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Summary: This sermon shows us what can happen when people hold onto grudges.

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Grudges Are Like A Cancer

2 Samuel 16:15-23

15 Meanwhile Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem; and Ahithophel was with him.

16And so it was, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, "Long live the king! Long live the king!"

17So Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?"

18And Hushai said to Absalom, "No, but whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."

20Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give counsel as to what we should do."

21And Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that you are abhorred by your father. Then the hands of all who are with you will be strong."

22So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the top of the house, and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

23Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

We continue our look at the Life of David.

He has left Jerusalem because his son Absalom

has proclaimed himself king of Israel.

There are 4 main characters in today's Bible passage.

They are Ahithophel, David the King, his son Absalom,

and Hushai, a true friend of David.

Hushai wanted to leave with David and support him.

David thought it was better to send Hushai back to Absalom,

to both spy on Absalom and to give him bad advice.

The bad advice from Hushai was necessary

because Ahithophel was with Absalom.

Ahithophel was famous for his wise counsel.

So David wanted someone on the inside of Absalom's leadership

who might upset Ahithophel's advice.

However, Absalom is suspicious of Hushai.

He says in Verse 17: Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?"

Notice what Hushai says to Absalom in Verses 18 and 19:

No, but whom the LORD and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."

Hushai lied to Absalom, concealing his motives.

Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, "Give counsel as to what we should do."

What does Ahithophel say to Absalom?

"Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; and all Israel will hear that you are abhorred by your father. Then the hands of all who are with you will be strong."

David has lost his throne because there are some people

who have a grudge against him.

What is a grudge?

The dictionary defines it as a "cherished dislike".

Ahithophel and Absalom hold grudges against David.

Point #1. Grudges make you bitter.


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