Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth

2 Samuel 15:29-37

2 Samuel 15:29

This was a mournful procession indeed. To see a good king in his old age fleeing with heavy heart, covered head, weeping eyes, and bare feet, from the rage of his own son—this was a spectacle of woe such as is seldom seen. Well might the people join in the royal lamentation. Little did David think when he acted so wickedly with Bathsheba that his sin would cost him so dear.

2 Samuel 15:31

David was not too sorrowful to pray. He knew where his strength lay, and took care to resort to his strong helper.

2 Samuel 15:32

Perhaps at the brow of the hill the king paused, looked after the ark, and solemnly prostrated himself in worship. Just as he rose from his knees, he found that God had sent him a valuable ally in the person of Hushai, by whose diplomacy Ahithophel’s devices were to be defeated. When we most honour God he will be most ready to help us. David was glad to see Hushai, but thought that he would be most useful to his cause by returning to Jerusalem:

2 Samuel 15:33, 34

This species of trickery no Christian can approve of, but among Orientals it is highly esteemed. We are sorry that David should fall into it. We must, in this matter, look at him as a warning, rather than as an example.

2 Samuel 17:22, 24, 27-29

The intelligence which Hushai sent by the two young priests induced the king to flee further away, and to retreat beyond the Jordan into the far east of the country.

2 Samuel 17:22

Here was another sad march. It was a gloomy sight to see David and the people fording the Jordan at the dead of night.

2 Samuel 17:24

This wicked young prince hotly pursued his father, and could not be content unless he could shed his blood. Yet this was a son of David! What bad sons may come of holy sires!

2 Samuel 17:27-29

Thus strangers became the good man’s friends. There were some sweetening drops in his cup. The Lord never utterly leaves his people. If he smites them, he at the same time supports them. Let us always trust in him.


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