On 2 Samuel 18:33
Certain types or contrasts of the Old Testament are woven in the text in such a remarkable way. Absalom, one of David's sons is a striking case. Absalom means "Father of peace" or "Peace of the father" of which he was neither. The Lord Jesus is the Prince of peace having made peace by the blood of His cross (Col. 1:20), to Him alone belongs the fatherhood (paternity) of true and lasting peace and in Him alone the Father finds His rest.
We see Absalom perish, hanging from a tree, suspended between heaven and earth where his heart was pierced (2 Sa. 18:9-16). Is not the death of this son, loved of David, a picture of the death of the Son of God? But then what a contrast between Absalom and the Lord Jesus: Absalom the proud and rebellious son, Jesus the humble and obedient son, subject to His Father. Absalom did all he could to put himself in disgrace before his father and to dishonor him in every way (2 Sa. 16:21-22); the Lord Jesus always did those things which pleased the Father. Absalom would have most likely killed David; the Lord Jesus gave His life to honor His Father.
Let us now consider the sorrow and pain of David when he cries: "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God that I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!" (2 Sa. 18:33). What a cry of anguish of a father over a son so unworthy of his love! How can we not bow our heads in worship as we think of what it meant to our God and Father when His well Beloved, the object of His delight, was forsaken on the cross, being made sin for us, lifted between heaven and earth, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. Think of these cries: that of the Son, "My God, My God"(Mat. 27:46) and that of the Father "My Son, my Son" (2 Sam. 18:33)!.
Let each one bow and worship in silence! .
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