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2nd Samuel – Absalom the Antithesis: Stealing Power and Chasing Glory

Our sermon is entitled Absalom the Antithesis: Stealing Power and Chasing Glory. It is taken from 2 Samuel 15:1-12. We will examine Absalom’s wicked scheme to revolt against his father, King David, in a bid to take the throne before it is his to take. Absalom is a man of vanity and ego, and it will cause all manner of trouble to the house of David. He echoes our own politician’s practices and sometimes even our own hearts as we strive for glory and self-honor. Our sermon points are:
  1. Power and Pride
  2. Political Deception
  3. Putting Pieces Into Place
  4. Absalom the Antithesis
Public reading:Luke 22:24-27; Benediction:Psalm 29:11

2 Samuel 15:1-12

15:1 After this Absalom got himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men to run before him. And Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way of the gate. And when any man had a dispute to come before the king for judgment, Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?” And when he said, “Your servant is of such and such a tribe in Israel,” Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but there is no man designated by the king to hear you.” Then Absalom would say, “Oh that I were judge in the land! Then every man with a dispute or cause might come to me, and I would give him justice.” And whenever a man came near to pay homage to him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. Thus Absalom did to all of Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

And at the end of four years Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go and pay my vow, which I have vowed to the Lord, in Hebron. For your servant vowed a vow while I lived at Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If the Lord will indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will offer worship to the Lord.’” The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he arose and went to Hebron. 10 But Absalom sent secret messengers throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then say, ‘Absalom is king at Hebron!’” 11 With Absalom went two hundred men from Jerusalem who were invited guests, and they went in their innocence and knew nothing. 12 And while Absalom was offering the sacrifices, he sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh. And the conspiracy grew strong, and the people with Absalom kept increasing. (ESV)

Luke 22:24-27

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. (ESV)

Psalm 29:11

11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace! (ESV)