Who is your best friend?
In 1 Chronicles 27, we are introduced to one of David’s loyal friends - Hushai. His name appears alongside the list of managers, supervisors, and professionals working in David’s kingdom.
Hushai, the Arkite, was from the descendants of Canaan, who is a son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:17). Arkites were inhabitants of the town of Arka, located at the foot of Mount Lebanon. They were the lumber yard workers of the day – distributing cedar wood throughout the region.
David was the eighth and youngest son of Jesse, from the tribe of Judah. He was not born into royalty. He was a humble shepherd who gained fame as a musician and for killing the enemy’s champion, Goliath. He became a prominent leader, the King of Jerusalem.
How did these two men – from different cultures, with varied life experiences, cross paths? What were the circumstances that brought them together? Who was responsible for introducing them to each other?
When David was fleeing Jerusalem and making his way to the Mount of Olives (2 Samuel 15), he was disheartened by his son, Absalom’s action that forced him into exile. The Mount of Olives was a place to worship and meet with God. Upon his arrival, Hushai is found to already be there mourning the hardships in his friend’s life. He was praying for David (15:32).
Hushai willingly entered David’s troubles and provided support, encouragement, and wisdom. He shared his gifts and his resources with David, helping him devise a plan to best deal with his challenging circumstances.