Oct 12, 2018
Absalom had stolen the kingdom from his father and deemed himself king. But God had anointed David as the true king of Israel. Now, the conflict was going to come to a final and costly conclusion. Only one man would be standing when the battle was over. And, it doesn’t take a better man to guess that David would be the one sitting on the throne when the day was done. But, as we’ll see in 2 Samuel 18:1-18, his return to the throne would not be without cost. His son would die, along with 20,000 other Israelites. Innocent men would give their lives in a senseless and needless civil war that could be linked all the way back to David’s indiscretion with Bathsheba. And the very fact that his son had been around to lead a coup against him was David’s fault. He had brought all of this on himself. But God, ever faithful, had stepped in and cleaned up David’s mess, restoring him to the throne, but not without the great loss of life.