2 Samuel 18* Absalom's army defeated. (1-8) He is slain. (9-18) David'sover-sorrow. (19-33)1-8 How does David render good for evil! Absalom would haveonly David smitten; David would have only Absalom spared. Thisseems to be a resemblance of man's wickedness towards God, andGod's mercy to man, of which it is hard to say which is mostamazing. Now the Israelites see what it is to take counselagainst the Lord and his anointed. 9-18 Let young people look upon Absalom, hanging on a tree,accursed, forsaken of heaven and earth; there let them read theLord's abhorrence of rebellion against parents. Nothing canpreserve men from misery and contempt, but heavenly wisdom andthe grace of God. 19-33 By directing David to give God thanks for his victory,Ahimaaz prepared him for the news of his son's death. The moreour hearts are fixed and enlarged, in thanksgiving to God forour mercies, the better disposed we shall be to bear withpatience the afflictions mixed with them. Some think David'swish arose from concern about Absalom's everlasting state; buthe rather seems to have spoken without due thought. He is to beblamed for showing so great fondness for a graceless son. Alsofor quarrelling with Divine justice. And for opposing thejustice of the nation, which, as king, he had to administer, andwhich ought to be preferred before natural affection. The bestmen are not always in a good frame; we are apt to over-grievefor what we over-loved. But while we learn from this example towatch and pray against sinful indulgence, or neglect of ourchildren, may we not, in David, perceive a shadow of theSaviour's love, who wept over, prayed for, and even suffereddeath for mankind, though vile rebels and enemies.
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