Last time, Absalom decided to go against David. People started acting like he was a king. David fled to the mountains to seek instruction from the Lord, and his men followed him as well.
Today’s Reading – 2 Samuel Ch. 16 & 17
David Is Cursed
There is a man named Ziba, a servant of Mephibosheth, who provided donkeys, food, and wine for David and his men. David says all that belongs to his master now belongs to him. (Ch. 16 v.01-04)
Remember Saul? There was a man named Shimei who from the house of Saul and when he saw David, they were in Bahurim at this time, he came out of his house and started cursing. This man also threw stones at David and David’s servants. Shimei yelled and claimed that because David and his men were bloodthirsty that the Lord allowed Absalom to become king. (Ch. 16 v.8)
A man named Abishai wanted to kill Shimei, but David said to let it go. He reminded him that David’s own son, Absalom, was against him. Maybe the Lord would repay David with good for Shimei’s cursing.
(Ch. 16 v.15) Absalom, the people, and men of Israel went to Jerusalem. Ahithophel was there. As well as David’s servant, Hushai, who came to spy. Absalom wanted to know why Hushai didn’t go with David. Hushai says that whoever the Lord and the people choose, that is who he would follow.
Ahithophel gives some horrible advice to Absalom, which he follows with. Ahithophel then requests 12,000 men to pursue David with. He thinks he will attack when David is weak, weary, and afraid, which will make David’s men flee. Absalom approves as well as the elders of Israel.
Absalom seeks the advice of Hushai as well, and Hushai, David’s spy, is not too keen on this plan. He reminds Absalom that David and his men are fierce. He encourages Absalom to have all of Israel with him, and for Absalom to go in person to battle. (Ch. 17 v.11)
Hiding In A Well
Hushai immediately sends word for David and everyone with him to cross over the wilderness and not stay the night. (v.17) Two men who were messengers did not go into the city to be seen, but a boy saw them and reported them to Absalom. Both immediately hid inside a courtyard well.
A woman covered this well, and when asked about the men said they went over the water brook. This gave the two enough time to get out of the well and tell David what was going on, and for them to cross the Jordan quickly. (Ch. 17 v.21)
By morning everyone had crossed.
David And His People Provided For
Ahithophel, when he found out that his advice was not heeded, set his house in order and hung himself.
(Ch. 17 v.24) Absalom and his men cross the Jordan.
When David and his people arrived in Mahanaim, there were three men ready to provided beds, basins, food, cheese, and sheep to David and everyone. “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”
What To Take Away– The Lord provides! Even when things seem really bleak, the Lord comes shining through. He will use people to help us in many ways. Sometimes all we have to do is simply listen and follow through with what He wants us to do, and He provides the rest, even when it does not make sense.
Has God provided when you didn’t think He would?
Monthly Scripture –(NKJ) Proverbs 18:13, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.”
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