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					ICA-Bangkok                                 H. Maurice Lednicky              Even after Absalom had determined to kill his father, David
Series on DAVID                             October 14, 2007              did not want him to be hurt (2 Samuel 18:2-5). During the
                                                                          ensuring battle Absalom was killed as he was hanging by his
TITLE:        A COUP INSIDE THE ROYAL FAMILY                              hair in an oak tree (2 Samuel 18:9-17). But David mourned
                                                                          for his son (2 Samuel 19:1-8) until his soldiers felt ashamed/
TEXT:         2 Samuel 15:10-14; 17:1-4                                   defeated for saving his rulership in Israel. King David is still
                                                                          remorseful over his own sin and sees this rebellion as one of
THEME:        Maintaining a right attitude toward others, even when
                                                                          the consequences that the prophet Nathan had said he would
              they have treated you wrongly
                                                                          have to endure. Scripture verifies that David suffered the
INTRODUCTION:                                                             heartache of family conflict the remaining years of his life.
   Twice in his life, DAVID was confronted with a choice of how to          The point to be made is that King David now as the
respond in defending his life. For a long period, (before David was       superordinate (superior in rank, authority), still did not seek
king), King Saul was very jealous of his popularity with the people and   to avenge himself of wrong doing against him. “If the Lord
tried to kill him. From the time that David killed Goliath, King Saul     sees fit, he will bring me back to see the Ark and the
wanted to “remove” David, as he saw him as a threat to his monarchy.      Tabernacle again. But if he is through with me, then let him
For this historical perspective, 1 Samuel 18-23 gives a rather            do what seems best to him.” (2 Samuel 15:25)
detailed account of how David was running/hiding from the king. On
                                                                          I. DAVID TRUSTED GOD‟S DECISIONS
two (2) separate occasions David had the opportunity to kill Saul.
                                                                             A. He saw King Saul as “the Lord‟s anointed”
Once in a cave, David was close enough to cut off the robe of Saul
                                                                                1. Even though King Saul had sinned (1 Samuel 15)
(1 Samuel 24:4-22), but his conscience bothered him. “The Lord
                                                                                2. Even though David had been anointed as the next
knows I shouldn‟t have done it…It is a serious thing to attack the
                                                                                     king of Israel (1 Samuel 16)
Lord‟s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” (1 Samuel
                                                                                3. Even though he had opportunity to kill him
24:6) Again, David came into the camp of King Saul, who was asleep,
                                                                                    (1 Samuel 24 and 26)
and took his spear and jug of water, but did not kill him (1 Samuel
                                                                                4. Notes for consideration
26:5-12). The point is that when DAVID was a subordinate (less in
                                                                                     a. Not assume that God excuses or overlooks sin
rank, authority), he did not try to avenge himself of Saul‟s
                                                                                     b. Not a shield against sin in life of a leader
wrongdoing against him, when it appeared that he had both
                                                                                          (Sinful leader forfeits right of leadership)
opportunity and motive.
                                                                                     c. Speaks of man‟s attempt to act in behalf of
   Now, many years later, ABSALOM, the charming son of David
                                                                                          God in punishing wrongdoing—God is the judge
(2 Samuel 14:25; 15:6), who had been estranged from his father for
                                                                             B. David understood the future of the Kingdom was in
five (5) years for killing his half brother Amnon, is now reconciled to
                                                                                God‟s hands (2 Samuel 15:25)
David (2 Samuel 14:33). After another four (4) years, Absalom
                                                                                1. David did not see himself as indispensable
incited a rebellion—a coup—and was proclaimed king (2 Samuel 15:10-
                                                                                2. Not struggle to “prove” that he was right
13). King David fled from the palace in Jerusalem. There was great
                                                                                3. Not struggle to “maintain a position.”
sadness among the people as the king left the city (2 Samuel 15:30).
    C. The highest level (most difficult) of faith is TRUST          III. DAVID SHOWED MERCY UPON HIS RETURN AS KING
        1. God is ALL KNOWING (Omniscient) (Romans 11:33)                 A. Shemei (member of Saul‟s family) cursed King David
        2. God is ALL POWERFUL (Omnipotent) (Isaiah 40:10-28)                as he fled from Jerusalem.
        3. God WISELY links His Power/Knowledge (Psalm 147:5)                READ: 2 SAMUEL 16:5-12
    D. Releases us from the “burden” of trying to decide/determine        B. David showed mercy to Shemei upon his return
       answers for uncontrollable circumstances                              READ: 2 SAMUEL 19:18-23
        1. God is in CONTROL                                                 1. Easily assume Shemei‟s motive was self
            a. From the greatest (of men)                                         preservation (for life to be spared)
               Reference: King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:28-37)               2. David had authority to punish Shemei
            b. To the smallest detail                                     C. MERCY—Not giving another what they “deserve
               “Not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without            1. Subject (person) is guilty—justly condemned
                 your Father knowing it. And the very hairs of               2. No “rights” of negotiation/bargaining power
                 your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:29-30)             3. Punishment is set aside (wrong forgiven)
         2. God is on SCHEDULE                                            D. Principle of showing mercy is a God-like quality
         3. God has an ETERNAL PURPOSE                                       (Proverbs 11:17; Micah 6:8; Luke 6:36)
    E.   Trusting God relieves the pressure of performance;                    God blesses those who are merciful, for they will
         replaces it with the serenity of assurance                            be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
                                                                               1. God alone is the Righteous Judge
II. DAVID DID NOT SEEK REVENGE                                                     (Psalm 119:137-138)
    A. David was sorrowful over the death of King Saul                         2. His holiness cannot tolerate sin/evil
       “David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when                        (Romans 5:1-2; Hebrews 4:13-16)
         they heard the news. They mourned and wept and                        3. His initiative (love) provides forgiveness for all
         fasted all day for Saul…” (2 Samuel 1:11)                                 (Ephesians 2:1-9)
       David composed a funeral song for Saul—commanded                    E. Acts of mercy to others show gratitude to God
       all the people to learn it (2 Samuel 1:19-27)
    B. David wept over the death of Absalom                          CONCLUSION:
       “The king was overcome with emotion. He went up                  King David had both “opportunity and motive” to defend
         to his room and burst into tears…He cried, „O my            himself against those who would do him harm. But, both as
         son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I              the SUBORDINATE and the SUPERORDINATE, he chose to
         could have died instead of you…‟” (2 Samuel 19:33)          allow God to be his defense (Psalm 18:46-48).
    C. Revenge is hatred in action (Romans 12:17)                    1. God will take care of (avenge) His own children
       1. Speaking evil of another person (1 Peter 3:9)              2. God will judge (punish) those who harm His children
       2. Lying—unfounded rumors (Proverbs 18:8)                     3. Regardless of station in life (with little or much authority),
       3. Retaliation—payback for wrong is sinful                         the Child of God should not retaliate against those who
          (Leviticus 19:18; Proverbs 24:29; 1Thessalonains 5:15)          have wronged him/her.