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Saturday, January 13 2018

Children Of King David: Absalom

"But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron"

Absalom was the third-born son of King David. He was born in Hebron during the civil war (see Biblical Eras: The First Kings and The Civil War; also The Civil War Psalm and When Was Jerusalem The Capital Of The United Kingdom?).

"3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron." (2 Samuel 3:2-5 KJV)

Absalom became a would-be successor of his father after he killed his half-brother Amnon for the rape of their sister Tamar (see Children Of King David: Amnon). The second-born son, Chileab, for some reason, was not in the royal succession (see Children Of King David: Chileab).

Absalom After the killing of Amnon, Absalom fled into exile in his mother's homeland in Geshur (an area of Syria northeast of the Sea of Galilee; see also The Syrian Refugees), but he gradually schemed his way back home to his grieving father - by methods that demonstrated all too well that he was going to be big trouble if he returned. Absalom regarded himself above the law - murder and arson, and then later treason, meant nothing to him.

"13:38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

13:39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead." (2 Samuel 13:38-39 KJV)

"14:21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.

14:22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant." (2 Samuel 14:21-22 KJV)

"14:23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.

14:24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.

So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king's face." (2 Samuel 14:23-24 KJV)

"14:28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king's face. 14:29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come. 14:30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab's field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom's servants set the field on fire.

14:31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?

14:32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.

14:33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom." (2 Samuel 14:28-33 KJV)

Absalom then seemed to be in position to succeed his father as king. But Absalom was "ambitious" and impatient. When David wasn't getting old and dying fast enough to suit Absalom, Absalom staged a treasonous coup against his own father.

The Death of Absalom The traitor began by establishing a rebel "government" at Hebron - Absalom's birthplace when David lived there during the civil war. Then, "Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron" (2 Samuel 15:10 KJV).

When David heard that Absalom had seized power, he fled - not as a loser, but to prepare for his victorious return.

"15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.

15:14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

15:15 And the king's servants said unto the king, Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.

15:16 And the king went forth, and all his household after him. And the king left ten women, which were concubines, to keep the house. 15:17 And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off. 15:18 And all his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men which came after him from Gath, passed on before the king." (2 Samuel 15:13-18 KJV)

Going to war against his father King David was the biggest mistake of Absalom's rebellious life.

"18:1 And David numbered the people that were with him, and set captains of thousands and captains of hundreds over them. 18:2 And David sent forth a third part of the people under the hand of Joab, and a third part under the hand of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab's brother, and a third part under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said unto the people, I will surely go forth with you myself also.

18:3 But the people answered, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but now thou art worth ten thousand of us: therefore now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.

18:4 And the king said unto them, What seemeth you best I will do.

And the king stood by the gate side, and all the people came out by hundreds and by thousands. 18:5 And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom." (2 Samuel 18:1-5 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did Absalom lose the war to King David? How did Absaom's political and physical vanity get him hung?
See The Fall Of The Rebel Prince


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This Day In History

This Day In History, January 13

532: The Nika riots began in Constantinople, Turkey. Over the next week, it became the most destructive riot in the history of Constantinople; half the city was severely damaged or burned and tens of thousands of people were killed. The riots began from confrontations between opposing sports fans of the chariot races at the Hippodrome, a sporting and public events center in Constantinople (the city is known today known as Istanbul).


888: Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Franks.

1559: Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey. The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, the reign of Elizabeth I began with the defeat of the Spanish Armada (see also Send In The Marines). During her time, Britain rose to international power and prominence, beginning colonization that produced its worldwide empire of commerce and civilization over the next 400 years (see also What Really Happens In A Trade War?). A golden age for Britain, Elizabeth's contemporaries included Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Martin Frobisher and many others whose names are familiar still today.

Queen Elizabeth

1610: Galileo Galilei discovered Calisto, the 4th moon of Jupiter (see also Parabolic Prophecies).

Galileo Galilei

1691: George Fox, English founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, died at age 66. He left the Church of England (the "Anglican" Church) at age 23 and founded the Quaker movement in 1660 at age 36.

1733: James Oglethorpe, a Member of the British Parliament, and 130 others, arrived in North America to found a new royal colony on the continent. He named it Georgia in honor of King George II. Oglethorpe returned home to England in 1743 and served honorably in the British Army until his retirement. He died at Cranham, a suburb of London, in 1785.

James Oglethorpe

1785: John Walter published the first issue of The London Times.

1842: During the Afghan Wars, about 16,000 British and Indian troops were massacred in the Khyber Pass during an attempted retreat from Kabul.

1849: Vancouver Island was granted to the Hudson's Bay Company.

Hudson's Bay Company

1849: British forces under Lord Gough defeated the Sikhs at the Battle of Chillianwallah, India.

1898: French author Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter, accusing the French government of a cover-up in the Alfred Dreyfus treason case.

1900: To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary decreed that German would be the language of the imperial army.

1915: A massive earthquake killed over 30,000 people in Italy.

1915: South African troops under Louis Botha occupied Swakopmund in German South West Africa.

1923: Adolf Hitler denounced the Weimar Republic as 5,000 of his "storm troopers" strutted in the streets. Hitler subscribed to the self-destructive fantasy that "the more strong I am, the more right I am" (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator).


1935: In a plebiscite, the Saar region voted for incorporation into Germany.

1942: Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile. It was 30% lighter than a regular car (used less fuel) and didn't corrode like steel cars. The steel industry convinced Ford to abandon the idea and continue producing gas-guzzling, corroding cars.

1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?), Nazi U-boats began attacking ships off the coast of North America.

1942: During the Second World War, the first use of an aircraft ejection seat was done, by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

1945: At the end of the Second World War, Raoul Wallenberg was taken into custody by Soviet forces when they took Budapest. The 34 year old Swedish diplomat saved about 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazi Holocaust before his arrest. He was never heard from again, despite diplomatic efforts by numerous nations for over 40 years after his arrest.

Raoul Wallenberg

1976: Britain applied for credit of almost 1 billion Pounds from the International Monetary Fund.

1993: Former East German leader Erich Honecker, under whom the Berlin Wall was built, left a Berlin prison for exile in Chile; a court freed him because he was dying.




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