I am a big fan of mystery books and shows, including “who-dun-it,” crime sorts of dramas. When the characters go undercover, it seems like an adventure into the unknown. Yet they must do amazing work to keep their true identity hidden.
I feel like Hushai is having to do this very careful “acting out” so as to keep his true allegiance a secret. His job initially is to gain the trust of Absalom. It seems that Absalom has a hard time, at least at first, accepting that Hushai has defected, much like David’s trusted advisor Ahithophel already has.
Gossip is rampant in our world. There are whole magazines,
television shows, and other media devoted to it. Why is it so popular? I
suppose because gossip takes the focus off of our own problems and challenges. When
we can spread “news” about others and their struggles, feelings, conversations,
etc., we somehow feel better about ourselves.
But Solomon warns us in verse 19, “A gossip goes
around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.” Avoid
them. Don’t be like them. We should seek to build each other up, not tear them