FRIDAY 3 June, 2016
Then someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!” - 2 Samuel 15:31
Ahithophel was David’s trusted counselor and was thought to be one of his closest friends. He was renowned in Israel for his wise counsel; as if he had inquired at the oracle of God (2 Samuel 16:23). This bad news of betrayal wounded David. Psalm 41:9 is believed to be written concerning how deeply David felt: Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
In response to the news, David sent an arrow prayer that pierced the throne room of God. It was soon to be answered. God would later use Hushai’s words, another counselor, to outweigh the words of Ahithophel. What would be the outcome for Ahithophel’s treachery? It would be the same end as other traitors in the Bible as we shall soon find out.
Once again we see such a mirrored comparison between David’s betrayal and our Lord Jesus Christ’s. Judas, as one of the twelve, was with Jesus in His earthly ministry. Jesus described Judas betrayal in a similar fashion in John 13:18: but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Mehas lifted up his heel against Me.’
His treachery was further described in Zechariah 11:12-13; Judas would betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Judas was a thief, his interest was money (John 12:6). Notice how his betrayal prophetically fulfilled Scripture, the Bible is one hundred percent accurate. Both these betrayals were used to fulfill Scripture and prove the genuineness of God’s Word.
We may encounter people of treachery but understand that God has allowed them to be woven through our life story for His purposes.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
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