TUESDAY 7 June, 2016
So Hushai, David’s friend, went into the city.
And Absalom came into Jerusalem - 2 Samuel 15:37
Hushai wasted no time and arrived in the troubled city. While David quickly escaped the city, Absalom entered into Jerusalem and laid a powerful hold on the city. He would keep the people under his control, by seeking out the best way to kill his weakened father, including any of those who remained loyal to him.
Absalom needed counsel. Hushai, a loyal friend of David and traitorous son would soon meet. Absalom would think he had gained another faithful counselor when Hushai offered his service. He would easily convince Absalom of his genuine betrayal. As Ahithophel willingly betrayed his old friend David, so would Hushai. Absalom would come to think both counselors were on his side unified, they would be strengthened in their revolt and together they would plan to destroy David.
Unbeknown to Absalom, Hushai’s true motives would remain secret. Any revealed plans would be covertly sent to his father. He had placed himself in danger as a trustworthy informant and if caught he faced certain death. He did not have to be a spy but he did it out of love for David his king.
It may be in times of Christian persecution that the loyalty of our friendships may be tested. Jesus himself warned His disciples: …a man’s enemies will be those of his own household (Matthew 10:36). We need loyal friends; may their actions speak louder than words.
If we found ourselves in need of help and asked one of our closest friends to do something that required placing their own life in danger, would they do it?
Greater love has no one than this,
than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
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