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

* God in Heaven, incline Your ear and answer us, please preserve our life – save us Your servants, who trust in You! You are our God.

“But you are worth ten thousand of us.”

Here is the importance of the king!

We see both parallels and differences between David and Jesus.

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


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 and injustice, who goes to battle and emerges victorious, saving the lost and lonely, those who cannot help themselves.

We need Jesus, hallelujah!

When the world seeks to make us feel embarrassment, to disown Jesus, we are to hold fast to His promises,

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

* Dear God,

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 deserve.

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


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