Summary: This sermon is about delivering the full message of the Bible, not just what people want to hear!
The Message of Ahimaaz Lives On Today
19Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Let me run now and take the news to the king, how the LORD has avenged him of his enemies."
20And Joab said to him, "You shall not take the news this day, for you shall take the news another day. But today you shall take no news, because the king's son is dead."
21Then Joab said to the Cushite, "Go, tell the king what you have seen." So the Cushite bowed himself to Joab and ran.
22And Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said again to Joab, "But whatever happens, please let me also run after the Cushite." So Joab said, "Why will you run, my son, since you have no news ready?"
23"But whatever happens," he said, "let me run." So he said to him, "Run." Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain, and outran the Cushite.
24Now David was sitting between the two gates. And the watchman went up to the roof over the gate, to the wall, lifted his eyes and looked, and there was a man, running alone.
25Then the watchman cried out and told the king. And the king said, "If he is alone, there is news in his mouth." And he came rapidly and drew near.
26Then the watchman saw another man running, and the watchman called to the gatekeeper and said, "There is another man, running alone!" And the king said, "He also brings news."
27So the watchman said, "I think the running of the first is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok." And the king said, "He is a good man, and comes with good news."
28And Ahimaaz called out and said to the king, "All is well!" Then he bowed down with his face to the earth before the king, and said, "Blessed be the LORD your God, who has delivered up the men who raised their hand against my lord the king!"
29The king said, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" Ahimaaz answered, "When Joab sent the king's servant and me your servant, I saw a great tumult, but I did not know what it was about."
30And the king said, "Turn aside and stand here." So he turned aside and stood still.
31Just then the Cushite came, and the Cushite said, "There is good news, my lord the king! For the LORD has avenged you this day of all those who rose against you."
32And the king said to the Cushite, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" So the Cushite answered, "May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise against you to do harm, be like that young man!"
33Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: "O my son Absalom--my son, my son Absalom--if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!"
We resume our examination of the Life of David.
Though the Bible describes him as "a man after God's own heart"
we've seen David suffer many consequences for his sins.
The story today comes a long time
after his sin of adultery with Bathsheba
and the arrangement of her husband's death.
It's conceivable that many people in Israel
were aware of what David had done.
While he was growing up, Absalom must have heard the gossip.
We know Absalom was angry with David
because David did nothing when Absalom's sister was raped.
There must have been a growing disrespect for his father
which eventually led to rebellion
and an attempt to put his father out of power
and gain the throne of Israel for himself.
Absalom almost succeeded.
He did manage to win the hearts of many people.
He did succeed in chasing David out of Jerusalem
and taking over the palace.
He assembled a large army.
He set out to find and destroy his father.
However, many people had aligned themselves with David
when he fled the Holy City.
David's army was led by the talented general Joab.
David's troops met those of Absalom in the woods of Ephraim.
David did not go out to the battle.
His advisors promised they would send him immediate word
when the battle was over.
Absalom's army is defeated and Absalom is killed.
David is sitting in some city gate away from the battle.
He waits for news of the battle.
19 Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, "Let me run now and take the news to the king, how the LORD has avenged him of his enemies." 20 And Joab said to him, "You shall not take the news this day, for you shall take the news another day. But today you shall take no news, because the king's son is dead."