The Bible is full of ‘prodigal son’ stories where the ‘Father’ graciously reaches out to the wayward son.
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Psalm 119:65 You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as you promised. 66 I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge.
Read - 2 Samuel 14
Absalom desires to come home and be re-united with his father (King David). David is unwilling at first. Joab (a trusted military leader) brings in a woman named Tekoa to tell a story to David that will cause him to look at Absalom’s separation in a different light. The King has a change of heart and let’s Absalom return but not enter his presence. Over time, they are fully re-united. We can be separated from our King (God) through our sin just as Absalom was…his grace is sufficient to bring us back.
Lord, I desire to live in Your grace rather than abandon it.
Note the similarity of this encounter with the Parable of the Prodigal that Jesus tells in Luke 15.
Absalom was clearly a ‘marred by sin’ man. Yet, his father loved him and desired to see him mended. This fore-shadows the great hope of the gospel in our lives. David, a man after God’s own heart, gives us a tiny snapshot of God’s heart to see us Mended by Christ.