The Counsel of Ahithophel Overturned

2 Samuel 17:1-29

As we’ve already been told how wise Ahithophel was, and how his counsels were like an oracle directly from God, we would expect that when given, any man in his right senses would follow after them without questioning. Today however, we saw God worked in a miraculous way to overturn and make foolish Ahithophel’s advice, in answer to David‘s prayer.

Ahithophel advised that he should be allowed to pick twelve thousand men and pursue after David in the night, catching him unaware while weary and weak, causing panic in his camp, and eventually allowing him the opportunity to smite the king. Despite the plot pleasing Absalom and all the people, for one reason or the other, Absalom still went ahead to ask Hushai, the spy planted by David,  what he also thought of Ahithophel’s advice. Hushai stated confidently that Ahitophel’s counsel was not good this time around, and he made a case that David himself was a man of war and strategy with very strong and valiant men, and that a defeat of Absalom’s men by such a very organized unit would throw confusion and fear into his whole camp. He then gave a different advice that would take some time to implement, buying David time in the process, as it would require gathering men from the whole of Israel to face David’s army.

As God would have it, Hushai’s advice seemed more logical to the whole lot than Ahitophel’s, but it was God at work to judge Absalom for his sins. Hushai was able to send messengers to David to tell him of all the plans in advance. Ahitophel went home that day a defeated man. For the first time, his counsel had been looked down upon. We learnt he put his house in order and hanged himself .

No matter the plan, no matter the plot, if it is not of God, it could be overturned. God causes the wisdom of the wise to look like foolishness, the strength of the strong to become weakness. Pray to him and he would fight your battle for you even when you are not there, He is the one who could overturn the counsel of those in authority – Trust Him.

Some verses to remember

vs 14: And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.

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