2 Samuel Chapter 17

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2 Samuel 17

1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

5 Then said Absalom, Call now Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear likewise what he saith.

6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou.

7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.

8 For, said Hushai, thou knowest thy father and his men, that they be mighty men, and they be chafed in their minds, as a bear robbed of her whelps in the field: and thy father is a man of war, and will not lodge with the people.

9 Behold, he is hid now in some pit, or in some other place: and it will come to pass, when some of them be overthrown at the first, that whosoever heareth it will say, There is a slaughter among the people that follow Absalom.

10 And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.

11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea for multitude; and that thou go to battle in thine own person.

12 So shall we come upon him in some place where he shall be found, and we will light upon him as the dew falleth on the ground: and of him and of all the men that are with him there shall not be left so much as one.

13 Moreover, if he be gotten into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the river, until there be not one small stone found there.

14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.

15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.

16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.

18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man’s house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.

19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.

20 And when Absalom’s servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.

22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.

23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

24 Then David came to Mahanaim. And Absalom passed over Jordan, he and all the men of Israel with him.

25 And Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab: which Amasa was a man’s son, whose name was Ithra an Israelite, that went in to Abigail the daughter of Nahash, sister to Zeruiah Joab’s mother.

26 So Israel and Absalom pitched in the land of Gilead.

27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

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39 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 17

  1. In reading this chapter, it is sad to see the lack of love and respect fhat Absalom had for his father. We cannot allow for our focus and obedience to be distracted by trying to uplift our own agenda; but, rather seek the counsel of the one who controls it all……Jesus. Jesus gives us courage….Follow Him!

  2. 28. Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

    29. And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

    Jehova Jireh

    If you’re going through a wilderness, that doesn’t mean God has forsaken or forgotten about you – He is still our provider, like he provided for these men. Just remember, the wilderness may be the means God is using to keep you alive.

  3. 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.

    Being obedient to the voice of the LORD will always prove good. No matter your enemy, let the LORD bring vengeance upon him

  4. iLove to Grow in the Word
    “Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “Hushai’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s.” For the LORD had determined to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster on Absalom!”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭17:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Davids wisdom pays off in the fact that Hushai’s loyality and position in the Kingdom was used of God to overthrow the uprising. This shows us the importance of strategic planning and leadership along with loyalty

  5. 22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.
    David had a special blessing that followed him. Anyone who was with him also receive that blessing. We as children of God must be wise to stay close to Our pastor who has the blessing because if we do our lives will be blessed like the lives of those who follow David.

  6. 2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

    Stay close to God in these times of weary and weakness. God is our refuge and strength. We cannot lean on our own human strength but through Gid we are mighty and we are strong and will not be defeated.

  7. There will always be people who believe they deserve everyone else’s blessings.

    Absalom was a prince by detention. Thus, was likely pampered and treated like royalty. Likely this privileged life style went to his head and he believed he was as worthy to be King as David. It seems his personality is built believing that he is a superior; a perfect being without flaws. As a prince, he was not held accountable for his mistakes, lies or cruelties. His parents likely did not provide a sense of limits or respect for other human beings. He learned as a child to exploit and manipulate other human beings- to win at any cost. The damage to another person’s life was just collateral and necessary to his own immediate goals. This “golden child” learned very early that he had free rein over others. If someone got in his way, he would simply push him aside or knock him down.

    While Absalom was a prince, most children today are not – but most are treated as though they are. This sense of self entitlement and notion that one life is more important than another life is garbage and a direct result of poor parenting.

  8. 2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:
    That’s what the enemy does. We we get weak and weary the enemy tries to come in to destroy us!
    Psalms 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation

    Let God lead your path.

  9. 6 And when Hushai was come to Absalom, Absalom spake unto him, saying, Ahithophel hath spoken after this manner: shall we do after his saying? if not; speak thou.

    7 And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.

    23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

    I was going to write about listening to bad council, but as I kept reading my heart ached; I just can not understand why people choose a permanent solution (suicide) for a temporary problem. Problems will come and go, but as long as we have God and we are able to lay our burdens down, there will always be a solution to the problem while there is no returning from death. May the Lord help us to have a discerning spirit to be able to keep good council and may He help us keep our eyes open to the truth. May we always stay in His word for it is the knowledge of the Gospel that will give us life always. In Jesus Name Amen

  10. 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

    29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

    HE is my provider!!

  11. DEATH BY CHOICE

    1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:
    2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:
    3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.
    4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.

    23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

    Ahithophel spoke words to Absalom of how to conquer the King. Absalom however chose other counsel. Ahithopel’s choice to take his own life is interesting in the fact that, physically he had no reason. However, emotionally he could not bear. Possible reasons for his death.

    1. He was offended that Absalom didn’t utilize his plan.
    2. He was afraid that David would find out about his plan.
    3. He became weary of the continual war.

