SATURDAY 30 April, 2016
Seeing the King’s Face
So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem. And the king said, “Let him return to his own house, but do not let him see my face.” So Absalom returned to his own house, but did not see the king’s face. - 2 Samuel 14:23-24
Absalom was home because of Joab’s interference; David was forced to bring him back. Although on his own land, Absalom would remain separated from his father for another two years.The king still did not want to see him face to face (2 Samuel 14:28). For his revengeful murder of Amnon, Absalom spent a total of five years separated from his father. Imagine, there was no real healing for what had happened in the past.
If only God had been given the time to work in both their hearts. Then this scenario would have been completely different. Through forgiveness, restored fellowship may have happened and their unity reestablished. Sadly, unknown to David was Absalom’s evil heart. He had a hidden agenda. In the near future his son would turn against him. Imagine, David had just brought home his enemy and he was in grave danger.
God is our Holy King seated on heaven’s throne. In Exodus 33:20, God told Moses:“You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” Without Christ’s blood shed on the cross to take care of our sins––we would have never been able to see God face to face!
Imagine in 1 Corinthians 13:12 repentant sinners have now been given a great promise for when they enter heaven: For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. Eternity is before each one of us; have you taken care of your sins at the cross? Only then will you be able to see God’s face.
When You said,“Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
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