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May 17, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 17 (ESV)

Moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic, and all the people who are with him will flee. I will strike down only the king, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband. You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace.” And the advice seemed right in the eyes of Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

Then Absalom said, “Call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say.” And when Hushai came to Absalom, Absalom said to him, “Thus has Ahithophel spoken; shall we do as he says? If not, you speak.” Then Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good.”....Continue Reading

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  1. Absalom said to him, “Thus has Ahithophel spoken; shall we do as he says? If not, you speak.” 7Then Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the counsel that Ahithophel has given is not good.” 8

  2. Ahithopiel had a sad ending to his life…..

    Sad divisive time among the people as well, struggling over power influence and all for what ?

  3. Well David’s plan to have Hushai give Absalom advice that would be favorable to David is working here and verse 14 tells us that God is behind it as well since he does want to bring disaster on Absalom. After all David is God’s anointed. The primary benefit that comes from Hushai’s plans seems to be the larger amount of time it would take for Absalom to assemble his army and how David would be benefited by more time to prepare himself. In a cloak and dagger sort of way David is informed of Absalom’s plans, even though his spies are discovered and then hidden.

    Ahithopiel takes the cowardly and selfish way out, which is exactly what suicide is. Far better to remain and discover God’s resources for the issues one might be facing and discover His plan to compensate for failure and bring you to a better place. It reminds me of a time I met with someone contemplating suicide. I told her if she didn’t want her life I knew God did and encouraged her to pour herself into Him. I challenged her to give God 4 months to change her life and she did and lives to tell the good story of what God did for her.

  4. It is also neat how the chapter ends with David and his people being supplied for. It is both God shining on him by His grace and people having regard for the king for the good he has done.

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