September 2, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 18:1-19:8


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SAA Notes

David mourns for Absalom in a very different way from that of his first child by Bathsheba. David’s grief here leads him to lose control of himself and to almost lose his followers. Jesus’ grief is seen at Lazarus’ grave. One is overcome, and the Other overcomes!

SJA Notes

“But you are worth ten thousand of us.”

Here is the importance of the king!

We see clear parallels, and clear differences, between David and Jesus.

Both kings have followers who would die for them. They hold their king in high regard. They would suffer for their king.

However. Here David mourns in a very different way to Jesus.

David’s breakdown here almost loses him the kingdom.

We need a king whose kingship is stable and rock-solid. A king who mourns with hope, who grows angry at enemies (including that great enemy death), who goes to battle and emerges victorious, saving the lost and lonely, those who cannot help themselves.

How good is it then that we have this king. It is Jesus, hallelujah!

So we can live our lives showing how important it is to us that we have Jesus as our king. When the world seeks to make us feel embarrassment, to disown Jesus – We hold fast to His promises, that He holds us close.

“The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14

* Dear Lord God,

Thank You for calling us, choosing us, for giving to us the gift of faith.

Thank You for Your grace, that You give to us what we do not deserve.

Thank You for Your mercy, that You do not give to us what we do deserve.

Thank You for Jesus, our king who reigns on high.

We take hold of Your promises Lord, to find shelter in Your wings, a steady and sure foundation with Your everlasting arms underneath us.


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