KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 19:4 ” But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
King David mourned for his son Absalom who had been killed in the battle. This is a very big irony. Absalom was aggressively pursuing David to kill him, and now David mourns for him, throwing the whole camp into sorrow. Absalom was a son but he was a deadly enemy to David. Every one of us have a ‘son’ we love yet he is the worst enemy we have. This ‘son’ is called ‘self’.
The works of this ‘son’ or self-according to Galatians 5:19 expresses himself through the flesh. Just consider some of his works. They include fornication, uncleanness, idolatry sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions etc. The Bible says those who do such things have no place in the kingdom of God. Self is the cause of fear. Many homes are breaking up because self is king inflicting pain and hurts to either husband, wife or children. People’s inability to exercise faith in God is because of self that they love so much.
It was because of the reign of self in the hearts of humanity that Jesus came to die. His death was the slaying of ‘self’ or ‘Absalom’ from our lives (Rom. 6:6). The self is what Gal 2:20 declares that ” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”.
This self is the big I in Everyman. Thank God in Christ the I or self or ‘Absalom’ has been slain. Don’t love the I, keep him or her crucified. You have to always jubilate that self is crucified.
Please note, the impact of the crucifixion of self in our lives is as a result of our faith in what our Lord Jesus did for us. People go into sin when they fail to acknowledge that this self is dead. Remember David’s victory was the execution of Absalom. Dear child of God self is crucified with Jesus. It is Christ who is alive in you. It is no more the self. The Christian is no more self continues, but Christ conscious
Joab came to King David and said to him “You have shamed the faces of all your servants who this day have saved you… “(2nd Samuel 19:5&6)
Joab told David the truth but was wrong with the impression he carried when correcting the leader. Joab rightly showed David that he was loving his enemies and hating the people who sacrificed their lives to save him. What was wrong about Joab’s word to David was when he added “…for I swear by the Lord if you do not go out there will not one stay with you this night… “. What he meant was I will lead a revolt against you. This was wrong of him to talk to the king that way. Keep your loyalty to what God has established. Joab would not have succeeded because David was appointed by God not himself. Leaders must always consider the interest of the larger body, not the minority that are also personal to them.
I do not love the self. It is crucified with Christ and would forever remain crucified. I am a consistent victor because self is no more reigning.
Romans 6:6 ” Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”.
Galatians 5:24 ” And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts”.