’13 READ the BIBLE in a YEAR Today’s Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 16 / Psalms 134, 135
The last verse of 2 Samuel 16 verse 23 is rather daunting: “Absalom followed Ahithophel’s advice, just as David had done. For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.”
- “just as David had done – yes, Ahithophel was a counselor to David – look at these verse in 2 Samuel 15:12 While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing. But then in 2 Samuel 15:31 we read: Now David had been told, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.” Whoa – was David’s prayer ever answered! Ahithophel’s counsel to Absalom in 2 Samuel 16: 21 is Ahithophel told him, “Go and sleep with your father’s concubines, for he has left them here to look after the palace. Then all Israel will know that you have insulted your father beyond hope of reconciliation, and they will throw their support to you.”
- then we read: 2 Samuel 16:23b For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.”
- every word
- seemed as wise
- as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.
- Oh Lordy, “Give me a discerning faith!