Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 16:15-23. Absalom and all the men of Israel, went to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel went with him. When David’s friend, Hushai the Archite, saw Absalom, Hushai greeted Absalom saying, “God save the king, God save the king.”
Absalom asked Hushai, “Is this the way you show your love to your friend? Why didn’t you go with him?” Hushai answered Absalom saying, “No; but whoever the LORD, and the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.Who should I serve? Should I not serve his son? Like I have served your father, I will serve you.”
Absalom asked Ahithophel to give him advice about what he should do. Ahithophel told Absalom to go in to his father’s concubines, who he left to take care of the palace. All the people of Israel would hear that he stank to his father: then the hands of all who were with him would be strong.
They pitched a tent on the roof of the house of David for Absalom and he went in to his father’s concubines in front of all the people of Israel like Ahithophel advised him. This was the same place where David had first sinned by lusting for Bathsheba. Does this sound like good advice to you? Both David and Absalom regarded the advice of Ahithophel as a man who had inquired of God during those days.
Galatians 6:7 tells us, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
We have to be careful who we take advice from. Some people may have good intentions and some may not. We need to seek God’s face and ask Him to show us the way. We can’t always depend on other people’s advice to be what is best for us.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 16:15-23
15 And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.
16 And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, was come unto Absalom, that Hushai said unto Absalom, God save the king, God save the king.
17 And Absalom said to Hushai, Is this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest thou not with thy friend?
18 And Hushai said unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his will I be, and with him will I abide.
19 And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father’s presence, so will I be in thy presence.
20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, Give counsel among you what we shall do.
21 And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father’s concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong.
22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in unto his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.
23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
Things to think about:
- Who went with Absalom to Jerusalem?
- How did Hushai greet Absalom?
- What was Absalom’s response?
- Who did Absalom seek advice from in this Scripture?
- What advice was given to Absalom?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that Absalom was pressing forward on taking over David’s kingdom. He was being deceived in some ways. He was seeking counsel from people he trusted, but were the decisions he was making wise. Help us to seek counsel from You first of all and ask wisdom in others that we may seek advice from. Help us to be wise concerning the attacks of the enemy. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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