Gospel Baptist Tabernacle
781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741
Where the Love of God
abounds, everyone is
Children’s Church taught
by Paul and Marsha Davis
June 30, 2013
2 Samuel 15 1 And it came
to pass after this, that
Absalom prepared him
chariots and horses, and
fifty men to run before him.
To make himself appear
He put on a big show!
Those who put on a big
show are seldom sincere.
2 And Absalom rose up early,
and stood beside the way of
the gate: and it was so, that
when any man that had a
controversy came to the king
for judgment, then Absalom
called unto him, and said, Of
what city art thou? And he
said, Thy servant is of one of
the tribes of Israel.
He would intercept
them on their way to
King David and
pretend to be helpful.
3 And Absalom said unto
him, See, thy matters are
good and right; but there is
no man deputed of the king
to hear thee. 4 Absalom said
moreover, Oh that I were
made judge in the land, that
every man which hath any
suit or cause might come
unto me, and I would do
He lied and said that
David was too busy
for them, and had
not even appointed
anyone to hear them.
5 And it was so, that when
any man came nigh to him
to do him obeisance, he put
forth his hand, and took
him, and kissed him. 6 And
on this manner did Absalom
to all Israel that came to the
king for judgment: so
Absalom stole the hearts of
the men of Israel.
7 And it came to pass after forty years, that
Absalom said unto the king, I pray thee, let me go
and pay my vow, which I have vowed unto the
LORD, in Hebron. 8 For thy servant vowed a vow
while I abode at Geshur in Syria, saying, If the
LORD shall bring me again indeed to Jerusalem,
then I will serve the LORD.
Some translations say four years.
Another meaning might be forty years from David’s
first inauguration as king.
9 And the king said unto
him, Go in peace.* So he
arose, and went to
Hebron. 10 But Absalom
sent spies* throughout
all the tribes of Israel,
saying, As soon as ye
hear the sound of the
trumpet, then ye shall
say, Absalom reigneth in
Decent people are
easy to fool; they want
to believe the best of
those they love.
11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of
Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their
simplicity, and they knew not anything. 12 And
Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's
counselor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he
offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong;
for the people increased continually with Absalom.
He is gaining followers to help in the revolution.
13 And there came a messenger
to David, saying, The hearts of
the men of Israel are after
Absalom. 14 And David said
unto all his servants that were
with him at Jerusalem, Arise,
and let us flee*; for we shall not
else escape from Absalom: make
speed to depart, lest he overtake
us suddenly, and bring evil upon
us, and smite the city with the
edge of the sword.
15 And the king's servants said unto the king,
Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever
my lord the king shall appoint. 16 And the king
went forth, and all his household after him. And the
king left ten women, which were concubines, to
keep the house.
If David had stayed in Jerusalem to fight
Absalom, they were ready.
If he was determined to go into exile –
with David they would go.
We need to be and stay ready to do whatsoever
our Lord, King Jesus would have us to do.
Ready to believe and accept
God’s good and perfect Will.
Ready to die and go to be with our Lord.
Ready to live and fight the battle.
Even when we don’t understand.
17 And the king went forth, and all the people after
him, and tarried in a place that was far off. 18 And
all his servants passed on beside him; and all the
Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the
Gittites, six hundred men which came after him
from Gath, passed on before the king.
David has his personal troops
who are mighty warriors, but
they are not many
compared to Absalom.
David wrote this Psalm as he fled from Absalom.
Psalm 3 1 LORD, how are they increased that
trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no
help for him in God. Selah.
David had made mistakes, and he knew it.
But he loves the Lord God, and still has
his trust in Him.
Never mind the naysayers.
When they say there is no hope, God is just
getting ready to move.
Psalm 3:3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my
glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto
the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of
His Holy Hill. Selah. 5 I laid me down and slept; I
awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
David knew from experience as well as faith
that God was His Protector;
God had raised him up before and could do it again.
He slept well and woke up refreshed.
That’s faith in time of trouble.
Psalm 3:6-8 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of
people, that have set themselves against me round
about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for
thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek
bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation (deliverance; victory) belongeth unto the
LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people. Selah.
David didn’t leave Jerusalem because he was
scared of Absalom and his armies.
The Lord would fight his battles as He always had.
Too many Christians in time of
trouble turn away from the Lord.
A time of trouble is a time to worship!
David wrote a song of praise unto God.
Lots of people thought God had forsaken him.
But David knew that the Lord was with him.
He would be back.
Devils are fighting
churches all over
We must not stoop
at standing time.
The Lord is the lifter up of our heads.
We can stand tall and walk straight.
James 5 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray.
Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
It’s always time to
commune with our Lord.
Either in prayer and
Or in songs of praise.
We can be a light on the hill showing
the way to the Lord, Jesus Christ.