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Summary: This sermon deals with religious acting people and how we should be careful.

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Be Careful With Religious Acting People

2 Samuel 15:7-17

7 Now it came to pass after forty years that Absalom said to the king, "Please, let me go to Hebron and pay the vow which I made to the Lord.

8 For your servant took a vow while I dwelt at Geshur in Syria, saying, 'If the Lord indeed brings me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord.'"

9 And the king said to him, "Go in peace." So he arose and went to Hebron.

10 Then Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, 'Absalom reigns in Hebron!'"

11 And with Absalom went two hundred men invited from Jerusalem, and they went along innocently and did not know anything.

12 Then Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city--from Giloh--while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy grew strong, for the people with Absalom continually increased in number.

13 Now a messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom."

14 So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, "Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword."

15 And the king's servants said to the king, "We are your servants, ready to do whatever my lord the king commands."

16 Then the king went out with all his household after him. But the king left ten women, concubines, to keep the house.

17 And the king went out with all the people after him, and stopped at the outskirts.

We continue to examine the Life of King David.

Last week we saw Absalom begin the process

of stealing the hearts of the people of David's kingdom.

He wants to take his father's throne.

Now Absalom is ready to make his move!

Back then, if you had the men in the family on your side

then you had the whole family in your corner.

How long did it take for Absalom to do that?

7 Now it came to pass after forty years that Absalom said to the king, "Please, let me go to Hebron and pay the vow which I made to the Lord.

That 40 years is a source of controversy.

Obviously Absalom didn't spend 40 years

trying to win the hearts of the people.

Jewish historian Josephus writes that this should say "4 years".

However, 1 Samuel chapter 16 tells

when David was anointed king by Samuel.

That would have been about 1030 B.C.

So I believe this 40 years refers back to David's anointing.

Either way, Absalom is ready to strike.

However, King David seems to be unaware

of what Absalom has been doing.

Deuteronomy23:21 says: "When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you.

If Absalom has made a vow to the Lord,

David will want Absalom to keep that vow.

What was that vow?

8 For your servant took a vow while I dwelt at Geshur in Syria, saying, 'If the Lord indeed brings me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord.'" 9 And the king said to him, "Go in peace." So he arose and went to Hebron.


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