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Since returning from captivity Israel is just sorting out who lives where under the original division of the Holy lands.  Perhaps heritage is confused by now, because they cast lots to decide who lives where.  Jerusalem and the outlying cities will be populated again.

And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities.  And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.  Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon’s servants.  And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez;  And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Colhozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.  Nehemiah 11:1-5

Ninety percent were to live in the outlying cities, and one tenth in Jerusalem.  The priesthood and servants of the kings were going to Jerusalem for their service.  Others join them.

All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem were four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.  And these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah.  And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.  And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer: and Judah the son of Senuah was second over the city.  Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin.  Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of the house of God.  And their brethren that did the work of the house were eight hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiah.  And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,  And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of the great men.  Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni; And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.  And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.  All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore and four.  Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that kept the gates, were an hundred seventy and two.  And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance. Nehemiah 11:6-20

So those lived in Jerusalem, and the rest lived in the cities of Judah according to their inheritance.  For most the families are known to belong to an inheritance, so some records were intact after the captivity.

But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa were over the Nethinims.  The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of the house of God.  For it was the king’s commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.  And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the king’s hand in all matters concerning the people.  And for the villages, with their fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjatharba, and in the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and in the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and in the villages thereof, And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Bethphelet,  And at Hazarshual, and at Beersheba, and in the villages thereof,  And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof,  And at Enrimmon, and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,  Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, and in the villages thereof. And they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom. The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and in their villages.  And at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,  Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,  Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,  Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.  And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin. Nehemiah 11:21-36

Israel is getting settled in, and returning to comfort in their homes again.  Order is restored to their home and religious lives.  God has restored them, and they are able to observe his feasts and holy days in peace.  How good it is to live in the house of the Lord, knowing the order and peace he gives.



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After the Ethiopian threat the prophet Azariah comes to king Asa of Judah with news from God. 

And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.  Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.  But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.  2 Chronicles 15:1-4

Repentance has served Judah well, in times when no other nations have peace.  But God speaks to them encouragement that fans the flames of faith.

And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.  And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.  Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.  And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.  And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.  2 Chronicles 15:5-9

Many of the tribes of Israel now are coming to Judah because they see that God is with king Asa.  They come to serve God humbly and willingly.  No one who will not serve God is allowed to live with them. 

So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.  And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.  And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;  That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.  And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.  And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.  2 Chronicles 15:10-15

King Asa will not even allow his own mother to serve the darkness. 

And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.  But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.  And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.  And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.  2 Chronicles 15:16-19

While some high places were left where sacrifices were not done in the temple per the law, most error was gone from Judah now.  In these years Judah and king Asa are rewarded with peace for thirty five years.  Godly leadership can inspire prosperity and peace for an entire nation.  Will we find this in our own generation?


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More family histories.  Yesterday I worked, slept and dreamed.  I dreamed about breakfast with my family.  I had a slice of toast, warm and buttered.  My late wife is gone now, but the taste of that toast was here with me again this morning when I awakened.  My wife is with the Lord, but he lets her visit in my dreams.  Butter is gone from my diet, but she is not.  The testimony of a Christian woman is forever. 

We are the bride of Christ, and we can serve others as a good wife does.  The men and women of Israel are the bride who will be remembered by her husband while we are separated.  Let your testimony join these of Israel as the bride our Messiah can dream of.  We may be reunited this year in Jerusalem!

Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.  For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s:)  The sons, I say, of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were, Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.  The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,  Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son,  Beerah his son, whom Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites.  And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,  And Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baalmeon:  And eastward he inhabited unto the entering in of the wilderness from the river Euphrates: because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead.   1 Chronicles 5:1-9

Birthright and sibling rivalry.  Do you remember the noise of children fighting in the house?  Treasure the memory of all that strife and noise; it will go away soon enough.  The tribe of Judah gave us the Lion of Judah, so that birthright claim is undisputed now.  Children and grandchildren will witness the passing of time, but Messiah is the same forever. 

And in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites, who fell by their hand: and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Gilead.  And the children of Gad dwelt over against them, in the land of Bashan unto Salcah:  Joel the chief, and Shapham the next, and Jaanai, and Shaphat in Bashan.  And their brethren of the house of their fathers were, Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jachan, and Zia, and Heber, seven.  These are the children of Abihail the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;  Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of the house of their fathers.  And they dwelt in Gilead in Bashan, and in her towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, upon their borders.  All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.  1 Chronicles 5:10-17

Wars and rumors of wars persist today.  Even as US troops are leaving Iraq and Afghanistan, they are quietly being repositioned in Jordan, adjacent to Israel against the threats from Syria, Iran, and Pakistan.

The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.  And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab.  And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.  And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.  For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.  1 Chronicles 5:18-22

May our own people remember God in their endeavors.  We can choose to be of the kingdom of God, even if we are not the nation of Israel.  When our political leaders are going the wrong way we can still be guided to our own survival.  After the fall of Judah, Daniel was able to be successful even as a prisoner of war.  Now we see Israel in later generations yielding to the Assyrians.

