Reading the scriptures telling of the life of King David recently; God showed me something. There is a principle throughout God’s word I would like to briefly share with you. I have discovered that God reveals heavenly things to us through earthly examples.
One example of this is found with Moses and the Tabernacle. God apparently gave Moses the pattern to the earthly Tabernacle by showing him the heavenly one. So we see that we can learn things about the heavenly realm from things here in the earthly realm. This is only an example to help you to understand what I am about to reveal to you.
With this in mind let’s proceed. In the story of King David we are introduced to one of his sons Absalom. The Bible says “Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him.” While reading through this story I became aware that the description and behavior of Absalom in the earthly realm reminded me of someone else in the heavenly realm. His name is Lucifer.
The Bible describes this Lucifer as having the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. While this verse says it is about the king of Tyre it is understood by most to be talking of Lucifer. The scripture goes on to say “You were in Eden, the garden of God;” so we know the king of Tyre wasn’t in Eden, therefore it is actually addressing the power behind the king of Tyre which is none other than Lucifer himself.
Not only were both Absalom and Lucifer described as perfect or, shall we say handsome, they were also seeking to rule. Absalom set himself up in the gate to judge the people. He was usurping his father David’s authority and stealing the hearts of the people. He would tell the folks “See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.” Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give them justice.” And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel. Lucifer had the same aspirations.
The scriptures say of Lucifer “you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
If you haven’t already put this together let me just tell you. In this analogy King David is “God” and Absalom is “Lucifer.” Absalom was bound and determined to take the throne of David from him. There is a great turmoil, plotting and conspiracy swirling around David and his throne. Absalom has men giving him counsel about how to defeat David so he can rule the people in his stead. The plan was to track down David, kill him and bring all the people back to Absalom. There was a man named Hushai who double crossed Absalom and thwarted the plans. Hushai sent message to David about Absalom’s plans and Absalom ended up dead.
It seems as if Absalom had the same root problem as Lucifer and that is pride. Absalom had men around him telling him how he should be king and it didn’t take much to convince him. This same pride cost both of these their position. Like Absalom, Lucifer also fell. We see with Lucifer that he caused even a third of the angels to fall with him. Just as Absalom there was war between Lucifer and his angels and Michael and his angels. The outcome was also very similar; the King on the throne was the victor. In heaven it was God and on the earth it was King David; a man after God’s own heart.
Now we come to the end of this parallel story. In the end David told his men to deal gently with Absalom or in other words don’t kill him. Things didn’t turn out that way after all. Absalom was riding his donkey under a tree and he was caught by his hair. He was hanging between heaven and earth. He was thrust through with spears and died hanging there between heaven and earth. Absalom’s final resting place was a pit. Just as Absalom, one day Lucifer will also find himself in a pit.
Absalom died hanging on a tree. The Bible says “cursed is anyone who is hanged on a tree.” Jesus was in fact hung on a tree called the cross. God made him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Jesus became sin. This is where it gets a little deep, but just stay with me. What this means is Jesus became sin or, Satan (Lucifer) indwelt humanity, on the cross. He died as us (Satan indwelt man) on our behalf. What took place on the cross is quite a bit more radical than most either know or want to admit.
We are all born sinners. The reason is because we are born with the spirit of error within. We are all born with the spirit of disobedience in us. On the cross a sinless Jesus took in that lawless, rebellious spirit. The Bible says we, that have received him, were there with him in spirit. Paul said “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me…” so you see salvation is actually an exchange of spirits. It is out with the old sin spirit and in with the new Holy Spirit. We have been delivered from that old prideful spirit that was in Absalom and given the Holy selfless Spirit that was in Jesus.
Let me wrap this up. The story of Absalom’s rebellion is a picture of a heavenly rebellion. Absalom died on a tree thus fulfilling a mysterious picture of the end of Lucifer’s trying to rest the throne away from God. Later God promised David he would never fail to have a descendant on the throne. Of course we know who that is it is Jesus himself who ever lives to reign forever and forever. Amen.
Written by Louie