PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 2 Samuel 17-18
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“If only I had died instead of you — O Absalom, my son, my son.” (2 Samuel 18:33)
In this story of betrayal, we see the broken heart of a father for his son.
Even though Absalom would have killed David, David grieves his death.
I sense in this the broken heart of God for his children as well.
We see this broken heart it Jesus, who grieves for God’s wayward children.
“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” (John 1:11)
“You who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37)
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
In Jesus’s case, he does choose to die instead, for God’s children.
David is a flawed king, yet he does give us hints of the future coming messiah.
Jesus, the son of David, is also betrayed, but he does not send out his armies.
Unlike David he goes himself, facing death at the hands of his betrayer.
And love wins, love overcomes evil, love defeats sin and death and restores life.
I am thankful that Jesus died instead of me, so that I can live with him!
Lord, I sense your broken heart when I hold back from you. I sense your love in how you died for me. Thank you for showing me that I am God’s son, despite my flaws and failures.