Betrayal and Suicide
Scripture reading for March 31st: 2nd Samuel 15-18
King David was forgiven by God of his great sins of adultery and murder. God is gracious and merciful when we repent and we are thankful for that truth. However, sin does have consequences for us here that still roll on. We reap what we sow and the crop is often a bitter one when we sow to our flesh!
Absalom, one of David’s sons, had aspirations for the throne. He was what we would describe today as a “politician”. He sought to win over the people by making promises and flattery. (2nd Samuel 15:1-6) Over four years he built up a following for himself and then proclaimed himself as king! He even invited Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s close adviser to join his conspiracy. A messenger told King David and the king decided to flee.
David had some close friends who remained loyal to him. Hushai the Arkite was one of them as well as Zadok and Abiathar the priests and their sons. David had prayed to the Lord to frustrate the advice of Ahithophel. (2nd Samuel 15:31) David instructed Hushai to go back to Jerusalem and frustrate the advice of the betrayer. (2nd Samuel 15:34) Ahithophel advised Absalom to lie with his father’s concubines on the roof of the palace in front of all Israel! He also told him to get an army together and go after his father as soon as possible. (2nd Samuel 17:1-4)
Absalom summoned Hushai the Arkite and asked his advice. Hushai presented another plan that sounded better to Absalom. God had worked through him to frustrate the advice of Ahithophel and spare David’s life. (2nd Samuel 17:14) When Ahithophel found that his advice was not taken, he knew that David would prevail so he hung himself. (2nd Samuel 17:23)
Ahithophel was the grandfather of Bathsheba and father of one of David’s mighty men. (2nd Samuel 11:3, 23:34) We do not know for sure what motivated Ahithophel to betray King David, but it is probable that Ahithophel never forgave David for his sin with his granddaughter. David himself had betrayed a close friend in Uriah and now reaped. Satan is always at work to cause division, hatred, betrayal and death. A thousand years later, one of David’s descendants was also betrayed by one of his close followers, Judas. Judas also went out and took his own life! Sin has a terrible cost and we reap what we sow!