2 Samuel 15-17
Wow, the chapters I read today are not for the faint hearted!
King David is forced to flee for his life again, but this time from his son, Absalom who decides to crown himself King. Whilst David is away from Jerusalem, having left some wives behind, Absalom takes them for himself to insult his father as per Nathan’s predictions.
God stated that David’s family would rebel against him, what a rebellion!
On my commute, I was reflecting on these passages, wondering what this could mean to me today and I remembered how I rebelled against God before he saved me. These passages in 2 Samuel may provide examples of rather severe and extreme rebellion from a son towards his father, but we learn about its destructive power and the need to deal harshly with it.
I guess it’s a real challenge to us all as we are all rebellious by nature.
I find myself going back to one of David’s Psalms, Psalm 139:23/24, to seek God’s thoughts; to see where my rebellion lies;
‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out everything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life’
This could be painful, but I think it will be well worth it when you consider what happens to the rebellious in the bible. For example, the Israelites rebelled against God and were forced to wander in the desert for 40 years, the angels who were once pure and holy and living in the presence of God gave in to pride and rebelled against God;
‘And I remind you of those angels who were once pure and holy, but turned to a life of sin. Now God has them chained up in prisons of darkness, waiting for the judgment day.’ (Jude 1:6)
And I know that Absalom, King David’s rebellious son, meets his own untimely and violent death not long after his major rebellion against his father, silly boy!