Excellent Counselors — 2 Samuel 16:15-23
Absalom returns to Jerusalem with the royal advisor Ahithophel to claim the throne. They are met by David’s spy, Hushai, and Absalom is shocked to see him there. Even Absalom knew that Hushai was more than a counselor; he was a friend to King David. Friends are those who are loyal in their actions and present with them in their troubles. Little did Absalom know what a friend Hushai really was for David. After all, Hushai was “undercover.”
Should believers lie when undercover? Amazingly, if we follow Hushai’s words, though deceptive and manipulating the pride and ambition of Absalom, he did not lie to him. Absalom took his words as support for himself while all along Hushai is proclaiming his loyalty to David using phrases like “Long live the king!” and “As I served before your father so I will serve before you.” After all, Hushai claims to be with the one whom the LORD chose and it is obvious that this person is not Absalom but David! Yet Hushai has an uphill battle to influence Absalom because Ahithophel is considered the best of the best and his advice is very worldly: sever all ties, the end justifies the means, and whatever works (pragmatism) is the best. What kind of counselor do you seek? The world and its sirens? Or the Wonderful Counselor, the One who points us to the Word of God?