Funerals are always tough, and with the passing of a person in our family, it is that much harder to bear. This is especially true when the person that has passed on to the grave happens to be one of our own children. These kinds of funeral services are very sad indeed, where there are not enough kleenexes to dry people’s eyes. It only brings some sort of hope into our one’s heart, that is grieving,i they knew that the person who died loved Jesus and was saved. This is sobering, but still hard since a person we deeply loved is no longer with us in this life. The same can be said for Absalom, whom David loved, but lost in a very gritty war. The way he died was very sad, but it all started because of his covetousness for David’s kingdom. He didn’t just want to wait around and do the king’s bidding, but wanted to first become the judge of the land, and then eventually the king. However, in his attempt to become king he did things that were not right in the sight of the people of Israel and God, where He was pretty much forcing His dad out of the equation. What is interesting in all of this, is that David’s love did not stop for his son. He wished that he would simply learn his lesson and then give up his wicked ways, but instead Absalom had to learn the heard way, that what he was doing was wrong. Yous during this war, 1“Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.” (2 Samuel 18:9,10) There he was hanging, but not dead yet, just waiting for someone to cut him down, that he may be free. Did this happen? You will find out next.
We will now look at how Absalsom’s life ended, which was very sad. It is recorded that Joab said, 1“I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. And ten young men that bare Joab’s armour compassed about and smote Absalom, and slew him. And Joab blew the trumpet, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back the people. (2 Samuel 18:14-16) David did ask his men not to harm his son, but they killed him anyways, which devastated him. Here is what happened soon after this. 1“And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is. And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2 Samuel 18:32,33) Absalom meant the world to David and to know that he was dead was devastating. The people did not understand his love for his child, and people do not understand how this kind of loss affects us as parents as well. As it is must have been hard for David to see his son die, it will be even harder to know if our kids died in their unbelief with God. Therefore, keep pursuing your children with the truths of God. Pray for them and keep sharing the gospel, and maybe one day their hearts will turn to Jesus and be saved.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love You and only wish that my children would love on You as well. May they come to know You like I have come to know You personally over the years. Shine down Your light upon me, that they may see You in me. Help me be an example of what it really means to be a Christian, that they will see Your love in me and want to know how to have this love in their lives also. I know that I can only be an example of the faith and try to raise them that way, but my daughters need to choose for themselves to give their lives to You. I just pray that they will see the need to trust in You and not just believe in You, because I do. I don’t want my kids to have faith simply because of their parent’s faith, but decide to have faith for themselves, which leads to salvation. So even at a young age, give them over to know what is right and wrong in Your sight. Help them not be confused with things, because the world teaches differently. May they know that what the Bible says is the true authority and if things go against what You have said, then it is wrong. All I wish is that they would want to know what You, and then follow You in faith. We only have such little time in this life before our life is up, so I pray that my daughters will give their heart, mind, and soul to following You before that time comes. It is my prayer that when their time does come, and then judgment awaits them, that they will be ready. Then, will there be only tears of joy to follow. For they are now with the king of glory forevermore. And I will be with them, for as believers, we are all made sons and daughters in Your kingdom. I also pray for my wife, that she will be with us in heaven also. I love You, Jesus. I trust in You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.