Thursday, December 8, 2016

Absalom Could Not Make the Throne

Initiated by the action of Absalom who wanted to gain control by treachery and deceit, a war was now unavoidable. The army of David had only one choice against the army of Absalom--to defend the throne! The result was the death of Absalom.

Fatherly love notwithstanding, David was the king of Israel, a leader of a multitude of people. At the official level, David was an officer in God's Kingdom which oversaw activities and events in Israel, therefore an official solution was applied. It became God's army versus Absalom"s army. Yet David was not just a king, he was also a father. So like a father, he mourned the death of his son, Absalom. Although God's justice had been done, it was still a loss for David as a father.

David Mourns Absalom
When he got news of his son's death; "The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: "O my son Absalom--my son, my son Absalom--if only I had died in your place! O my son, my son!" (2 Samuel 18:33).
And thus ended the chapter of Absalom. No matter the love for the king's son and the sympathetic feeling towards David the king, that was the end for Absalom. He could not make it to the throne, in spite of all the scheming and plotting.

Covetousness? Greed? Never Enough? Never Satisfied?
Call it what you may, when schemers and plotters plot and scheme under the cover of night or  in broad-day light against the innocent, there's always one place they forget to watch out for--Above! The One who lives above all sees everything. Sometimes the results of such action can be faster than ever anticipated if at all.

Absalom won without the victory; he won but had not the trophy. He needed himself, his life to be able to climb on the throne, but could not, because he won a Pyrrhic victory. The cost was too great--his own life. And so, Absalom could not make it to the throne!

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