Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 18 (day five)
As we read of the death of Absalom, we see the flawed love of king David. Only after Absalom is killed, does David refer to him as “my son”. David’s life is a picture of an imperfect king. This picture should serve to point us to the Gospel that proclaims a perfect King who offers forgiveness and restoration. Jesus teaches us about the perfect love of a father in the parable of the prodigal son. How different was David’s example. (Absalom returns to Jerusalem after rebelling and David won’t even meet with him- 2 Samuel 14). In Jesus’ parable, the father runs to meet and restore his son. Absalom, the prodigal, and we all deserve death for the rebellion and public humiliation we have committed against a Holy God. But the perfect King offers forgiveness thru His own death. A reality of the gospel and only a sentiment of an imperfect king. Let us celebrate the perfect love of our Father and King in heaven!!