David had to flee from his own son

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.26.2016 Old Testament: 2Sa 15.23–24

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 15–16 on April 26, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Absalom killed his brother Amnon and fled. Eventually Absalom and his father David, worked things out. However, Absalom added to his sin by then rebelling against David and stealing the kingdom from him, and so he had to flee from his own son,

And all the country wept with a loud voice, and all the people crossed over. The king himself also crossed over the Brook Kidron, and all the people crossed over toward the way of the wilderness. There was Zadok also, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar went up until all the people had finished crossing over from the city (2 Samuel 15.23–24).

No doubt David could have gathered together his army and fought his son and those who sided with him. But why would a father want to fight his son in battle? David knew that the Lord would take care of the situation, and He did.


  • How have you handled family conflict?
  • Do you seek reconciliation or just grow in bitterness?

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