September 1, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 16, 17

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SAA Notes

David is met with both blessing and cursing. David too has a Judas, his close friend and confidante Ahithophel. A like end comes to both – death by hanging. You wonder if Judas did not choose to hang himself because he realised the parallels. The Messiah will be a suffering Messiah.

SJA Notes

“Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom.”

What does it mean that not only the pretender Absalom but David himself, the Lord’s Christ, esteemed the counsel of Ahithophel so highly?

We see from this reading that Ahithophel does not have the same heart after God’s own that David does. He has no problem in the death of the Lord’s anointed (remember David’s strong and absolute conviction, refusing to harm Saul).

Ahithophel works to kill David and presumably strengthen his own position with Absalom.

What does it mean then?

It’s the same thing we have seen time and time again.

David was only a man. As great a king as he was, he was a broken sinner who made faulty decisions based on limited understanding.

We need a king who knows the hearts of man!

As the Lord Himself told Samuel,

“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

We need a king who looks on the heart – And what a joy and wonder and solid hope it is that in Jesus we have such a king!

* Gracious God Above,

Thank You for Jesus, the king who knows our hearts.

Thank You that even though You knew our hearts, dead in sin and enemies to You – God the Father, Son and Spirit; You gave up Yourself to take the penalty, the punishment, and completely resolve our situation.

Because of You we who were once in darkness are now walking in the light.

Because of You we who were once dead in our sins are now alive in Christ.

Because of You we now have the great inheritance of eternal life.

Praise You, Praise Your Name!

Amen.

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