THE REBELLIOUS TEENS
... bfook of 11 Samuc-1. 11 @iamue-1 cha-,ter number 18, re&ding verse 32 to
the end of the chapter. II Samuel 18, 32 following:
32 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.
33 And the king [Davidl was ... moved, and went tip to the
chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he
said, 0 my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I
had-died for thee, 0 AbsaiGm, " son, iny son!
Let's pray together. Father it never ceases to amaze us as we open thy
book and the Holy Spirit takes very familiar passages and illumines them
brand new in our minds and our hearts and our lives. Lord, right now
you speak. Let me get out of the way so that thy word and thy holy and
divine message might be heard, received, understood, and put into
practice every day in which we live. For we make this prayer through
Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen.
Perhaps the most plantive cry in all the Bible are the words of David as
he said, "...Absalom, 0 Absalom, my son Absalom! would God I had died
for the, 0 Absalom, my son, my son [my son]."
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I heard someone say that. Not in those words. There was a terrible
accident. The news came back to the home that a teenage son was dead
and the father in great grief began to wring his hands and he said, "Oh,
I should have died, I deserve to die. I should have died. I should
have died. I'd give anything if I could have died in his place." Great
grief. This is what David was experiencing. Real grief. ...
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