2 Samuel 17.1-29; John 19.23-42; Psalm 119.129-152; Proverbs 16.12-13
You have to pay careful attention to the story of David and Absalom and their advisors. Just about the time you think one advisor (in this case, Ahithophel) has the upper hand and is influencing Absalom, another comes in and changes the wanna-be king’s perspective (as is the case with Hushai). In the midst of the tension of who will actually end up with the most influence, remember that at the end of the day, it is God who is at work and his plans will prevail.
Why do you think Ahithophel had such a strong reaction to his advice not being followed?
Is there ever a time when it is appropriate to be a secret follower of Jesus? Why?
How have you found following God’s laws to be a simple thing to do? Do you find them more simple than complicated or vice versa? Why is this the case?
How do we show our love for people who speak honestly?