2 Samuel 15 covers David being betrayed by Absalom. He fled Jerusalem, and passed over the brook Kidron to take refuge in the wilderness. David’s actions parallel and foreshadow that of Jesus, as Jesus also had a great conspiracy rise against him. The only place the brook Kidron is mentioned in the NT is in John 18:1:
John 18:1 ¶ When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.
The spelling is different, but the place is the same. The timing is just as Judas is conspiring against Jesus, just as Absalom conspired against David.
I. David’s Trial (1-2)
A. Surprise of betrayal
i. “How are they increased…” ii. “many are they that rise up” - Enemies multiplied 2Sam. 15:12 ...And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.
B. Sting of betrayal
2Sam. 15:11 And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they knew not any thing.
C. Strength of the betrayal
2 Sam 15:12 …. And the conspiracy was strong…
i. People say the most outlandish crazy things!
Psa. 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
ii. People lie, slander, misrepresent… it is absolutely crazy. Be careful about the things you hear!
II. David’s Trust (3-4)
A. Assurance in God! (3)
i. David had history with God!
Psa. 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Psa. 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
ii. David reminded himself of God
B. Appeal to God (4)
i. David knew there was hope in God! ii. David made an appeal to God, his only hope.
III. David’s Triumph (5-8)
A. Vision (5-6)
i. When you get focused on God… there is a calming affect on your life! ii. Rest -
Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
B. Victory (7-8)
i. 7 “hast smitten all mine enemies” – past victories ii. 8 “Salvation belongeth unto the LORD”
iii. “Thy blessing is upon thy people.” - This should cause fear to the heathen!
A. Don’t be discouraged by your trials
B. Trust in the LORD!
C. Triumph in God
2Cor. 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.