Thursday, April 25, 2013

Son of Man, Son of David

A couple of very interesting finds in my Bible reading today in 2 Sam.15.

Absalom has hatched his plot and David is fleeing from the city. In his flight, Ittai, the Gittite, comes to him seeking to travel with David. David responds, "Go back and take your brothers with you and may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you." Ittai says, "As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be."

Compare this to Luke 9-9:57-62 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.  60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.  62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Jesus directly identifies with David as the promised heir of the eternal throne of David.

Right after this, David, who now has nowhere to lay his head, goes up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. He was in a great passion.

The Garden of Gethsemane is on the Mount of Olives. Of course, this is where Jesus was in deep turmoil, as He was being betrayed and essentially cast out of Jerusalem, even as His father, David, was.

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