- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 15
“The sword will never depart from your house…” (2 Samuel 12:10). This oracle has been done in the revolt of King David’s son, Absalom.
Absalom manipulated royal system to get his own power for four years. Then he declared himself to be the king of Israel at Hebron. Hearing this, King David and his people fled from his palace in Jerusalem. The historian described how King David treated others and himself in this situation.
He showed kindness to non-Israel tribes, Kerethies, Pelethites, Gittires, who followed his royal fleeing. He tried to let them go to avoid trouble. But they committed themselves to follow David.
He kept the ark of God in Jerusalem, along with Zadok the priest. It was a symbol of the presence of God. It was his act of faith to keep the ark of God in Jerusalem, trusting God, and waiting for guidance from God.
He laid a strategic plan by sending Hushai to nullify the wisdom of Ahithophel, the sheer of Absalom, and to spy out Absalom.
Now both Absalom and Hushai went into royal palace in Jerusalem while King David fled.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2.What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?