Today’s Reading: 2 SAMUEL 15:1-17:14
1. There is a lot of actual Wind: True, we did have windy days there. But, it is not the windiest city in the USA. I think Minneapolis, Minnesota is the wind capital of the USA.
2. Door to door salesmen: In the late 1800’s when Chicago was a fast growing city due to it being a key junction of many railroads to other parts of the USA, many salesmen came in and flew out of the city. They would come in, sell their junk and then catch the next train out of town. Their quick movements created a symbolic wind.
3. Politicians filled with hot air: This is the one that says that the Chicago politicians are always telling big stories and making bigger promises. They are just a bunch of guys filled with hot air. Chicago is famous for conniving, corrupt, machine politics. Did I mention that President Barrack Obama was originally a Chicago politician? 😉
I am not sure if any of these three possibilities are the real source of the term “The Windy City.” However, I do no know that today’s reading made think of my “Sweet Home Chicago.”
Is it possible that in today’s reading we find the first politician of history?
Today we read about the usurping of the throne of King David by his own son Abasalom. The same son that killed a man for raping his sister. The same son that we read about yesterday that sought David’s forgiveness and desired so much to be accepted by David once again in Jerusalem.
Today we read how Absalom works the people just like a politician to gain their favor. In 2 Samuel 15 we read that Absalom did the following:
- v. 1. He bought things to make him look important to the people (chariots and bodyguards).
- v. 2. he led the people to believe that they were missing out on something (judges)
- v. 3. he acted like he cared about their plight
- v. 4. he leads them to believe that he can solve their problems
- v. 5. he had false humility (refused to let people bow before him).
- v. 6. he stole the peoples hearts (not their minds)
- v. 7 – 10 he plotted and planned to take over
- v. 11. he lied and mislead people.
Unfortunately, the people fell for his plans. Even Mephibosheth fell for the trick. The whole time the people should not have succumbed to the evil plans of the usurper. Unfortunately, there is always someone who is trying to lie to us and confuse us about God’s chosen plan.
I Peter 5:7 – 8 (NIV)
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
The good news for us is this, even if we do run into corrupt crooked politicians, God is still God even over them.
Job 12:16 – 17 (NIV)
To him belong strength and victory; both deceived and deceiver are his. He leads counselors away stripped and makes fools of judges.