SH'MU'EL BET (2 Samuel) Chapter 15

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Samech – Divne presence and support; stands for Holy of Holies of the Temple.

Sh’mu’el Bet 15:1-6 Now it came about after this that Avshalom provided for himself a chariot and horses, and fifty men as runners before him. And Avshalom used to rise early and stand beside the way to the gate; and it happened that when any man had a suit to come to the king for judgment, Avshalom would call to him and say, "From what city are you?" And he would say, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel." Then Avshalom would say to him, "See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king." Moreover, Avshalom would say, "Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me, and I would give him justice." And it happened that when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. And in this manner Avshalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Avshalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.

Avshalom provided for himself a chariot and horses – this was a sign of his being reinstated into the royal family.

What a politician! Avshalom knew the words to say to win the peoples hearts. Was he really interested in getting them justice or was he power hungry and using them to gain the throne of Israel?

Sh’mu’el Bet 15:7-10 Now it came about at the end of forty years that Avshalom said to the king, "Please let me go and pay my vow which I have vowed to the L-RD, in Hebron. For your servant vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying, 'If the L-RD shall indeed bring me back to Yerushalayim, then I will serve the L-RD.'" And the king said to him, "Go in peace." So he arose and went to Hebron. But Avshalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, 'Avshalom is king in Hebron.'"

t the end of forty years – it is believed that this should have been translated 4 years.

Avshalom showed no respect for his father on earth and showed no respect for his father above. His heavenly father had anointed David and made him king.

Sh’mu’el Bet 15:11-16 Then two hundred men went with Avshalom from Yerushalayim, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything. And Avshalom sent for Achitofel the Gilonite, David's counselor, from his city Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Avshalom. Then a messenger came to David, saying, "The hearts of the men of Israel are with Avshalom." And David said to all his servants who were with him at Yerushalayim, "Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us shall escape from Avshalom. Go in haste, lest he overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword." Then the king's servants said to the king, "Look, your servants are ready to do whatever my lord the king chooses." So the king went out and all his household with him. But the king left ten concubines to keep the house.

The house is left desolate.

Sh’mu’el Bet 15:17 And the king went out and all the people with him, and they stopped at the last house. Now all his servants passed on beside him, all the K’reti, all the P’leti, and all the Gitti, six hundred men who had come with him from Gat, passed on before the king. Then the king said to Ittai the Gitti, "Why will you also go with us? Return and remain with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile; return to your own place. You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander with us, while I go where I will? Return and take back your brothers; mercy and truth be with you." But Ittai answered the king and said, "As the L-RD lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely wherever my lord the king may be, whether for death or for life, there also your servant will be." Therefore David said to Ittai, "Go and pass over." So Ittai the Gitti passed over with all his men and all the little ones who were with him. While all the country was weeping with a loud voice, all the people passed over. The king also passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness. Now look, Tzadok also came, and all the Levites with him carrying the ark of the covenant of G-d. And they set down the ark of G-d, and Evyatar came up until all the people had finished passing from the city. And the king said to Tzadok, "Return the ark of G-d to the city. (Holy of Holies)If I find favor in the sight of the L-RD, then He will bring me back again, and show me both it and His habitation. But if He should say thus, 'I have no delight in you,' look, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him." The king said also to Tzadok the priest, "Are you not a seer? Return to the city in peace and your two sons with you, your son Achima’atz and Y’honatan the son of Evyatar. See, I am going to wait at the fords of the wilderness until word comes from you to inform me." Therefore Tzadok and Evyatar returned the ark of G-d to Yerushalayim and remained there. And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot. Then all the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went.

His sons and all the people had turned there back on David. The people had rejected Yeshua too.

Mattityahu (Matthew) 23:37-39 "O Yerushalayim, Yerushalayim, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. "Look, your house is being left to you desolate! "For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, ' Blessed is He who comes in the name of the L-rd !'"

Sh’mu’el Bet 15:31-37 Now someone told David, saying, "Achitofel is among the conspirators with Avshalom." And David said, "O L-RD, I pray, make the counsel of Achitofel foolishness." It happened as David was coming to the summit, where G-d was worshiped, that look, Hushai the Arki met him with his coat torn, and dust on his head. And David said to him, "If you pass over with me, then you will be a burden to me. But if you return to the city, and say to Avshalom, 'I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant in time past, so I will now be your servant,' then you can thwart the counsel of Achitofel for me. And are not Tzadok and Evyatar the priests with you there? So it shall be that whatever you hear from the king's house, you shall report to Tzadok and Evyatar the priests. Look their two sons are with them there, Achima’atz, Tzadok's son and Y’honatan, Evyatar's son; and by them you shall send me everything that you hear." So Hushai, David's friend, came into the city, and Avshalom came into Yerushalayim.

So Hushai will act as a spy for David and also offer bad advice to Avshalom. The priests will act as messengers between Hushai and David.