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.