2 Samuel 15:1-12…12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Absalom.
Absalom’s half-brother Amnon raped his sister Tamar and Absalom took her into his house and seethed with hatred for Amnon for 2 years. He lied to his father, King David, and arranged for Amnon to come to his farm and murdered him and fled to his mother’s former home . After 5 years Absalom returns to favor with the king  and begins a campaign to systemically undermine the king from Jerusalem vv.1-7.
The 3rd step in the conspiracy continues after 4 years with Absalom again lying to the king by asking for permission to go to Hebron to pay his vows to the Lord. David said “go in peace” vv.7-9. He sent his supporters to all the tribes of Israel asking them to organize the people and be ready for the signal proclaiming Absalom king in Hebron. Two hundred innocent men came with him. This weakened David and presented the possibility of them turning to Absalom vv.10-11. He also sent for Ahithophel, David’s counselor and Bethsheba’s grandfather, to come to Hebron v.12. Ahithophel had reasons to turn against David and join Absalom. With all these steps the trap was set for King David.
This was an 11-year process of rebellion by Absalom against God’s anointed king and his father because of bitterness resulting from the sin of his brother and father. However, make no mistake Absalom was responsible for his own sin because he exercised his free will to be bitter and rebel.
Today when we go 11 days, 11 weeks, 11 months or 11 years in bitterness, we are rebelling against Jesus our Savior. The only answer is to be in the Bible every day meditating, studying, praying and worship Jesus. Then when bad circumstances arise we can take them immediately to God, being thankful, trusting Jesus one day at a time.
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Henry Luke 7/29/2018