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Real Life Frenemies

Posted: Thursday, March 12

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Numbers 16:41-18:32
Mark 16:1-20
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 11:7

 

Verse of the day:

Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God. (Psalm 55:13-14)


You’ve probably never heard of David’s friend, Ahitophel. If asked, “who was David’s friend?”, most people would think of Jonathan. Jonathan was faithful, generous, and a protector of David’s future. So what was Ahitophel’s story?

 

In II Samuel 17, we learn of a man named Ahitophel who once served as a counselor in David’s court. David’s son Absalom plans a revolt; Ahitophel abandons David and begins conspiring with Absalom to kill David and overturn the throne. In Psalm 55, David is talking about Ahitophel when he says…

 

“It is not an enemy who taunts me—I could bear that. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—I could have hidden from them. Instead, it is you—my equal, my companion and close friend.”

 

Few wounds cut deeper than the wounds of a close friend. Your actions and your words have a magnified impact on the people that you love the most. Who have you invited into the inner counsel of your life? Are you protecting the ones that are most important to you?

 

Ahitophel’s schemes begin to unravel. Absalom abandons him, and Ahitophel returns home to kill himself. We can only imagine how Ahitophel’s story could have ended if he had remained a faithful friend to David. Let’s honor and love the ones that God has placed in our lives.