Saturday, December 5, 2015

2 Samuel 17

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 17. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Abasalom, the son of David, has rebelled against his father and taken his throne. Ahitophel (verse 1) had been an advisor to David, and is now advising Absalom. He tells him to have his father killed, but to let all of his father's soldiers live.
  • Hushai had been a friend of David's. He has already been, and here again, is called in to give advice to Absalom. His true loyalty is to David, but he feigns loyalty to Absalom.
  • In his council he appeals to Absalom's pride by telling him he should lead the men into battle himself (verse 11) and to kill David and all of his men.
  • Once his advice is taken, Hushai sends word to David so he can be prepared for the attack.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • In the next chapter we're going to see that following Hushai's advice led to Absalom's death (spoiler alert!), but in this chapter we see what led to his demise: Pride. He was full of himself and wanted everyone to see him as great and glorify him. The Bible verse Proverbs 16:18 is an appropriate postscript for Absalom's life, and a good warning for us all, "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Where in your life do you see pride? Not a healthy pride that takes pleasure in a job well done, but the kind of pride that leads us to want to be better-than and feel more important than, that wants others to notice us.
    • In the Bible God says He hates pride (Proverbs 8:13) and opposes the proud (James 4:6). Why do you think our pride is such an issue for God?
    • Where has your pride led to problems in the past?
    • Where are you currently sensing pride in your life?
    • How can you allow God to remove your pride and how can you embrace humility?