November 3, 2019

Triumph Over Treason

Rev. Dylan Valliere

2 Samuel 18
2 Samuel 19:1-8

Setting the Stage

God’s grace comes on God’s terms and, as is often the case, through human means.

Christ refused to stay where it was safe but entered the fray to win the battle and save his people.

The Traitor’s End

Whatever Absalom’s thoughts and motivation, God had his own purposes that Absalom could not evade.

Absalom’s legacy is going to be disgrace and dishonor.

Absalom and Joab are two sides of the same rebellious coin—neither is willing to fully submit himself to God’s chosen king.

Jesus is the true and better Absalom.

The King’s Anguish

God’s enemies cannot avoid the fate of all who persist in rebelling against God’s king.  Do we love that God is gracious AND just?

Do you and I see, in the death of the true and better Absalom, not merely the death of God’s son but the consequences of our own sin—and grieve?!

The imperfect king David was self-centered at the expense of his people; the perfect king Jesus is God-centered for the good of his people.

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