“I will arise and pursue after David”
17 Moreover Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: 2 and I will come upon him while he is weary and weak-handed, and will make him afraid; and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only; 3 and I will bring back all the people unto thee: the man whom thou seekest is as if all returned: so all the people shall be in peace. 4 And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.
(2 Samuel 17:1-4 ASV)
“The spirit of Judas against Christ is revealed in the wicked and treacherous action of Ahithophel against David. Ahithophel conspired with Absalom as Judas did with the rulers of Judah. He offers a seven-point situation to Absalom. But Absalom was not convinced that this advice would achieve his designs on the throne (vv 1-4).
He was doubtful of the genuineness of the advice of David’s former counsellor, and sought confirmation by Hushai (vv 5,6). David’s future trembled in the balance as the court waited to hear the counsel of Hushai. Hushai sways Absalom (vv 8-14). Contemptuously brushing aside the previous advice as unsound, he drew a picture of the extreme difficulties it presented, then sketched a plan for a general campaign. It succeeded. A warning is sent to David (vv 15-20). There is a near escape as an anonymous sympathiser of David in this apparently bitter and hostile city sent a message, causing David to retreat over the Jordan (vv 21,22). The result of Hushai’s advice causes Ahithophel to commit suicide, as did Judas after him (v 23). As a result civil war erupts in the Land (vv 24-26), whilst the remnant with David is strengthened in exile (vv 27-29). It is a picture of the experiences of the multitudinous Christ as they, with their Lord David, wait in exile until the great King will return to Zion”
Vv 1-3: This counsel was the best calculated to succeed. A quick strike would catch David before he was organized, and cut short a civil war by killing David.