These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson 21 Day 4
9. David and his entourage escape Jerusalem.
Absalom went to Hebron to basically declare himself as king at the same place his father was crowned.
One of the planted messengers announced to David, Absalom has captured the loyalty of the people of Israel. 2 Samuel 15:13 VCE
David realized he, his family, and the city were in danger if they didn’t leave immediately.
David knew well that Absalom was a ruthless man who valued power over principle. He didn’t want the city of Jerusalem to become a battleground (strike the city with the edge of the sword), so he fled the city. David Guzik
David didn’t know what lay ahead for him and his supporters. He encouraged the foreigners to go back to their homeland rather than wander around with him.
10. David felt like Ahithophel had stabbed him in the back.
David, the mighty warrior-king, forced to flee first by Saul and now by his own son.
To add to the insult, his trusted friend and counselor betrays him.
11. O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call. Psalm 20:9 ESV
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 ESV
It’s amazing that a warrior like David didn’t fight to the death defending his God-given place as king of Israel. Yet, he reacted in humility when others cursed him to his face.
He trusts God as his true hero who will come to his rescue. He can sleep in peace knowing the Lord surrounds him like a shield.
David rested in God’s grace.
David wasn’t a perfect king, husband or father. Yet as horrifying as this situation was, he’s concerned about others and humbly trusts God for safety.
learning to trust
David left his luxurious palace barefoot, expecting to camp out on the run perhaps for years.
Despite my selfishness and failure, I can trust that God will never leave me either.