2 Samuel Ch 17
This is intrigue
This is all about the stuff that goes on when there is CIVIL WAR
So we have Ahithophel who was a trusted counselor first for David and now Absalom
He has great advice
He advises Absalom that if he is given 12,000 men and attacks Jerusalem and kills David, then EVERYONE ELSE WILL BE SPARED AND SAVED
They will then have a celebration because it wasn’t CIVIL WAR that killed everybody, it was just the one King David
He also advises Absalom that a lot of people actually like him
So what happens?
Hushai, the spy that David sent to stay with Absalom
“As I served your father David, now I serve you.”
Hushai not only has great advice, but it is advice that appeals to Absalom’s VANITY
Remember, Absalom is a very good looking man
From the top of his head to the tip of his toe he has no flaw in him
He is quite VAIN
What does Hushai say?
“Let’s not let Ahithophel go and kill your father, David because then Ahithophel has the victory.
How about you, Absalom?
How about you lead the people?
We have to do this because remember, your father David is a mighty warrior.
His mighty men around him are valiant men.
If you are going to let Ahithophel destroy this mighty warrior, this mighty man, that is not the way to go.
Not only because of a bunch of reasons, but also because you know what is going to happen is that you have never been in battle.
You have never fought in any wars.
You have never earned people’s respect when it comes to being a conqueror.
David is a mighty man.
Everyone knows it.
His mighty men are valiant men.
Everyone knows it.
So you need to lead them, Absalom, yourself.
And Israel gathered to you, and then they will be able to basically put their trust in you, put their confidence in you, and see you as the TRUE KING.”
So Absalom falls for Hushai’s “advice”
So what happens?
Ahithophel goes back to his home and when he saw that Hushai’s advice was heeded and his wasn’t, he goes back to his home, got his affairs in order, and then KILLED HIMSELF
Why did he do this?
Not because he was embarrassed
Not because he was pouting
Ahithophel was a smart guy
He realized that Hushai’s advice would be followed and it would bring about the destruction of Absalom
So he doesn’t want to live as a TRAITOR to the King who will return (Authority was not given to deny THE RETURN OF THE KING 🤓) after David defeats Absalom in battle
So this is one of those moments of intrigue
This is what it is to have a spy in your own home
Absalom makes Amasa the captain of his army instead of Joab
Basically Amasa is the son of one of David’s nieces and is a COUSIN of Joab
We will see what happens in the battle tomorrow
1 Chronicles 22
Remember in the previous chapter we read that David said that Jerusalem would be the place for the Temple
The Temple would be the on the site of Ornan’s threshing floor
Fr. Mike failed to highlight in Day 134 that David wanted to buy the threshing floor and land around it from Ornan for the Temple
Ornan refused payment and offered the land, the cattle, and other materials
David INSISTED ON PAYING
Because this should COST something
There is something REALLY TRUE about this
A religion that doesn’t cost anything is only going to go so deep in our lives
So David has an intuition for this
He realizes that he MUST buy this land to be INVESTED to have “skin in the game” for the Temple (For our brothers and sisters outside of the United States, “skin in the game” means to have incurred risk by being involved in achieving a goal 🤔)
So this land is where The Temple is going to be built, it is Mt. Moriah
Up until this point, sacrifices were offered in many different places like Bethel, Gilead, etc.
But at this point sacrifice will only be offered IN ONE PLACE
They had MANY SYNAGOGUES but ONLY ONE TEMPLE
You don’t offer sacrifice in synagogues
You don’t worship in synagogues
You only worship in the Temple in Jerusalem
So this is the beginning of David gathering all the materials and labor to build the Temple
David won’t build the temple, Solomon will
So David gives that task to Solomon after all the materials and labor were gathered
Solomon has to add to these things because he is going to build the Temple for the GLORY OF GOD
The key piece for us is that soon, this Temple will be the ONLY PLACE where they could offer sacrifice
This is going to be CENTRALIZED WORSHIP
That is a big deal and big difference for the lives of the people of Israel
Remember John Ch 4?
Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well
The woman tells him that Samaritans worship in their area but that the Jews say they can only worship in Jerusalem
So who is right?
Jesus points out the day will come when people will worship God in SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
That is a FORESHADOWING of God’s promise of Jesus’ sacrifice of his BODY AND BLOOD which is offered at EVERY SINGLE MASS
That is SO COOL
That is SO INCREDIBLE
So the point of 1 Chronicles Ch 22 (and Ch 21 from yesterday) is that this is going to be the beginning of CENTRALIZED WORSHIP
You can only offer sacrifice IN THE TEMPLE from now on
David gathers the materials and tells Solomon to ADD TO THESE
Because The Temple must be WORTHY OF THE LORD GOD
That’s what we want to be
If you have been BAPTIZED, then you are a TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We want to be a TEMPLE WORTHY OF THE LORD GOD
So ask God,