Betrayal 

Scripture: (2 Sam 15:31 KJV) And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

We have all been betrayed on one level or another in our lives. Many people are right now suffering the pain and repercussions of being betrayed. Today I want us to go back into the Old Testament and look at how betrayal in the life of King David played out in, order to give us the power to overcome betrayal,  and the wisdom to avoid it. In order to save time I am going to have to give you the highlights of the account of this insurrection found in the book of 2nd Samuel. I would encourage you to read the scriptures yourself and uncover even more insights for your personal situations in life as the Holy Spirit reveals Himself through the living word of God. If you would like to read this account I recommend that you start at the 15th cheaper of 2nd Samuel and read through the 17th. But before we go into the treachery which took place in King David's life I want to tell you a tail of a modern day betrayal and the victory that came through it. 

I asked Rocco if I could use this story and he told me that I could go ahead so I hope it blesses someone with it's message. Rocco for those of you who do not know is a sales manager at Crystal Springs Bottled Water where I work full time. Rocco is more than a manager he is a coach. One of his passions is soccer. He has been coaching soccer teams for many years and has the accolades to prove his ability in this field. For the last couple of years I have noticed a discontentment with his coaching. He has been just as successful as ever, perhaps even more so, but something just wasn't the same. In fact as I just recently found out this was going to be his last year coaching this soccer team. I am not sure of how many of you are familiar with the youth soccer mentality in this country but affluence attempts to purchase success and that does not cut it on the field. Now I know Rocco and he has a big heart but he will not be pushed around. From what I understand as the coach was guiding his team to success a few of the board members discovered that one of the players on the team did not meet what they determined  to be their social standard. They approached Rocco about it and he refused to budge. In fact he rebuked the soccer board members who were Doctors for not themselves taking better care of the people in their own community. Sometimes, how many of you know that when you stand up for what you believe in you better be ready for a fight. That is where the betrayal began. throughout the rest of the season the sedition  grew. Now just weeks before the team is to go into the championship games the board turns the knife and asks the man who has lead their children through troubled adolescent times both on the field and off for years to step down. The Ironic thing about this all is the fact that it was going to be his last year of coaching the team anyway. The fact that there was a conspiracy behind it and people who he trusted turned on him, leaves there nothing to doubt that he had been betrayed. Now, for the outcome of this subversion that I believe will bring God the glory in it all and give Rocco more fulfillment as a coach then he ever had in his career. Within days after the fateful board meeting the phone rang in the office and Rocco answered it to find out that it was a pastor of an inner-city church. As they talked the light began to click on and the match was made. One thing that stuck with me as I heard this story was something that the inner city Pastor told Rocco; maybe the kids in suburbia didn't need the coaching skills that Rocco could give them as much as his inner city kids. I am telling you the truth that even in the midst of betrayal God can, and is, working everything out for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose. What is His purpose? That none should be lost. That every man woman and child might be given the opportunity to know Him and His love for them. OK, now lets quickly get back to the Bible and the three points that I want to make today.

King David was first of all betrayed by his own son Absolom. Then he discovers that one of David's best counselors has also become disloyal to him and is now giving Absolom his wise counsel. David's first reaction is to pray that God would turn his counsel into foolishness. How many times have you wished evil onto people who have done you wrong. Well, God did not answer David's prayer by making Ahithophel's counsel as foolishness, in fact we read in the very next chapter how brilliant this man really was.   (2 Sam 16:23 KJV) And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counseled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

     Let me ask you how you have felt when you were betrayed in the past? It may have been an employer or a business partner or even an employee who took advantage of you. I may have been a loved one, a husband or a wife. It might have been a close family member or even a friend that you thought you could trust. It could have just been a smooth talking salesman the led you down that lonely road of deception. The truth is, the stages that we go through when we are betrayed are very close to those of grief. They are denial, anger, depression and acceptance.  

Real quickly, our three points for today. First our attitude will determine our outcome. Secondly where our loyalty lies our life will follow. Thirdly is the fact that we can overcome betrayal by rebuilding right relationships. I know that this is a lot for one short message but glean as much as you can and seek God for more everyday. If you have ever felt betrayed or hurt or in any in need at all, do not ever stop asking for help, you just might get it. What was King David's attitude towards this man betraying him? Well the first thing he did was he went to God with it. He knew that God was able. Now granted, King David was human just like us and we have some suggestions about how God could fix a situation and we give them to him, often. But the fact is the smartest thing that we can do in any situation is to take it to God. David worshiped God and God delivered him out of every danger and tough situation. There is a lot to cover here but let's get right to the outcome of this betrayal. Even though this man was a brilliant counselor he was not respected by Absolom because of his unfaithfulness. first let's read in 2nd Samuel 17:14 where his counsel is refused.  (2 Sam 17:14 KJV) And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.

Where our loyalty lies our life will follow. If we put our trust in our flesh alone then when our flesh fails us, we fail. People can have their lives in just so much order and yet not give an account for their soul. I want to give you a principle right here and you think about it. There is a direct correlation between your self betrayal and the betrayal you experience in other relationships. In other words what I am saying is that we have let ourselves down. We have been unfaithful to our own personal core conscience. We are the ones that have cheated our own souls out of the joy of living that God intended for us. Our own infidelity to our mission and cause. God intended us to live a full and abundant life yet we believe a lie and take our eyes off the real goal of life which is in Him and we become focused on our selves and forget the truth. The treachery of our flesh robs our spirit of life and sends our souls spiraling downward into fear and despair. But there is redemption. there is salvation. Before we go plummeting over that cliff of eternal damnation, God has thrown us a rope. A life line that has been weaved like a scarlet thread through out history. There are two outcomes in the story of King David's betrayal. The first is the outcome of Ahithophel. (2 Sam 17:23 KJV) And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulcher of his father.

  The second is that of King David's and brings us to the truth of overcoming perfidy by rebuilding right relationships. I want us to look at the 27th, 28th and 29th verse of the 17th chapter of 2nd Samuel. (2 Sam 17:27-29 KJV) And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, Brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

Who were these people that befriended the king? Well the for right now just look at children of Ammon. Just back in the 12th chapter of this same book, King David conquered these people and put them in torture. It is these same people that God tells the children of Israel not to meddle with back in the 2nd chapter of Deuteronomy because God gave that land to the children of Lot. So the outcome is one of reconciliation through forgiveness. Work with me here. We are hurt by one thing or another. We have betrayed our own peace and hurt our hope for tomorrow. But God's will, will be done right here on earth as it is in heaven. There is reconciliation, there is forgiveness, there is hope. You can heal that hurt that lies deep within your core conscience. You can once again look ahead with hope as you turn to a right relationship with God. Allow Him to become your hope and maybe, just maybe for the first time in your life you will discover the true fulfillment of being a child of God. God has made a way. He has marked it clearly throughout history. Seek Him and you will find the victory. Now unto Him who is able to lead you into all truth and present you without blemish before the Father. In Jesus name I pray a blessing upon you this week Amen.