Why is it we gather together in person on the Lord’s Day? and how will we press on together in faith, hope and love when the road ahead looks narrow and difficult?
When the tribes of Israel meet at Gilgal, there is not peace and covenant renewal as with Samuel’s meeting but rather rivalries and dissension. David’s silence allows critical divisions to form.
We see in the many attempts to diffuse rivalry and division in Israel after the defeat of Absalom’s rebellion that it is God who keeps the nation from failing and not the rule of the king alone.
The nature and events of Absalom’s death foreshadow the crucifixion and the arrival of the Gospel.