A Warning to Escape

Bible:

Then Hushai said to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, “Thus and so did Ahithophel counsel Absalom and the elders of Israel, and thus and so have I counseled. Now therefore send quickly and tell David, ‘Do not stay tonight at the fords of the wilderness, but by all means pass over, lest the king and all the people who are with him be swallowed up.’” Now Jonathan and Ahimaaz were waiting at En-rogel. A female servant was to go and tell them, and they were to go and tell King David, for they were not to be seen entering the city. But a young man saw them and told Absalom. So both of them went away quickly and came to the house of a man at Bahurim, who had a well in his courtyard. And they went down into it. And the woman took and spread a covering over the well’s mouth and scattered grain on it, and nothing was known of it. When Absalom’s servants came to the woman at the house, they said, “Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?” And the woman said to them, “They have gone over the brook of water.” And when they had sought and could not find them, they returned to Jerusalem.

After they had gone, the men came up out of the well, and went and told King David. They said to David, “Arise, and go quickly over the water, for thus and so has Ahithophel counseled against you.” Then David arose, and all the people who were with him, and they crossed the Jordan. By daybreak not one was left who had not crossed the Jordan. II Samuel 17:15-22 ESV

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. Romans 5:9 ESV

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28 ESV

Reflection:

Do you and your family know what to do in a disaster? Many people have a disaster plan for a fire or a flood or a hurricane or an earthquake. They have a place to meet and an escape route planned, and maybe even a disaster kit to take with them as they run away from danger. Some disasters, like house fires and earthquakes, happen without warning. But people can often see other disasters like wildfires and hurricanes and floods coming, and that gives us time to get ready and get away. Having a warning makes it more likely that people can escape to safety in a disaster.

David and the people with him were given a warning by Hushai. Hushai had gone back to Jerusalem and pretended to be on Absalom’s side. He had persuaded Absalom to wait before coming after David. Then he sent David a warning to get away across the Jordan River and to know that Absalom was planning to muster all the tribes against him. Hushai’s messengers told David to run away and to be ready for Absalom’s attack, and this warning saved David’s life. He was able to get away and prepare to defend himself and his kingdom.

There is one final disaster coming to our world. God is coming to judge all the evil that spoiled his beautiful creation. He’s appointed his Son Jesus to carry out judgment and anger against everything wicked and evil in the world. But God has warned us about this disaster. He wants us to escape, so he’s warned us in his Word, the Bible, that judgment is coming. God not only wants us to escape, but he’s given us an escape route, and a place of safety. Our escape route and our safety is Jesus. Jesus died on the cross to take all the wrath and judgment of God for our sins on himself. Jesus brings us to the safety of his love and forgiveness, and because of that we don’t have to worry about God’s wrath and judgment. Instead, we know we have complete safety and peace with God.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us Jesus to give us an escape route and safety from the disaster that is coming. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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