Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 15:2-4
"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.
And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.
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 him justice!
Absalom is just trouble. After reading this chapter and how he conspires against David, and caused him to flee Jerusalem, I went back to see how Absalom gained his supporters.
It was that little voice, that took those looking for judgment into his confidence. Boy, does he sound like a politician. Flattering words, and offering to solve all their problems. What I see is no humility at all. When a person is looking for judgment in a matter they already feel wronged. They were prime candidates. They were so open to hearing anyone that would bring them justice, or make things go in their perceived favor. I wondered how I could stop from listening to such a person. All I could think of is to make sure the spirit is with me, so I know when to walk away from such a man.
The other thing I pondered on was how Absalom said "Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel." Meaning he's a member of the church just like them. He is here to help them when the king (or prophet) is incapable of doing so. I think this also point to a lesson in the seeds of apostasy.