How did Absalom “steal the hearts of the men of Israel”? How does this still happen today? Why didn’t David do something about this? Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather – why would he align himself with Absalom? Why did David run rather than defend himself and his family? How did God protect David through the advice of Hushai? Why did Absalom die? Why did David mourn? Why so much sin? Are things better or worse today?