Absalom was somewhat restored before the king/throne.
Watch what he does now…
2 Sa 15:1-6
Now it came about after this that Absalom provided for himself a chariot and horses and fifty men as runners before him.
Absalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate;
and when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment,
Absalom would call to him and say, “From what city are you?”
And he would say, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”
Then Absalom would say to him,
“See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.”
Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.”
And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him,
he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him.
In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment;
so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
Remember, Absalom was extremely handsome.
He was winsome.
He was also very shrewd.
You saw what he did.
He stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.
Stolen from who?
How did he do this?
He provided for himself an entourage of chariot, horses and men runners.
Quite the spectacle and display.
He worked hard at his subterfuge.
He arose early.
He stood by the city gate…meeting place.
When someone had a problem that they wanted to present to the king, then Absalom would jump in and offer to help.
He would agree with the complainants claim.
He would offer to mediate with the king.
Absalom would eagerly receive the adoration and thanks of the people.
He did this with all who came to the king for judgment.
He stole the peoples hearts.
To what purpose?
The kingdom of course.
He desired to be king.
He did not want to wait and see.
He wanted the throne now.
This will get ugly.
It always does when we seek to do things in our own flesh and volition.
We continue with the Absalom account…
2 Sa 14:28-33
Now Absalom lived two full years in Jerusalem, and did not see the king’s face.
Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him.
So he sent again a second time, but he would not come.
Therefore he said to his servants,
“See, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there;
go and set it on fire.”
So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.
Then Joab arose, came to Absalom at his house and said to him,
“Why have your servants set my field on fire?”
Absalom answered Joab,
“Behold, I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to say,
“Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me still to be there.”’
Now therefore, let me see the king’s face, and if there is iniquity in me, let him put me to death.”
So when Joab came to the king and told him, he called for Absalom. Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.
Absalom was home in Jerusalem, yet the king refused to see him.
The king, David, refused to see his own son…for two years.
Absalom sent for Joab.
He desired to send Joab before the king to inquire as to the situation.
Joab refused to come to Absalom.
Absalom decided to force Joab’s hand.
Absalom set fire to Joab’s barley field!
That did it.
Joab came to ask why he had done so.
Absalom told him.
So Joab told the king.
The king called for Absalom.
Absalom approached the king…prostrating himself on his face.
The king kissed Absalom.
Ah…all is well…
Or is it?
Absalom was home in Jerusalem.
He was home in his house.
Yet, King David, his father, would not see him.
Then, the Word gives some curious, interesting personal detail about Absalom…
2 Sa 14:25-27
Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised;
from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him.
When he cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut it, for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king’s weight.
To Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter whose name was Tamar;
she was a woman of beautiful appearance.
Absalom was more handsome than anyone else in Israel.
He was praised for his appearance.
Handsome from head to foot.
There was no physical defect in him.
His hair was the talk of people.
He cut it once a year…at the end of the year.
He cut it for it was heavy, apparently five pounds!
Absalom had a family.
Three unnamed sons.
One daughter named Tamar, after Absalom’s sister?
Tamar was beautiful.
Why all the detail?
Some will be important to the account of David’s family as we continue.
Other points just emphasize that their family was as families are today.
A beautiful family.
The King’s son…heir?
What more could one want?
To see the King?
To be the King?
“Let Him Not See My Face”
Absalom was allowed to return, with a caveat.
2 Sa 14:23-24
So Joab arose and went to Geshur and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
However the king said, “Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face.”
So Absalom turned to his own house and did not see the king’s face.
David longed to see Absalom.
David wanted Absalom “back home”.
He now was.
Yet, David refused to see him face-to-face.
I suspect it has to do with continued punishment.
Absalom had usurped the king’s authority in have Amnon killed.
Any other man would have likely be executed by the command of the King.
David was “putting Absalom in his place”.
Such needs to be handled judiciously…problems could arise.
They will soon.
Be certain that all that we do is the desire and mind of the Lord.