2 Samuel 17

2 Samuel 17 has Absalom getting counsel about what to do with his father David.  He wants to attack and take David out, so he gets counsel from Ahithophel to do exactly that.  Recruit 12,000 men and go get David.  But Absalom decided to get another opinion, so he reaches out to Hushai who has a different opinion.  His direction was that attacking David would be a bad decision the way Ahithophel had advised.  So now Absalom has two different opinions to deal with.

Absalom decides “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel”.  This approach was to gather all the army and attack en mass.  But Hushai had some loyalty to David so he sends a couple priests to go warn David of the plan.  David needed to get the people across the Jordan so they weren’t easily attacked – and that is what happened.

The messaging to David was a bit challenging because as the messengers went, they were noticed so Jonathan and  Ahimaaz were hidden in a well until those looking for them took off to a different place.  “After they had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David”.  They had been saved by a female servant who hid them in a well and sprinkled grain over the cover.  The warning was heeded and David led his people across the river.

On the other side, David’s men “brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils, 29 honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat”.  They were taking care of the people and getting them fed.  There was wisdom in meeting those needs and being sure the people were cared for.  For now, the attack has been stalled.

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