I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD. Sorry, but I had to put that in all caps, because it’s every bit deserving of it. I couldn’t help but write a quick blog about this bombshell of a verse that I stumbled across in my reading this morning. If you follow my blog, even though there are only a few people that I know of (LOL), you know that I’m trying my best this year to key in Old Testament stories and texts. To understand the stories better, to pay better attention to them, to gain a better theological viewpoint as a result and ultimately to find Christ in them. Boy did I hit the jackpot this morning. I mean I’m literally amped up as I type this. Why have I never seen this verse before? What type of half-committed reading was I doing in the past to miss this?
Here’s the background for the story: David, who had a family that it would be fair to say was – morally challenged, had a son named Amnon who raped his half-sister Tamar. Tamar, was the sister of Absalom. Absalom surprisingly played off the tragedy, to some degree, in the presence of his sister Tamar. But privately Absalom was furious with his half-brother, Amnon, and never spoke to him again after learning what he had done. Two years later he secretly plotted to have his brothers, David’s “other sons”, to kill Amnon while he was intoxicated. They did it, and fled. Fearing for his life Absalom fled as well, knowing that he was a wanted man. All of the king’s sons returned with the exception of Absalom, the perpetrator. Absalom then disappeared for three years. Then David’s nephew, Joab, knowing that David longed to see his son Absalom again devised a plan. He sent for a wise women from Tekoa to sympathize with David, by sharing a tragic, but heartfelt story of her own. After sharing, she asked David why he wasn’t personally convicted by her story as well? Why had he not yet allowed his banished son to return home? And then she dropped a theological bombshell on him…….
2 Samuel 14
13 The woman said, “Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son? 14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.
Did you catch that little dime right there (underlined and bold)? The tone of it is salvific. With human beings there’s often no forgiveness. A man commits murder and he’s banished to solitary confinement and life in prison. But, with God this not true. He not only desires, but even goes as far as to devise ways so that a banished person never remains banished from him. POW!!!!! If that’s not an accurate image of God first pursuing men, I’m not sure what it is. He’s busy pursuing well before they even know they’re being pursued. Talk about the grace of God?! He’s pursuing men regardless of whether they’re pursue-worthy in the eyes of men. Even murderers like Absalom! Yes, he (Absalom) justly (in a worldly sense) avenged his sister Tamar. However, what he did was wrong in both the eyes of men and God (Do not repay evil with evil….). However,………
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
And what more could I possibly add to that? Nothing other than obedience to a God who pursues me even though I’m not worthy. Here we find an invaluable picture of God’s heart toward men, and that same heart reflected in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ. Incredible! 😉 Grace to You…..