Now Ahithophel urged Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 men to start out after David tonight. I will catch up with him while he is weary and discouraged. He and his troops will panic, and everyone will run away. Then I will kill only the king, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride returns to her husband. After all, it is only one man’s life that you seek. Then you will be at peace with all the people.” This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.
2 Samuel 17:1-4
Dear God, the judge period wasn’t perfect, but look what has happened within two generation of the “king” period—and this is under Israel’s BEST king! One of David’s best advisers is plotting to kill him.
I wonder what it was about what David had become that had the people so ready to turn on him. Was Ahithophel angry and disenchanted with David, or was he just trying to promote himself? I think an overlooked part of this story is that David had allowed his power to change him, and the people were longing for the old David—the David that Absalom was pretending to be.
Father, there’s a lesson in here for all of us. A past of pursuing you can always lead to a future of not pursuing you. There is nothing in the last six chapters that gives us a positive picture about David’s actions EXCEPT that he is able to receive rebuke when it comes his way. But there were many things to rebuke. So help me to be vigilant in my pursuit of you. “Make my life a prayer to you. I want to do what you want me to. No empty words and no white lies. No token prayers. No compromise.” (Melody Green)
In Jesus’ name I pray,