David’s final confrontation with his son Absalom is, perhaps, one of the great tragedies in the Bible. Absalom staged a coup against his father David. So, they met for battle. 2 Samuel 18 records the end of this rebellion and Absalom’s final moments. David told the men to be gentle with Absalom. But as Absalom’s long, stylish hair got caught in a tree, Joab dealt the deadly blow. Even still, Absalom’s undoing was not by the hands of David or his men, it was his pride. It was as if God set up Absalom to get caught in the tree and then left it to the men to see how they would deal with him as he hung there. Interestingly, the Bible also says that the LORD holds the man cursed who hangs upon a tree (DEUTERONOMY 21:23), which is how both Absalom and Jesus Christ died. Many times in the Bible, the LORD sets people up to see how they will choose to deal with others. Yet, the mercy of the LORD is beyond our understanding that He should come in the flesh and hang on a tree like a cursed man to take our sins away. We should listen to Him.
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