Canada to settle at Wood Mountain, in present-day Saskatchewan. They fled north after the Battle of The Little Big Horn. The warrior Crazy Horse was the actual Sioux leader of the battle; he later surrendered to stop the retaliatory slaughter of entire Sioux villages, but was bayoneted to death "while trying to escape" Army custody. Instead of being allowed to live on a reservation, as officially agreed by both sides at the time of his surrender, Crazy Horse was taken by "the white devils" (as whites became known to the native Americans) to a common prison where he would have spent the rest of his life in a tiny concrete and steel cage.
1882: British statesman Lord Cavendish was murdered by Irish nationalists soon after arriving in Dublin as chief secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
1884: Judah Benjamin died. In 1852 he became the first professing Jew to be elected to the U.S. Senate, but during the U.S. Civil War he was took the side of the Confederates, serving as Attorney General. He fled the country after the war.
1889: The Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed.
1910: Edward VII, king of Great Britain and Ireland from January 1901, died.
1919: At the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Paris Peace Conference disposed of Germany's colonies; German East Africa was assigned as a League of nations mandate to Britain and France, while German South-West Africa was mandated to South Africa.
1937: The German airship Hindenburg burned at Lakehurst, New Jersey. 36 people lost their lives.
1942: During the Second World War, Coregidor fell to Japanese invasion forces.
1954: British runner Roger Bannister became the first officially-recorded human to run a mile in under four minutes, recording a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.
1994: Queen Elizabeth and French president Francois Mitterrand officially opened the English Channel tunnel at Folkstone, England. The first fixed link between Britain and the European continent since the Ice Age.
1996: The apparently-drowned body of former CIA director William Colby was found on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.
2001: During an official visit to Syria, Pope John Paul II became the first pope to enter a Muslim mosque (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).