Deposed - Explore the Bible for July 22, 2018
Explore the Bible
July 22, 2018
2 Samuel 15:10-16, 24-30
In the 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can,” Leonardo DiCaprio starred as Frank Abagnale Jr., one of the slickest con-men in American history.
Abagnale’s first “con,” at age 15, took advantage of his father who had provided him a vehicle and a credit card for purchasing gas. Abagnale devised a plan in which he charged automotive products to the card, only to return them for cash refunds.
Abagnale eventually, between the ages of 17 and 21, would adopt eight different identities which he used to infiltrate numerous careers and con people out of money across the country. After being caught and serving prison time in France, Sweden and the United States, Abagnale began working for the FBI and started a financial fraud consultancy business. Abagnale’s wikipedia.com page describes him as “one of the most famous impostors ever.”
More than 2,000 years before Abagnale was impersonating professionals in America, there was a biblical character who could be placed on the list of greatest imposters; his name was Absalom.
In 2 Samuel 15, we read that during the reign of King David, Absalom, David’s third son, acted in a similar fashion to Abagnale when he “stole the hearts of the men of Israel,” convincing them that he was their king (2 Sam. 15:6).
Four years after he first began infiltrating David’s throne, Absalom sent “agents” throughout the tribes of Israel, who continued to trick the people into believing Absalom was their new king. Absalom’s followers grew, eventually including David’s adviser Ahithophel, and David was forced to flee his palace in fear, weeping as he retreated to the summit of the Mount of Olives “where he used to worship God” (2 Sam. 15:32).
Absalom’s cons dishonored God. Believers should seek to follow God’s will instead of their selfish ambitions.