Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Samuel 18:1–18
In 2 Samuel 18, the conflict between Absalom and David comes to a head. We might expect to see a detailed account of an epic battle between their forces. But if that is our expectation, we are disappointed. The Biblical writers spends very little time on the battle itself, only two verses out of the first 18 in the chapter. What is it, then, that the writer wants us to see? When we read the Bible, we must remember that it is not an account of all the things we would find interesting, but rather an account of all that the Lord has given us for our instruction. We see the Lord preserving David, His anointed, and his kingdom. And we see Absalom come to a shameful end. This is a story about the preparation for a battle, a battle, and the aftermath of the battle, but more than that, it is a reminder that God finishes what He starts. That is a truth found in “Absalom’s Death” (2 Samuel 18:1-18).
I. Preparation for Battle
II. Victory in Battle
III. Aftermath of the Battle