Absalom’s Conspiracy Part 7, Hushai and Ahithophel’s counsel –

2 Samuel 17…   1 Furthermore, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight. I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee. Then I will strike down the king alone,

Ahithophel advice was to pursue David tonight while he is weary and exhausted. Absalom and the elders were pleased but Absalom asks for the counsel of Hushai. He replied that the wise counselor was wrong this time. Hushai counseled to wait and consolidate all the power of Israel and then attack David and success will be yours [17:1-13].

The advice of Hushai pleased Absalom and the men of Israel and they accepted it. The battle plans were delivered at great risk by the priests Zadok and Abiathar’s sons to David [17:14-21] David and his party crossed the Jordan that night to escape Absalom and be replenished [17:22,24,27-29].

23 Now when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to his city, and set his house in order, and strangled himself;

The story of Ahithophel is a sad one. He betrayed king David and when the most important part of his advice was rejected he was depressed and took his own life. There are 2 lessons in this story, [1] it is very serious when we continually reject King Jesus and there may be serious consequences; [2] we have to be very careful when we counsel people to be aware of serious depression that requires medical intervention. Our Pastor Heath Lambert advises leaning toward medical intervention any time there is a possibility of clinical depression.

  Bow down in the worship of King Jesus each day. Humbly submit yourself to Him and to His will today. Ask Him to help you experience the glory of His kingdom today.

Henry Luke 8/2/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

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