Today’s faithful daily read comes from 2 Sam 16 and Heb 5:1-10. David, betrayed and rejected makes his way “across the Kidron valley to the edge of the desert…and continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went” (ch15). Sound familiar?… “When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it” Jesus chose the pathway that David chose as he left Jerusalem a broken king. In a way the Bible offers us 2 kings. One king messes up completely and is rejected by his son. The other king is a faithful son who takes the path of rejection for the sins of the world.
It’s sad to see the mighty David laid so low. Where is the young giant slayer that stepped out invincible with a few stones in the name of Lord? Even so, he refuses to kill Shimei the pathetic, weak adversary who is now throwing stones at him. He speaks remarkably of God’s sovereignty even in this lowest point of his life, “Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.”
In Hebrews, we don’t see Jesus the ‘king’ but Jesus the ‘priest-king’ just like the ancient Melchizedek, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”
The world over, fathers weep over tragic stories of messed up sons. Can we imagine how the Father and Son in perfect love must weep over the tragic story of messed up humanity? More than weep, this Son treads the pathway of rejection to bring us to his Father—restored and made whole.
However brokeness touches your relationships today, think of Jesus the Son who treads your path before you. Be glad in the Son.