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365 Devotionals: From Samuel to David
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series
“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP
|April||Book||Read From||Read To||Devotional|
|17th||II Samuel||Chapter 17||Chapter 18||God’s Providence|
Memory Verse: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 KJV
Yesterday, we met Ahithophel and Hushai, Absalom’s counselors. Absalom was the son of King David. He did not have to take the advice of anyone. Why did he listen to them? God’s providence is always at work, whether or not it is acknowledged.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary
On II Samuel 17:1-21
Here was a wonderful effect of Divine Providence blinding Absalom’s mind and influencing his heart, that he could not rest in Ahithophel’s counsel, and that he should desire Hushai’s advice. But there is no contending with that God who can arm a man against himself, and destroy him by his own mistakes and passions. Ahithophel’s former counsel was followed, for God intended to correct David; but his latter counsel was not followed, for God meant not to destroy him. He can overrule all counsels. Whatever wisdom or help any man employs or affords, the success is from God alone, who will not let his people perish.
On II Samuel 17:22-29
Ahithophel hanged himself for vexation that his counsel was not followed. That will break a proud man’s heart which will not break a humble man’s sleep. He thought himself in danger, concluding, that, because his counsel was not followed, Absalom’s cause would fail; and to prevent a possible public execution, he does justice upon himself. Thus the breath is stopped, and the head laid low, from which nothing could be expected but mischief. Absalom chased his father. But observe how God sometimes makes up to his people that comfort from strangers, which they are disappointed of in their own families. Our King needs not our help; but he assures us, that what we do for the least of his brethren, who are sick, poor, and destitute, shall be accepted and recompensed as if done to himself.
On II Samuel 18:1-8
How does David render good for evil! Absalom would have only David smitten; David would have only Absalom spared. This seems to be a resemblance of man’s wickedness towards God, and God’s mercy to man, of which it is hard to say which is most amazing. Now the Israelites see what it is to take counsel against the Lord and his anointed.
On II Samuel 18:19-33
By directing David to give God thanks for his victory, Ahimaaz prepared him for the news of his son’s death. The more our hearts are fixed and enlarged, in thanksgiving to God for our mercies, the better disposed we shall be to bear with patience the afflictions mixed with them. Some think David’s wish arose from concern about Absalom’s everlasting state; but he rather seems to have spoken without due thought. He is to be blamed for showing so great fondness for a graceless son. Also for quarrelling with Divine justice. And for opposing the justice of the nation, which, as king, he had to administer, and which ought to be preferred before natural affection. The best men are not always in a good frame; we are apt to over-grieve for what we over-loved. But while we learn from this example to watch and pray against sinful indulgence, or neglect of our children, may we not, in David, perceive a shadow of the Saviour’s love, who wept over, prayed for, and even suffered death for mankind, though vile rebels and enemies.