The story of King David and his son Absalom is filled with the separation of rebellion. David, as the stand-in for the Messiah, seeks the return of his relationship with his beautiful son. Absalom seeks his own way; aims to be master of his own fate. While the story is filled with details, the key is that David pursued the safe return of his son.
We are all guilty rebels; we want to follow God, but do it our way. The whole concept of becoming a slave to become a child of God is a hard road. We are rugged individualists; we solve our own problems and reach for the stars through difficulties.
Jesus says, “Stop grumbling among yourselves.” NIV It is not that difficult, do what God says to do. As Paul put it: no more lies; don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge; get an honest job so that you can help others who can’t work; watch the way you talk; forgive one another. MSG
God is busy encouraging every one of us to return to Him. He does not want us to suffer the death of Absalom. Instead of sending an army to hunt us down, God has sent his son to show us the proper way to live and to prepare the way for our return to God, the Father of us all. God will weep for everyone who refuses to be reunited with Him. His tears will exceed those of David.
Be righteous and do good.