We’re staying in Samuel today! Please read 2 Samuel 15, 2 Samuel 16, and 2 Samuel 17:1-14. Is the Lord speaking to you through His Word? Leave us a comment and let’s turn this monologue into a dialogue together!
“Absalom would say, ‘Look, you’ve got a strong case; but the king isn’t going to listen to you.’ Then he’d say, ‘Why doesn’t someone make me a judge for this country? Anybody with a case could bring it to me and I’d settle things fair and square.’ Whenever someone would treat him with special honor, he’d shrug it off and treat him like an equal, making him feel important. Absalom did this to everyone who came to do business with the king and stole the hearts of everyone in Israel. After four years of this, Absalom spoke to the king….” (2 Samuel 15:3-8 MSG)
Four years. Wow. Absalom planned for YEARS to betray his father. (No surprise there – our reading yesterday revealed Absalom’s character).
David cares for Ittai on his way out – encouraging him to stay; and David also sent back the Ark to its rightful place, rather than trying to manipulate the presence of God.
“The counsel that Ahithophel gave in those days was treated as if God himself had spoken” (2 Samuel 16:23 MSG)
Absalom made a mistake trusting Ahithophel. I thought it was interesting that the people trusted Ahithophel’s words as if they came from God Himself. It is right to trust people, but never right to put man’s words above the word of God. Receive counsel AND pray for discernment.