“Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.” (v.14)
I think those words sum up the story of the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, reaching a climax in the story of Jesus. How beautiful. Especially in light of the context of this story. These words were spoken to King David by a wise woman pretending to have a situation that mirrored what was happening with David’s son. Absalom had killed his brother for raping his sister and had been away from David for 3 years. The wise woman spoke these words to spur David to call for Absalom to come back. In light of David’s actions with Bathsheba and Uriah a few chapters back, these words must have been especially humbling to him. To us, thousands of years and miles away, these words are still an accurate picture of what God did through Jesus and what he continues to do in our present lives, thus creating the source for our humility, devotion and love towards him.