    We know not what drives people to do such extreme things. We do know that an allegiance with an evil adversary will end up in double death. We must be prayerful in regards to our commitments and allegiances. Remain humble, so that our plans will always BUILD and never destroy our Leaders.

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  12. 27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

    28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

    29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

  13. 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.

  14. 2 Samuel 17:27-29
    27) And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
    28) Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,
    29) And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

    Phil. 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

    When we are hungry, weary, and thirsty, God will supply our need.
    When we are hungry – He is our BREAD OF LIFE
    When we are weary – He is our REST
    When we are thirsty – He is the FOUNTAIN OF LIVING WATER

    Thank You JESUS!!

  15. 15 Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, what Ahithophel had said to Absalom and the elders of Israel and what he himself had advised instead.
    16 “Quick!” he told them. “Find David and urge him not to stay at the shallows of the Jordan River tonight. He must go across at once into the wilderness beyond. Otherwise he will die and his entire army with him.” (NLT)

    Remember where your loyalty lies and follow Gods appointed leader(s).

  16. 2 Samuel 17:21 (KJV Strong’s)

    21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.

    The word says be still and know that I am God.

    We must trust that in the midst of trouble God will direct our foot steps.

  17. 2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

    3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

  18. “Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “Hushai’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s.” For the LORD had determined to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster on Absalom!”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭17:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    The hand of the Lord was continually over David and the people that followed him. He brought confusion to the enemy that their plans would fail and provision in the time of going through a wilderness.

  19. And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

    28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

    29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

  20. 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

  21. 15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.

    16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
    God blesses obedience!!

  22. 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.

    15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.

    16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

  23. “And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.” The word of God (Jesus) identified purpose. Ahithophel’s purpose was no more, in his mind; therefore he did what many have unfortunately done. The deceiver (satan) will do the same in that he will try to make one feel their purpose is no more, which is a lie from the father of lies himself (satan). One should NEVER trust a liar or a deceptive individual, for once they have fulfilled their agenda they will turn and then one will feel their purpose is no more. Dear God, bind the spirit of deception in America, in Jesus name. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  24. “And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.” It is very wise to consider where counsel comes from, for many have given; however the question is to whose advantage was it. The Lord shall do as he so desires, which any that oppose him or his word are definitely not sound counsel. God help us too observe and obey your counsel, in Jesus name.

  25. 15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.

    16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

    Loyalty is very important, you cant be on two sides, you have to pick and stick with your choice, I CHOOSE JESUS!

  26. 14 And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the Lord had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.
    15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.
    16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.

    Ahithophel looked to overthrow David; Hushai counselled against it. He preached to Absalom that there would be a great slaughter of the people that followed Absalom. I know that I must be very careful about whom I seek counsel from; there are false teachers out there. I am so glad that I follow a mighty man of GOD. Since I have been coming to POFW; I have been growing under the teaching of the truth. This was one of my downfalls before coming here. I listened to teachings, but then something in me didn’t receive and I was so hungry to learn about my LORD and SAVIOR that I was willing to take teachings from whomever would preach the word. I know now that a lot of it was not right. Thank you Jesus for all the mighty men that you have set before me.

    Thank you Jesus……Amen!!!!

    • This is Dakota…….

      15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.
      16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
      17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.
      18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man’s house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.
      19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
      20 And when Absalom’s servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

  27. In the hunt for success

    Absolom is so blinded by getting the position that he is trying to kill his own father. Deceit is very sneaky. He thinks he could do a better job so he has it in his mind that God has chosen him for the throne. What I’ve learned in my very few years in the ministry is that it has nothing to do with your talents, but everything to do with your heart.

  28. 1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

    2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

    The enemy is ready to devour when we are the weakest. Remember God is our place of safety and strength. He is made stronger in our weakness.

  29. 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

    Jesus is the only one that can fill us from head to toes…he gives us that hope that we try to find in something or someone else. Jesus I pay that we will be able to reach this whole region and let them know about Jesus. I praise God for finding POFW because it has literally changed my life for the good. Here is where my marriage got restored, where I grew spiritually, my children learned about God, where I learned to have a relationship with Jesus. Thank you father for choosing me and placing us under Pastor Watts. Nothing better than living for Jesus

  30. 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.
    David was blessed to have all the food and so were the remaining who were there after being in the wilderness.

  31. “Hushai spoke to the priests Zadok and Abiathar. He said, “Ahithophel has given advice to Absalom and the elders of Israel. He suggested that they should do one thing. But I suggested something else. “Send a message right away. Tell David, ‘Don’t spend the night at the place in the desert where people can go across the Jordan River. Make sure you go on across. If you don’t, you and all of the people who are with you will be swallowed up.’ “”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭17:15-16‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    “When the way you live pleases the Lord, he makes even your enemies live at peace with you.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

  32. 27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,
    28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,
    29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

    In the midst of treachery between a son and his godless advisor, there were those loyal to the King both in Jerusalem and in the countryside. There was kindness shown while war was gathering from wise men who lived across the Jordan river. Loyalty and kindness are much needed in this day and time: loyalty to the King of Kings and kindness shown to one another…even to those who oppose us. We must let our light shine in the gathering darkness of this time we live and let it reach and impact as many as we can.

