THE AID OF AHIMAAZ AND JONATHAN
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 17: 15-22
15 Then said Hushai unto Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, Thus and thus did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel; and thus and thus have I counselled.
16 Now therefore send quickly, and tell David, saying, Lodge not this night in the plains of the wilderness, but speedily pass over; lest the king be swallowed up, and all the people that are with him.
17 Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz stayed by Enrogel; for they might not be seen to come into the city: and a wench went and told them; and they went and told king David.
18 Nevertheless a lad saw them, and told Absalom: but they went both of them away quickly, and came to a man's house in Bahurim, which had a well in his court; whither they went down.
19 And the woman took and spread a covering over the well's mouth, and spread ground corn thereon; and the thing was not known.
20 And when Absalom's servants came to the woman to the house, they said, Where is Ahimaaz and Jonathan? And the woman said unto them, They be gone over the brook of water. And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.
21 And it came to pass, after they were departed, that they came up out of the well, and went and told king David, and said unto David, Arise, and pass quickly over the water: for thus hath Ahithophel counselled against you.
22 Then David arose, and all the people that were with him, and they passed over Jordan: by the morning light there lacked not one of them that was not gone over Jordan.
The above Scripture describes the aid of Ahimaaz and Jonathan during Absalom’s rebellion. What a dynamic duo! Ahimaaz was the son of Zadok, the priest, whose name means righteousness and Jonathan was the son of Saul, who represents a passing order, yet Jonathan’s allegiance was to David, God’s beloved king. Their secrecy was compromised and a woman, who speaks to the Church, protected them from an enemy in hot pursuit. Her method of protection speaks volumes to the hearer.
The woman hid them in a well, pointing to that which has tapped into a hidden river of living water. Living water speaks to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The warfare between Absalom and his father, David, was now being fought on spiritual ground, and the enemy was unaware of the secret, spiritual position of Ahimaaz and Jonathan. While they were secure from the enemy’s reach and wrath, the enemy was being led away captive without realizing it.
The woman covered the well’s mouth. The word “mouth” is the Hebrew word paniym which means “face.” To the enemy of God and His people, His glory is always veiled or covered. All the while He is doing wonders, the enemy is oblivious to His mighty Power. God is glorified in righteousness and true repentance which together, Ahimaaz and Jonathan personify. Inside that well was a ministration of righteousness that can never be seen on through the eyes that have been anointed with “eyesalve” (Revelation 3:18). The ministration of the Spirit was in glorious operation through the woman or the Church.
On the covering of the well, the woman placed ground corn. Corn represents the Word of God. As a work in righteousness in going on, God’s Word is being fulfilled. The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ give a clear and up-close view of this wonderful Fact. Fulfilled Word was used by the woman (The Church) to protect Ahimaaz and Jonathan who also that speak to the end of the old, carnal order through a complete work in righteousness. They successfully delivered their message to David aiding him in a great deliverance from the hand and intent of the enemy. This spiritual snapshot of Deliverance was fulfilled once for all in the obedience of the Just and Holy One, Jesus Christ, the Righteous.