2 Samuel 16-18, Luke 2:22-52
I have read Luke many times but for some reason the praise given by Simeon never stood out to me until today! “For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
It is very crazy to see how Jesus was like an ordinary teen!
It strikes me reading the OT today how much Absalom hated David. It sounds like Absalom had nursed anger into hatred that David had done nothing to protect Tamar and had sent Amnon to her, and had never punished Amnon. Absalom probably thought David didn’t deserve to be king. Maybe that’s why David wanted to deal kindly with Absalom’s even though he turned traitor, because he knows it was his fault again for his past failures and sins
That’s a great interpretation & relevant to us today! I think our anger can burn in a way that brings change in our circumstances, but left unchecked it can consume us & cause us to justify our actions… like it did for Absalom.
This really helped me get more out of the reading!
In my opinion, David’s greatest failure as a parent was bringing Absalom back to Jerusalem but then waiting two years to forgive him! (2 Sam 14: 28). in fact he wouldn’t even look at him for two years; no wonder Absalom was seething with anger and plotting to take control. Reading back over the past few chapters I see the dance of brokenness in human relationships. I am thankful for Christ’ example of extreme forgiveness. It was needed then and it is needed now.
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