We all know the parable of the prodigal son; a son leaves his father and disgraces him, only later to come back seeking forgiveness to which his father accepts him. (It is a nice story.) However, what would have happened if the father was not quite so perfect? What if the son was not quite so repentant? We have in the story of David and Absalom a story of a different prodigal son (which does not have quite so happy an ending.)
I encourage you to read of this Story in 2 Samuel.
2 Samuel 18:28 …. (NCV) Then Ahlmaaz called a greeting to the King. He bowed facedown on the ground before the King on the ground before the King and said, “Praise the Lord your God! The Lord has defeated those who were against you, my King.”
2 Samuel 18:30 …. (NCV) Then the King was very upset, and he went to the room over the city gate and cried. As he went, he cried out, ” My Son Absalom, my son Absalom! I wish I had died and not you. Alsalom, my son, my son!” Had Absalom not died for his rebellion against David, he would have lived on and would have continued to revolt until either he or his father was dead. In the parable of the prodigal son, however, the son is allowed to return and be reconciled to his father. Why? Because of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
David had said, “Absalom, O Absalom, if only I had died instead.” Well, that’s exactly how God felt about us, and that’s exactly what Jesus Christ did for us, coming to earth and dying on a cross so that our price would be paid once and for all and we could be reconciled to Him. However, we recall the sacrifice, which God has accomplished, is only half of the equation. For, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17. We cannot be trying to justify or hide our sin and at the same time acknowledge our need for forgiveness of that sin. We cannot be saved by Jesus’ death if we do not acknowledge our great need for His death. The price for us has been paid in full. The only question which remains is whether or not we recognize the cost.
Sometimes we can sin and not even realize what we are doing, due to spiritual blindness or even neglect of God’s Word. Sometimes we can sin even because of our own selfishness and wants of things in this world. Sometimes, just as Job was tested we can be tested. Can we pass the test? It is often that we can react in such a manner when we allow our human nature to control us. For when we focus on the things of this world it is then we can all short of God’s Glory and be displeasing to our Father who gave His Son to die for our sins when they nailed him to the cross at Calvary.
However, when you are a child of God, He will reveal to you with His Precious Holy Spirit when something is not right and pleasing to him. And yes, often times it can be an Angel in human form with a message that can awaken you to the reality that you are off track. It is then that we must repent so that we may walk pleasing in the midst of the Lord our God. For Jesus, God’s only Son paid the price for our salvation and in return let us walk worthy before the Lord our God with a heart of gratitude and let us humble ourselves with submission to our God and His love for us. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY”