Now Absalom was riding on his mule when he met the servants of David, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's head was caught fast in the tree. The mule under him kept going, so that he was suspended in midair.
2 Samuel 18:9-14. - (THE WOOD OF EPHRAIM.)2 Timothy 2:3), as it appears in -
I. HIS RESPECT FOR THE KING'S COMMANDMENT; which, unlike that of an earthly ruler, is always wise, just, and good.
1. He reverences the authority by which it is given, as rightful, all-powerful, supreme.
2. He regards it as obligatory on each and all to whom it is given (ver. 12).
3. He remembers it constantly in the absence as well as the presence of the King, from whom "there is no matter hid" (ver. 13).
4. He is resolved on performing it with all his might. "Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently" (Psalm 119:4, 11, 106).
II. HIS REJECTION OF STRONG TEMPTATION. He will not disobey the order received, though urged to do so by:
1. The impulse of resentment against the common enemy.
2. The plea of expediency, or what may seem to be for the common good.
3. The approval of a fellow soldier, or the sanction of any "captain" inferior to the King.
4. The promise of reward, certain, immediate, and great. "The Law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver" (Psalm 119:72, 31, 36).
III. HIS REBUKE OF ANOTHER'S PRESUMPTION. Joab must have felt himself reproved by this faithful and honest soldier; though he turned away contemptuously, recklessly, and presumptuously to do the deprecated deed. A dutiful soldier may and ought to rebuke the undutifulness of another by:
1. Reminding him of the word which has been spoken by the King.
2. Avowing his own determination to obey it in spite of all inducements to the contrary.
3. Predicting the certainty of the King's displeasure, which outweighs all present gain (Proverbs 16:14; Proverbs 19:12). "What is a man profited," etc.? "In the King's favour is life."
4. Intimating the unreliability of one who favours disobedience and presumes on impunity. "Thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me;" leaving me alone to bear the blame and suffer the penalty. "He must be a very bad man who is not attracted to what is good by the good example of his subordinates" (S. Schmid). "Then shall I not be ashamed when I have respect to all thy commandments" (Psalm 119:6, 29, 51, 53). - D.
Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom.
PeopleAbishai, Absalom, Ahimaaz, Cushi, David, Israelites, Ittai, Joab, Zadok, Zeruiah
PlacesKing's Valley, Mahanaim
TopicsAbsalom, Ab'salom, Absalom's, Across, Beast, Bough, Boughs, Branches, Caught, Chanced, David, David's, Entangled, Fast, Fixed, Got, Hanging, Heaven, Heavens, Hold, Kept, Large, Lifted, Meet, Meeteth, Met, Midair, Mule, Oak, Passed, Placed, Presence, Riding, Rode, Seated, Servants, Sky, Suspended, Taketh, Terebinth, Thick, Tree
Outline1. David viewing the armies in their march gives them charge of Absalom
6. The Israelites are sorely smitten in the wood of ephraim
9. Absalom, hanging in an oak is slain by Joab, and cast into a pit
18. Absalom's place
19. Ahimaaz and Cushi bring tidings to David
33. David mourns for Absalom
Dictionary of Bible Themes2 Samuel 18:9
LibraryThe Wail of a Broken Heart
'Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale; for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance; and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's Place. 19. Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the Lord hath avenged him of his enemies. 20. And Joab said unto him. Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day; but …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Church and the Young Man.
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