Daily D – 2 Samuel 18:18
2 Samuel 18:18 During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.
I wonder what Absalom’s relationship with Solomon was like? Proverbs 27:2 sounds like it may have been written in memory of Absalom. Check it out:
Absalom raised a monument to himself. Joab and his men raised a monument of stone over his dead body.
Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.
2 Samuel 18:17 NIV
It appears Absalom set up his monument early in his life. He says, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name,” but 2 Samuel 14:27 says, “Three sons and a daughter were born to Absalom.” Either he set up the monument early in his life or he didn’t feel like his sons measured up to his personal majesty.
From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him.
Whenever he cut the hair of his head—he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him—he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels by the royal standard.
2 Samuel 14:25-26 NIV
His narcissism was his undoing. Read 2 Samuel 17:1-14 and see the problem. Ahithophel offered sound strategy. Hushai offered contrary advice playing to Absalom’s vanity. Absalom determined he would follow his own star.
Absalom’s story ends in a tale of two monuments. There is the monument he set up to himself, and there is the monument others set up over his dead body.
Absalom allowed his unearned characteristics to take him places he did not have the character to occupy. He followed his desire for greatness to his own demise.
Here is wisdom: Don’t be Absalom.
I will think about myself less.
Our Father, thank you for the life lessons of Absalom. There is nothing good about me that did not originate with you. I may be better than ten thousand others in something, but ten thousand others are better than me in ten thousand other things. Deliver me from the desire to be celebrated. Empower me to celebrate others instead. As Count von Zinzendorf said, I want to “Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.” It’s all about you, your mercy, and your grace. Like John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “More Jesus; less me.” Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”