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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).
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.
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 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.
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.
Fact Finder: How did Absalom lose the war to King David? How did Absaom's political and physical vanity get him hung?
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.
1610: Galileo Galilei discovered Calisto, the 4th moon of Jupiter (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
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.
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.
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.
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.