  33. 3 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father.

    When Ahithopel realized that his counsel was not taken, it caused him to take his own life.

    Vengance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Let God work it all out. Eventually those that are not for you are against you, and it will be revealed in their actions/attitudes.

  34. 2 Samuel 17:10 Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.

    What’s your testimony?

    I hear people say, “I don’t care what they say about me!” When we are trying to get a new job we tend to look for people to use as references, typically it would be people that would talk good about us and not make us look bad.

    Most of time if we have a bad testimony, some people have to lie for us. David did need to go around telling people how brave he was, or how many lions and bears he had killed, his bravery was demonstrated in battle, his leadership was demonstrated in his ability to seek God before every battle and go trusting that God had already given him the victory.

    What do people say about you? That your a brave, fearless, soldier of Christ, or a quitter, backslider, back-bitter, judgmental so called “christian”.

  35. 1 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night:

    2 And I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only:

    3 And I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace.

    1 Kings 19:1-4
    1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

    2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

    3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

    4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

    The enemy knows how to pursue someone and strike when they are weakened. David had fled after all sorts of wickedness erupted amongst his children and Absalom sought to overthrow him and kill him, all the while committing more wickedness in David’s absence. To top it off, after David is in that wilderness position, a man named Shimei came along and began throwing stones and dust at him and cursing him. Then, after facing betrayal and uprising, murder and abuse amongst his children, death threats, literally fleeing from the palace to the wilderness, and being dogged by a man hurling curses, stones, and dust at him… after all that a man from Absalom’s camp piped up with the idea to attack David since he was then weak and not in a good position to fight or gain leverage.

    Elijah had faced down the prophets of Baal, had gone out into deep waters of faith proclaiming God Himself would send the fire down to consume the offering from the altar even when it was drenched in water (which He did do,) he then turned around and slew all those many false prophets to cut off their wicked influence after God showed Himself to be alive and Baal a dead idol, he did great things despite having feelings of being alone in his stand for righteousness and showing Israel God’s truth and their need to follow Him… yet after all those victories and great works of faith, Jezebel snuck up and breathed out threats to Elijah when he was found weak. He had been used mightily by God both spiritually and physically, it was grueling toil, and then at the end when he had exhausted himself spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, then the enemy rose up and took advantage of his weakness. Elijah fled into the desert and even asked God just to go ahead and end his life, calling himself a failure.

    The enemy is able to take advantage of seasons of weakness, perhaps due to turmoil and trials or simply due to giving ourselves deeply in Kingdom work during that time before we have the opportunity to rest up again. These can be the perfect open window for the attacks from hell to get through and finally make an impact on us. But we are told what God has provided us to counteract this area of vulnerability:

    Ephesians 6:16
    Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    The shield of faith is not about avoiding the darts of the enemy completely. The whole concept of a shield itself implies that the darts will come and they will make impact, but with a shield we are given ths choice as to whether the darts will strike us directly or come face to face with our faith. When faith comes between us and those darts, then we don’t have to bear the brunt of their effects and we don’t have to let them get an advantage over us.

    Our faith is directly tied to our humility in that it is difficult to have faith when we are filled with thoughts of shame and struggle to believe God will take care of us, and likewise it’s difficult to have faith when pride tells us we can do it on our own and it’s by our power that we are taken care of. Humility allows us to see ourselves, Jesus, and our relationship with him correctly. Humility allows us to see truth, and seeing truth allows us to have faith strong enough to be a shield because our faith is accurately based in Jesus and not elsewhere or in a falsehood unknowingly.

    John 8:31-32
    31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

    32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

  36. “Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man’s house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down. And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known. And when Absalom’s servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭17:18-20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    God sometimes gives you rest and shelter in unexpected places. I don’t think either of these people expected to find this outcome at the end of the day.

    David probably didn’t expect to his in a well and the woman probably didn’t plan to hide King David. With either person the lord did the work to ensure King David was well taken care of.

    We have that same opportunity. We just have to get down in a dark wet hole and have stuff thrown on us before we are pulled out.

  37. 8You know your father and his men; they are mighty warriors. Right now they are as enraged as a mother bear who has been robbed of her cubs. And remember that your father is an experienced man of war. He won’t be spending the night among the troops.

    You figure that Absalom would have taken the warning from Hushai. That David was not fearful, he was experienced and has God on his side. But Absalom is determined to defeat David, he litteraly doesnt see him as his father, but an enemy. This is what the devil will try to do, it turn us against one another.

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