II Samuel 17

                                             (Revised November 12, 2008)

 

 

vs. 1-3 – The counsel of Ahithophel (con’t)

 

        

       

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In his heart Absalom must have known that the safe possession of the kingdom

could be assured him only by his father’s death.  One reason why he adopted

the counsel of Hushai may have been his reluctance to commit parricide; for

plainly the one main purpose of Ahithophel was David’s death. 

 

This thorough traitor may have seen even a tremor of alarm in Absalom’s

countenance when he spake out his purpose so frankly of “smiting the king

only,” and may have felt that, slumbering in the bosom of the son, was

something of that generous spirit which had made the father condemn the

Amalekite (ch. 1) to death for boasting that he had slain Saul.

 

v. 4 – “all the elders of Israel” – their presence seems to show that Absalom

            professed to act in an orderly and constitutional manner, and with

            the advice of those in authority.  It was possibly this wish to keep up

            appearances which made him command Hushai to be summoned, as

            he was one whose advice would certainly have been asked had matters

            gone on in their ordinary channel.

 

vs. 5-13 – Hushai’s advice

 

                      

 

 

 

 

           

 

vs. 15-22 –  We have here a record of the course adopted by the secret friends

            of David after that Absalom had heard the counsel of Ahithophel and

            Hushai.  Jerusalem was the scene of an evil and a good combination;

            and as the drift of Scripture is to record the accomplishment of Divine

            purposes in the history of the Hebrew people, we have here a more

            detailed record of the individuals and work of the good combination

            than of the evil.   The work these four faithful ones are remembered

            in God’s Word . 

 

How will you and I be remembered?

 

How Absalom’s plans were revealed to David

 

           

                       

v. 23 – Ahithophel hangs himself – he must have foreseen the certain ruin of the

            conspiracy if David was allowed time; and he knew that upon its failure

            would follow his own punishment.  It is proof that he was a fierce and ill-

            tempered man, and animated for some reason or other with a malignant

            hatred for David.

 

The parallel between Ahithophel and the traitor Judas Iscariot must strike everyone.

 

vs. 24-26 – The amassing of the forces

 

                       

                       

 

vs. 27-29 – The kindness and sympathy shown to David by Shobi, Machir, and

            Barzillai.  This is refreshing after the previous account of the devices of

            the wicked against the life and authority of David.

 

The sacred historian was doubtless guided by a principle of selection when he

inserted the names of these three men in a book that is to abide through all time.

It was the will of God that reference should be made to their conduct.  Thus has

God expressed approval of their regard for His anointed.

 

Likewise:

           

 

Ponder:

 

WE CAN SEE HERE, IN VERY DARK COLORS, WHAT IS VIRTUALLY THE

END OF ALL WHO ARE GUILTY OF TREASON AGAINST CHRIST, THE

ANOINTED ONE, AND SEEK TO FRUSTRATE HIS RIGHTEOUS PURPOSES

IN THE WORLD.

 

           

 

 

           

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The explanation given of the superiority of Hushai’s counsel to Absalom

is that it was the determination of God to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel.

 

This direct action of God on the human mind is involved in any just conception

of His freedom as an Infinite Spirit, is in harmony with our action on one

another, is essential to moral government, is implied in the work of regeneration,

is the ground of faith in prayer, and is a basis of our belief that He will in due time

defeat the wiles of the devil and bring all things into subjection to Himself.  We

ought to lay hold of this truth with all firmness, and carry on Christian work

in the assurance that greater is He that is for us than all who can be against us,

and that He has ways of reaching men of which we have no visible trace!