2 Sam 16-19 David on the run.... Then wins back his kingdom
Sam 16:11-4 News of betrayal
Mephibosheth, son of David’s loyal friend Jonathan, was crippled as a child. David restored his inheritance, and welcomed him at the king’s table — the best of the best! Mephibosheth’s servant Ziba delivers to David bread, wine, and donkey’s while reporting that Mephibosheth is attempting a coup. In response, David gives all of Mephibosheth’s property to Ziba.
But wait. If Ziba is Mephibosheth’s servant, and Mephibosheth is attempting a coup, why is Ziba supplying David? If you agree that something is wrong with this picture, you’re right!
Jump ahead a bit to 2 Sam 19:24-30 we find that Ziba has betrayed Mephibosheth and was lying to David! He had told Ziba to get him a Donkey so that he could ride with David. Still, David believes that Mephibosheth did support Absalom because he allows Ziba to keep half of Mephibosheth’s property.
By the way — 200 loaves of bread on a donkey? These are small loafs, a bit larger than an English muffin.
2 Sam 16:5-14, 2 Sam 19:16-23.
Shimei of Saul’s family curses David, and throws rocks toward him. After the war is over, he is completely forgiven.
2 Sam 16:15 - 17:4
Ahithophel advises a fast strike that may have won the war quickly with little bloodshed! Hushai reminds Absalom of David’s skill in wilderness fighting, and advises a slower more cautious war. Notice that the LORD had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel. God is behind the scene, but in control!
2 Sam 18 explains the war. Amazingly, it ends with Absalom getting his head caught fast in a tree with his body hanging “between heaven and earth”.
2 Sam 19
Joab sees Absalom only as David’s enemy, not as David’s son. He kills David’s enemy, and doesn’t understand David’s sorrow.
Fr Jim Dubrouillet
on Thursday, May 21 at 6:45AM