1 October 2018 Verse of the Day

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.  (Psalms 119:133 NIV) Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.  Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day. Read the Bible through with Yellow Creek Baptist Church:  Hushai Saves David 2Sa 17:1  Ahithophel said to Absalom, “I would choose twelve thousand men and set out tonight in pursuit of David.  2Sa 17:2  I would attack him while he is weary and weak. I would strike him with terror, and then all the people with him will flee. I would strike down only the king  2Sa 17:3  and bring all the people back to you. The death of the man you seek will mean the return of all; all the people will be unharmed.”  2Sa 17:4  This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.  2Sa 17:5  But Absalom said, “Summon also Hushai the Arkite, so we can hear what he has to say as well.”  2Sa 17:6  When Hushai came to him, Absalom said, “Ahithophel has given this advice. Should we do what he says? If not, give us your opinion.”  2Sa 17:7  Hushai replied to Absalom, “The advice Ahithophel has given is not good this time.  2Sa 17:8  You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.  2Sa 17:9  Even now, he is hidden in a cave or some other place. If he should attack your troops first, whoever hears about it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the troops who follow Absalom.’  2Sa 17:10  Then even the bravest soldier, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt with fear, for all Israel knows that your father is a fighter and that those with him are brave.  2Sa 17:11  “So I advise you: Let all Israel, from Dan to Beersheba—as numerous as the sand on the seashore—be gathered to you, with you yourself leading them into battle.  2Sa 17:12  Then we will attack him wherever he may be found, and we will fall on him as dew settles on the ground. Neither he nor any of his men will be left alive.  2Sa 17:13  If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel will bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it down to the valley until not so much as a pebble is left.”  2Sa 17:14  Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Arkite is better than that of Ahithophel.” For the LORD had determined to frustrate the good advice of Ahithophel in order to bring disaster on Absalom.  2Sa 17:15  Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, “Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.  2Sa 17:16  Now send a message at once and tell David, ‘Do not spend the night at the fords in the wilderness; cross over without fail, or the king and all the people with him will be swallowed up.'”  2Sa 17:17  Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En Rogel. A female servant was to go and inform them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they could not risk being seen entering the city.  2Sa 17:18  But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So the two of them left at once and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. He had a well in his courtyard, and they climbed down into it.  2Sa 17:19  His wife took a covering and spread it out over the opening of the well and scattered grain over it. No one knew anything about it.  2Sa 17:20  When Absalom’s men came to the woman at the house, they asked, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” The woman answered them, “They crossed over the brook.” The men searched but found no one, so they returned to Jerusalem.  2Sa 17:21  After they had gone, the two climbed out of the well and went to inform King David. They said to him, “Set out and cross the river at once; Ahithophel has advised such and such against you.”  2Sa 17:22  So David and all the people with him set out and crossed the Jordan. By daybreak, no one was left who had not crossed the Jordan.  2Sa 17:23  When Ahithophel saw that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and set out for his house in his hometown. He put his house in order and then hanged himself. So he died and was buried in his father’s tomb.  2Sa 17:24  David went to Mahanaim, and Absalom crossed the Jordan with all the men of Israel.  2Sa 17:25  Absalom had appointed Amasa over the army in place of Joab. Amasa was the son of Jether, an Ishmaelite who had married Abigal, the daughter of Nahash and sister of Zeruiah the mother of Joab.  2Sa 17:26  The Israelites and Absalom camped in the land of Gilead.  2Sa 17:27  When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi son of Nahash from Rabbah of the Ammonites, and Makir son of Ammiel from Lo Debar, and Barzillai the Gileadite from Rogelim  2Sa 17:28  brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,  2Sa 17:29  honey and curds, sheep, and cheese from cows’ milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”  Absalom Killed 2Sa 18:1  David mustered the men who were with him and appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.  2Sa 18:2  David sent out his troops, a third under the command of Joab, a third under Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told the troops, “I myself will surely march out with you.”  2Sa 18:3  But the men said, “You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won’t care about us. Even if half of us die, they won’t care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. It would be better now for you to give us support from the city.”  2Sa 18:4  The king answered, “I will do whatever seems best to you.” So the king stood beside the gate while all his men marched out in units of hundreds and of thousands.  2Sa 18:5  The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.” And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders.  2Sa 18:6  David’s army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim.  2Sa 18:7  There Israel’s troops were routed by David’s men, and the casualties that day were great—twenty thousand men.  2Sa 18:8  The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword.  2Sa 18:9  Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going.  2Sa 18:10  When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.”  2Sa 18:11  Joab said to the man who had told him this, “What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels of silver and a warrior’s belt.”  2Sa 18:12  But the man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king’s son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake.’  2Sa 18:13  And if I had put my life in jeopardy—and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.”  2Sa 18:14  Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree.  2Sa 18:15  And ten of Joab’s armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him.  2Sa 18:16  Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them.  2Sa 18:17  They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.  2Sa 18:18  During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.  David Hears of Absalom’s Death 2Sa 18:19  Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, “Let me run and take the news to the king that the LORD has vindicated him by delivering him from the hand of his enemies.”  2Sa 18:20  “You are not the one to take the news today,” Joab told him. “You may take the news another time, but you must not do so today, because the king’s son is dead.”  2Sa 18:21  Then Joab said to a Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” The Cushite bowed down before Joab and ran off.  2Sa 18:22  Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, “Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite.” But Joab replied, “My son, why do you want to go? You don’t have any news that will bring you a reward.”  2Sa 18:23  He said, “Come what may, I want to run.” So Joab said, “Run!” Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain and outran the Cushite.  2Sa 18:24  While David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone.  2Sa 18:25  The watchman called out to the king and reported it. The king said, “If he is alone, he must have good news.” And the runner came closer and closer.  2Sa 18:26  Then the watchman saw another runner, and he called down to the gatekeeper, “Look, another man running alone!” The king said, “He must be bringing good news, too.”  2Sa 18:27  The watchman said, “It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok.” “He’s a good man,” the king said. “He comes with good news.”  2Sa 18:28  Then Ahimaaz called out to the king, “All is well!” He bowed down before the king with his face to the ground and said, “Praise be to the LORD your God! He has delivered up those who lifted their hands against my lord the king.”  2Sa 18:29  The king asked, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” Ahimaaz answered, “I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king’s servant and me, your servant, but I don’t know what it was.”  2Sa 18:30  The king said, “Stand aside and wait here.” So he stepped aside and stood there.  David’s Grief 2Sa 18:31  Then the Cushite arrived and said, “My lord the king, hear the good news! The LORD has vindicated you today by delivering you from the hand of all who rose up against you.”  2Sa 18:32  The king asked the Cushite, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.”  2Sa 18:33  The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!” (NIV) Pray to the Lord Yours in Christ, Bob Maynard