The death of the “Son of David”

Re: Verse reading–2 Samuel 13:1-2, 20-22,30-37, 2 Samuel 14:21-24, 2 Samuel 15:7-14, 2 Samuel 18:6-15, 33 (day seven)
David’s cry touches my heart.  “My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you”  (18:33)  I am certain he was sincere.  Death is often easier than life–preferred over the burden that God requires us to carry.  The crown, however, belonged on David’s head.  Not Absalom’s.  David had to survive so that Christ could come.  The true “Son of David” would also die.  Not in rebellion against authority, but in submission to it.  Not in an attempt to gain glory for himself, but in an act of obedience that would bring “many sons to glory”  Strange irony.  David preferred his own death if his son might  live.  God planned for His Son to die so that others might have life.  David’s assignment was to survive.  Christ’s assignment was to die.  God’s deep, unbending grace requires courage and submission of us all.   Not my will but thine be done.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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