Posted: January 9, 2016 in When the Wolf Howls
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Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 26

It had been a relief for King David to have built a great house of cedar for his family to live in. After living for so many years as a fugitive from king Saul, living in deserts and caves and with the constant threat of death, it was a place where he could build new memories of security and comfort with his family. He had achieved so much in the service of God after so many struggles with his enemies and they had not managed to destroy him. Because he was a man of God, God had given him opportunity to enjoy some of His rich blessings.

David could not have known then that there was an enemy being raised up in his own household, a young lone wolf learning to track down its prey. Using the instincts of bitterness to remain concealed, this was an enemy that David would never have suspected. He lazed in the shadows of the balcony, away from the direct sun. A breeze blew through his hair and he was almost asleep.

At this stage in his life, Absalom lived in the luxury of his father’s cedar house. He did not have to struggle constantly for his life as his father had done. His was a life of relative ease in the kingdom, growing up in a house which was the fruit of his father’s righteousness.

When David talked over the idea of building a Temple for the Lord with Nathan the prophet, Nathan had no objections. He knew that God had His hand on everything that this king seemed to do.

That night, however, Nathan had a dream. The dream was very specific. David was not to build a temple for the Lord. This would be the task of the heir to his throne.

“You want to make a house for the Lord,” Nathan said to David, “but the Lord wants to make a household for you. He is not concerned about a building for Himself. He is more concerned about building a kingdom from your line.

God is saying to you, ‘I taught My people Israel to trust Me in the wilderness by making My presence known to them in the tent called the Tabernacle. I chose a tent for a dwelling place, not a cedar house. I exercised My rulership from the most humble of places, providing a model of how My people must walk in humility before Me. I did not choose a man of nobility from the aristocracy of Israel to be a king, but I chose you when you were a shepherd boy so that you would know what it means to shepherd My people.’ ”

Nathan the prophet spoke to David about a son that day, “The Lord God says that when the number of days in your life are completed, He will raise up your son, and establish his kingdom forever.”

But God did not reveal at this stage which son would be heir to the throne. It was anyone’s guess. He revealed only enough for one part of His plan to unfold at a time.

Absalom and the rest of the family were present that day as Nathan spoke the words that God had given to David. Absalom could not have known one way or another whether he was included in the promise that God had made to his father, but as the words of this prophecy were repeated through his growing up years, he was convinced that the heir to the throne could be none other than himself.

There was no doubt in Absalom’s mind that he would eventually sit on the throne of his father. He was the one whose throne would be established forever. His heart was filled with visions of grandeur as he applied all that Nathan had said to be very specific words about himself.


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