And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baalhermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon.  And these were the heads of the house of their fathers, even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valour, famous men, and heads of the house of their fathers.  And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.  And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.  1 Chronicles 5:23-26

We will visit the families and tribes that lived in Judah next.  Some were priests, some warriors.  Some were employed in secular jobs, but still stood out as men of God.  The chronicles of your life will reflect how you use the opportunities to reflect the Messiah who is the path to life.  A slice of toast may be the key to guide your loved ones to eternal life. 

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.  Mark 9:4


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After the storms, the sunset years


One Canaanite nation was promised safety in Israel, and Saul had violated that trust.  Now the bill was due for payment.  Remember, Gibeon had faked being distant neighbors to escape the destruction of the other Canaanites.  God may have favored them to have allowed this, but Israel had to honor their pledge to give them safety. 

Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.  And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)  Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?  2 Samuel 21:1-3

God told David what was out of balance in the kingdom.  Again his pattern of asking God for understanding pays off.  He turned to the Gibeonites to find what they would ask as judgment for their persecution.

And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.  And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,  Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them.  But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD’s oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.  2 Samuel 21:4-7

All the males of the house of Saul except Mephiboseth, son of Jonathan were delivered for judgment. 

But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:  And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.  And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.  2 Samuel 21:8-10

David had compassion on the granddaughter of Saul and returned his bones to an honorable burial.

And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.  And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:  And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.  And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father:  And they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.  2 Samuel 21:11-14

God was pleased with the respect David had shown for the people and their needs.  Now they found favor in battle, but David is not so young any more.

Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.  And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.  But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.  2 Samuel 21:15-17

David’s men asked him to retire from front line service.  His warriors continued to prosper in the blessing of God though.

And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.  And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.  And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.  And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.  These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.  2 Samuel 21:18-22

David has lived in the age when violence was handmade and bloody.  Enemies intended to dismember you as they had Saul.  They were in your face and skilled in wielding their carving tools.  Here in Arizona we see many seniors who are losing the physical strength that carried them through the great wars of our history.  David can look back at a long life that hinged on the evidence of divine help.  He asked for help and got it, even when he didn’t deserve it.  He will reflect on the wonders of the relationship that let him have the protection of the God of his forefathers. 


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Joab hears that David is not fully focused. 

And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom.  And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son.  And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.  But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!  2 Samuel 19:1-4

David was sad to lose Jonathan and Saul, and more so to lose his own son.  Parents will love their own no matter what they do.  We see that Samuel did not have obedient sons, nor did Eli his predecessor.  We cannot always shape our offspring as we would like.  Still Joab had to remind David what Absalom had intended for them. 

And Joab came into the house to the king, and said, Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, which this day have saved thy life, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, and the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;  In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this  day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.  Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now.  2 Samuel 19:5-7

All of David’s family were threatened by one violent hateful rebel.  All of his loyal friends placed their lives at risk to end this threat.  It seems like David has forgotten his true friends for the love of an unworthy son.  David realizes that he could make new enemies if he does not respond to his friends.

Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.  And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.  And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?  2 Samuel 19:8-10

The people want Israel to take their king back.  So David responds to their support by seeking an explanation from the priestly leadership in Jerusalem.

And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house.  Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?  And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.  2 Samuel 19:11-13

The people of Judah are humbled and moved to make amends.

And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants.  So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.  2 Samuel 19:14-15

A procession sets out to bring the king back to Jerusalem.  A host of people come with various emotions about the event.

And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.  And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.  2 Samuel 19:16-17 

An old enemy repents and begs for mercy as David approaches.

And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king’s household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;  And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that hich thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.  For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.  2 Samuel 19:18-20

Some want revenge, but David is weary of killing by now.

But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD’s anointed?  And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel?  Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.  2 Samuel 19:21-23

The son of Jonathan was accused of turning against David, and now he comes to meet the king.  He has not been living like one who sought the throne.

And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.  And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?  And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.  And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.  2 Samuel 19:24-27

Ziba had lied about Mephiboseth seeking the throne.  It never did make sense for him to expect Absalom to give the throne to him anyway.  It makes sense that Ziba had sought to have all that he and Mephiboseth had shared.  There was no reason for the son of Jonathan to worry.

For all of my father’s house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?  And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land.  And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.  2 Samuel 19:28-30

Mephiboseth was willing to let the liar have the land, because he didn’t seek material gain.  He found his treasure in the friendship of his father’s friend.  We have a treasure in fellowship with the God of David, and in being part of that great family.  The treasures of this life will be left behind for a far greater one.

And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.  Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.  And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.  2 Samuel 19:31-33

David was also greeted by a loyal supporter who supplied his army in their retreat.  David offered to return the favor in Jerusalem.

And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?  I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women?  wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?  Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?  Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.  2 Samuel 19:34-37

Barzillai was eighty years old, and not long for the pleasures of this world.  He chose to favor a friend with the wonders of life in Jerusalem instead. 

And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.  And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.  Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel.  2 Samuel 19:38-40

They continue the march home and the leaders of Israel challenge the leaders of Judah for bringing David without informing them of the decision. 

And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David’s men with him, over Jordan?  And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king’s cost? or hath he given us any gift?  And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.  2 Samuel 19:41-43

Everyone wants to be closer to the boss.  The exchange of words doesn’t make much gain for either side, but the passion seems to tilt towards Judah’s case.  Israel is still being moved around with political wind.