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2nd Samuel – Friends and Traitors

Our sermon is entitled Friends and Traitors and comes from 2 Samuel 16:15-23. We will see Hushai again, doing what David sent him to do, and then we’ll witness a gross and wicked act by Ahithophel against God and David. Ahithophel is the Judas of the Old Testament. Our themes will center on betrayal and the one who does not betray. We will also briefly speak about how God, in His providence, is free to use evil for His own purposes. Our outline:

  1. David’s Friend Hushai
    1. Absalom’s Doubt
    2. Hushai the Upright
    3. Hushai the Friend
  2. Ahithophel the Betrayer
    1. Offensive counsel
    2. No hope of reconciliation. 
    3. Fulfilled Judgment
    4. Vendetta
  3. God’s Providence in All Circumstances 
    1. “Is God responsible for evil?”
  4. The God Who Does Not Betray

The public reading was Job 1:6-12; Our benediction was Psalm 89:52.

2 Samuel 16:15-23

15 Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16 And when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!” 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?” 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, “No, for whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.”

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel. What shall we do?” 21 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23 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. (ESV)

Job 1:6-12

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” 12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. (ESV)

Psalm 89:52

52 Blessed be the Lord forever!

Amen and Amen. (ESV)