David: A Pre-Incarnate Picture of Jesus

We ended yesterday’s discussion with a question: Is it possible the return of King Jesus to Jerusalem was foretold by or through David?  I think it is possible.  Let’s examine 2 Samuel 19 for some insight.

To set a bit of context:

  • Though Israel won a battle, King David lost his son, Absalom.
  • King David was in mourning over the loss of his son.
  • Joab rebuked King David, insisting that he appear before the people.
  • Yet, the people of Israel fled to their homes (verse 8), and David fled into the Judean Wilderness.

Let’s pick it up with verses 9-12:

And all the people were arguing throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled out of the land from Absalom. But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?” And King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar the priests: “Say to the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his house, when the word of all Israel has come to the king? You are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?’”

The people realized the king was gone, and the first question (verse 10) was: “Why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?”  Isn’t that an interesting question? Let’s look at some parallels that resemble Jesus and His lament over Jerusalem.

First, there was mourning for loss.  David mourned over the loss of his son, Absalom; Jesus mourned over the “loss” of recognition of the Messiah by His people.  David crossed the Kidron Valley, over the Mount of Olives, to the Judean Wilderness to lament his loss; Jesus lamented for Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.  In each case, the people were left kingless.

Secondly, look at the question that was asked three different times in verses 10-12: “Why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?”  The Jews were David’s people, yet they were the last to bring the king home.  The Jews were also Jesus’ people…and they have yet to bring the King home!

A great many Jews, once scattered, are now back in their homeland, just as Ezekiel prophesied (Ezekiel 36-37).  The Gospel of Jesus Christ has reached practically the entire world.  Yet, the words of King David to the Jews ring true, even today:

Why should you be the last to bring the king back?

Indeed, a sobering question for Jewish ears.

There’s much to consider, isn’t there?  But friends, we’re not done yet!  The very best is yet to come, so don’t miss tomorrow’s study!  Meanwhile, I hope you will pray diligently for the Jewish people to have minds to understand that the King of Kings, the Messiah of Israel, will return just as soon as He is welcomed back.

See you tomorrow!

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