2 Samuel 15:31-37, 16:15-23…15: 31 Now someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, I pray, make the counsel of Ahithophel foolishness.”…34 But [Hushai] if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father’s servant in time past, so I will now be your servant,’ then you can thwart the counsel of Ahithophel for me….
This story is like something out of a modern mystery story complete with a spy and betrayal. Hushai was David’s servant and friend and wanted to leave Jerusalem but David asks him to stay and spy on Absalom. David gave Hushai a messenger system in Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, two sons [15:35-36].
This was a great risk for Hushai because Absalom was going to interrogate him before accepting him and also because of David’s betrayer Ahitophel, a very wise man. David and Hushai were trusting God for protection and were willing to accept the outcome either good or bad.
Absalom entered the city with all his followers and Ahithophel. After questioning Hushai, Absalom agreed to take him as an advisor [16:16-19]. Absalom first ask Ahithophel what shall we do.
16: 21 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself odious to your father. The hands of all who are with you will also be strengthened.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.
Ahithophel, possibly demonstrating his bitterness over David’s taking his granddaughter, said to go in and have sex with your father’s concubines; this will strengthen your hand over Israel. Absalom fulfilled another of Samuels’s pronouncements on David by taking the concubines on the roof of the Palace so everyone could see [2 Samuel 12:11-12].
Ask God to help you to display true friendship by laying down your preferences, comforts, and even life for your brothers and sisters in Jesus.
Henry Luke 8/1/2018