by John Barnett

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David: When Life Doesn't Turn Out As Planned (33 of 49)
Series: Discovering David's Spiritual Secret
John Barnett
II Samuel 15:13-37

There is probably no more touching, poignant moment in all the incredible life of David than the scene of 2 Samuel 15:13-37.

To the loud wails of the country people who watched (v. 23) a somber band of commanders in their armor walked in formation. They were surrounding the King of Israel now deposed by a rebellious son, driven from his throne, banished from his city, fleeing for his life.

David walks head down, tears dropping silently to the ground. His face is wet, his eyes are swollen and red, his head is covered as he trudges heavily down the slopes of Zion toward the brook called Kidron.

Stepping across the stones as the water ran across them, the steep upward incline of the path pointed David feet towards the Mt. of Olives green with countless olive trees. Nearby where David walked and wept would be a Garden called Gethsemane where the Son of David would also walk and weep--both for the sins of others.

"and David wept as he went up the Mt. of Olives" (2 Samuel 15:30).

David who had faced lions and bears, armies and giants--stumbles out of his beloved Jerusalem with eyes blurred by his own tears. He is fleeing for his life. He has left everything--behind him is the Ark of God, behind him is the Tent of God's Presence, behind him is Zion the City of His Great God, behind him are the trophies of all his battles, the treasures amounting to the largest personal fortune in gold and silver ever amassed by anyone David walked, wept, and covered his head.

As we open again to the final chapters of David's life, we find that David's final years from God's perspective, begin with his fall into sin with Bathsheba.

Everything from 2 Samuel 11-12 (Bathsheba) to 1 Kings 2 (David's death) is touched, affected, and colored by that event.

God forgives the sins, and God forgets the iniquities. But ...

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