*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*NO FRIEND LIKE JESUS.*
2 Samuel 15:31:
*And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.....'*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Psalm 146:3 *Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.*
Whichever way more than what the scriptures tell us about Ahithophel, one could furthermore describe Ahithophel as a security breach and also that anyone who is a friend today could turn to be an enemy tomorrow.
A man well known for his insight, a reliable counselor of King David
deserted David at no more crucial time that David needed him most.
If his counsel had been followed, Absalom might have had a hedge against David.
When David heard that Ahithophel defected to the camp of Absalom, the first thing he thought about was not about going after the life of Ahithophel. The first thought of David was to destroy Ahithophel's ability to give a trustable counsel.
Ahithophel could not have known Absalom more than he knew David, Absalom's father.
Without any doubt, and based on Ahithophel being the right-hand man of David for many years, something more sinister could have been a reason for this betrayal.
Ahitophel's quick switch to Absalom was an indication of a relationship waiting to turn into a disaster any time soon.
Why would Ahithophel desert David during Absalom's rebellion?
A little history may be worth knowing. This may have fuelled Ahithophel's defection to the camp of Absalom.
It was a tale of a grandfather (Ahithophel) avenging for his granddaughter (Bathsheba), also possibly for his son (Eliam), and a deceased son-in-law (Uriah) against David. One that may be known as a long-time root of bitterness.
2 Sam 11:3 tells us that Bathsheba was the daughter of Eliam.
2 Sam 23:34 says, *"Eliam, the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,*
2 Sam 15:12 says ,*"....Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city—from Giloh-...."*
Ahithophel betrayed friendship at the peak to the risk of a national tragedy that might have happened to a royalty.
A most trusted advisor and friend carried a grudge and David's sin for many years.
Ahithophel carried David's sin to become his enemy, but Jesus took our sins to the cross and forgave us so that we may be His friend.
No friend like Jesus.
Though David was betrayed, let us learn to sow good seed because of tomorrow. Ahithophel might have defected to Absalom's camp because of David's adultery committed against Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah.
*Call to Word action.*
God was already fighting for the household of Ahithophel, but he may have thought leaving David would be a sweet revenge. God was against him. He killed himself because of a long root of bitterness, Eph 4:31.
*The Christian clarion duty.*
We can stop hurting people by being good to them.
Trust begins with us, and this is why Jesus built trust, and this made Him to be the only trusted friend.
No trusted friend like Jesus.
Lord, help me to be reliable, a trusted friend like Jesus, in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day.
God bless you.