The End of All Weeping
Day: 46 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel
Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 15
2 Samuel 15:30 (NIV) "But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up."
Do you ever feel like pain and sorrow are chasing you down? Like you just can’t outrun all of the hurt?
David was a man who could certainly understand. He spent a significant amount of time before he became king running for his life from King Saul. And now, in today’s passage, we find him having to run from his very own son, Absalom.
But whereas Saul openly sought David’s life, we find Absalom sneaking around behind his father’s back in an effort to rip the kingdom from David’s hands. Absalom goes so far as to position himself early each morning at the city’s gate to try to woo any who passed by. With slick promises and conspiratorial kisses, Absalom easily steals “the hearts of the people of Israel” (2 Samuel 15:6b).
Spies are gathered. Plans for total overthrow are made. And it isn’t long before David receives word that his kingdom is crumbling right in front of him. (2 Samuel 15:13)
In light of these events, David sees that his situation is desperately dangerous. He must escape. The route we find him taking to escape the city, weeping as he goes, is across the Kidron Valley, through the Garden of Gethsemane, over the Mount of Olives and into the Judean desert. This was the known escape route for those needing to quickly flee from danger in Jerusalem.
Within this story we are reminded of a larger story – the people of God are continually wayward in their love and affections toward their king. They allow their hearts to be captivated by others. They are prone to stray. This was true for King David and it would be true of another King who would come from David’s bloodline generations later – King Jesus.
Years later, Jesus would sit in the Garden of Gethsemane, the very gateway of this known escape route, facing extreme danger. We read about Jesus in these difficult moments in Mark 14:34-36: “‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them. ‘Stay here and keep watch.’ Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. ‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’”
His people were turning against Him. Jesus wasn’t meeting their expectations as king. They wanted Him dead.
Recently, I was in the Holy Land and as I sat in the Garden of Gethsemane, my heart was overcome with the reality of what Jesus was facing while in that very place. He knew He could escape. He knew He could flee like David had done. He knew the way to take to save Himself.
But Jesus stayed so He could save us.
Though my heart strays from Him, Jesus’ heart is compelled to stay for me.
Jesus ends His prayer to God with 9 earthshaking, demon-quaking, hell-shattering words, “Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36b). In other words, He completely submitted to God’s plan because He knew in the end, it was best.
Jesus was the only King who perfectly fulfilled God’s will.
As we read the story of King David we must always remember that he simply points to the better David – Jesus, who is the King of kings. The contrast between David’s experience and Jesus’ is important.
- Both David and Jesus weep on the Mount of Olives. David weeps over the betrayal and potential loss that he faces – all things that affect him personally. Jesus weeps over the city and people of Jerusalem.
- As David escapes over the Mount of Olives, he faces the potential loss of his kingdom. As Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane at the base of the Mount of Olives, He begins His journey to the cross where He will conquer sin and death and establish the kingdom of heaven.
- David’s kingdom will eventually be war torn and broken. The kingdom of heaven will reign forever.
What does this mean for us today?
I would imagine we can all relate to David’s weeping. Our lives are riddled with evidence we live in a broken world – loss, hurt, death, betrayal, heartbreak and relationship breakdowns. But might we also remember Jesus’ weeping as well. He hurts when we hurt. And that’s the exact reason He made a way for us to one day enter His eternal kingdom where there will be no more sorrow and no more weeping. Praise God!
Prayer: Lord, I can’t thank You enough for the fact that You stayed. You stayed and suffered the pain of the cross for me. You willingly paid the price for my sin so that I can spend eternity with You in a kingdom where all pain and suffering will be brought to an end. May the truth of Your sacrifice sink in ever deeper — piercing my heart in the sweetest of ways. And may it stir this sometimes wandering heart of mine to stay faithful, stay hopeful, stay devoted to You, my King. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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