God Loves Absalom

Recently I was pondering the Gospel and had a surprising realization about a basic tenet of the Gospel: Jesus came to earth as a man!

If he were here we might have seen him at a church conference. I would have been just as skeptical of his claim to be the Son of God as the rest. I started wondering to God, “How come he had to come as a human?” Logically, I know its because he had to be a human to redeem us. But still… why?

That night I read a passage while flipping through the Bible. It was 2 Samuel 18:24-33. It was the story of King David awaiting the news of his rebellious son Absalom.

31 Then the Cushite arrived and said, “My lord the king, hear the good news! The LORD has delivered you today from all who rose up against you.”
32 The king asked the Cushite, “Is the young man Absalom safe?”
The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.”
33 The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!”

King David was innocent but he would rather have died in this battle than his rebellious son Absalom. Years later, God fulfilled the act that King David expressed. That incident must have been nothing but heartache to King David but for believers its a foretelling of God’s heart for his Absaloms

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