Absalom & Ahithophel


Absalom was a headstrong, much-loved son of David
He was one of the handsomest men in the land
His comeliness was matched by an ambition so avid
That he overthrew his father in a plot whose end was rapid

Perhaps the seeds of Absalom’s eventual ruin
Were planted by years of parental love and dotage
As Absalom’s crimes multiplied more grace was applied

Absalom had a beautiful sister called Tamar
Who was cruelly raped by her half-brother – Ammon
Absalom never forgave Ammon for harming her
And assassinated him after Ammon heeded his summon
To feast and celebrate his success in the grazing common


Absalom, like the surviving princes fled the scene of the murder
They returned to report to their father, he went beyond the border
Exile, beckoned for him, but not for too long
As David’s love for his deviant son was too strong
He found a ruse, a convenient excuse in the clever
Lobbying, of his military chief, Joab to restore the future crown-thief

The crown was Absalom’s aim, and to make the throne his own
Now restored to the king’s favour he began plotting for the bone

David’s court was the final arbiter on disputes and complaints
This vengeful Absalom became an exponent of peace and justice
He sat at the king’s gate and dispensed judgement
He intercepted litigants-for he said the king had no time for petty crime
Thus he was the heir whose care for populist welfare was apparent

His rulings were fuelled by conceit and filled with deceit
It mattered little-in the fickle hearts he looked a royal fit

After two years of incubation treason’s egg was ready
Absalom headed to Hebron’s hatchery for his coronation
False imitating true-for David was anointed there by God’s ordination
Even Israel’s wisest-Ahithophel joined to crown Israel’s finest-Absalom
Absalom’s gamble was a popular beast, it grew like surging yeast
Thousands were swayed by the trifecta of youth, talent and aggression

David facing such opposition and rejection had to flee his city
Lest he and loyalist faction be destroyed by military action
As he climbed Mount Olives barefooted, he wept
As he surveyed the city below, he saw a nation deceived
Led by men with with great intellect yet spiritually inept

Eight hundred years later, Christ faced the same matter
The son of David climbed mount Olives and wept for Israel’s rejection
He was their king, yet they preferred the signet and ring of usurpers
A painful rebellion from the children He loved the most
And His wisest subjects-Pharisee Ahithophels were against Him

David prayed that the wise counsel of Ahithophel will become foolishness
For Ahithophel on his day was like an oracle showing people the way
Absalom rejected Ahithophel’s advice to attack suddenly and decisively
While David’s loyalists were still reeling from the shock of the usurper’s preening
They dallied, David’s followers rallied and when they sallied, their end was pallid
The tactical experience of rested loyalists bested the fury of anarchists

So the wise that opposed the Son of David then and now are confounded
His kingdom will stand for it is not made with any human hand

Absalom perished, his vaunted hair caught in a tree, body swinging in the air
Ahithophel, the sage of the age, committed suicide aghast at regicide’s failure
Later Judas, Jesus’ confidant, would hang himself rather than be repentant

This tale of woe is a wonderful shadow of the future Kingdom of Christ
Yet it was the then-present recompense for David’ past offence
As his sword killed innocent Uriah to prevent adulterous attribution
So lusts of the flesh and power led his sons to their fatal delusions

The Son of David is the Word and He will be Lord over an eternal kingdom
Many of his subjects may be tempted to follow the lead of a brave, new creed
You may be tempted for a season-for the wisest will endorse it as superior reason
If so, you will do well to remember the sorry end of Absalom and Ahithophel


One thought on “Absalom & Ahithophel

  1. Leslie March 29, 2016 / 12:05 am

    Astounding! Simply Astounding!


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