The story of Absalom is
found in 2 Sam. 15. Absalom was one of Davids sons. Absalom was a discontented
son who lacked for nothing, yet wanted more and more, and was never satisfied.
Absalom lacked truth
within his own soul, and as such, was not hesitant to turn against even his own
father, David the king.
If Absalom lived today,
he would be categorized as a very liberal politician and a rebel to boot. He
complained about the government, and complained about how bad life was for
Then here is his
objective. By complaining to everyone, he won the hearts and following of a few
to begin with, and then he won the following of more and more people as time
His method and promise, If
you will make me the judge, then there will be justice for everyone.
Absalom was a deceiver.
He had his own agenda, and that was to become king. He made promises that
everyone wanted to hear, but that he could not and had no intention to,
deliver. He was going to take over the government and then take over every aspect
of people’s lives, and then make life perfect for everyone.
Does this remind you of
anything or anyone in our current day?
The world typically lacks
doctrine, because the world ignores doctrine. And when a world lacks and is
indifferent toward truth, then it will follow anything and anyone who makes
promises that appeal to the sin nature.
The sin nature wants
something for nothing; Wants blame to be placed on someone else; Wants no
responsibility for self; Wants someone else to pay; Hates, in varying degrees, all
aspects of divine establishment.
And though this psalm is
speaking from David toward all those who are against him, it illustrates the
nature of people and how they increase in numbers against truth, and therefore
against God, and by association, against believers who are positive toward
doctrine and advancing in their spiritual lives.
Truth brings prosperity
and happiness and stability into ones life.
Lies bring a false sense
of reality into ones mind, making good things out to be bad, and replacing good
with bad, then making it seem that the bad is really good.
Absalom was a deceiver.
He used the ignorance of people to deceive them.
Ignorant people are not
completely innocent, because they want the promises of deception, knowing full
well that they are not legitimate.
When the numbers grow,
then trouble grows and when trouble grows then rebellion is not far off.
Rebellion against truth
always ends in disaster for everyone.