Why Stay in Exile?

We will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away a life; He devises plans so that His banished ones will not be cast out from Him.

2 Samuel 14:14 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

This is from a woman speaking to King David. The context is an account of David bringing back his son Absalom for blood-guilt over the killing of his brother. This is a sin that demanded an avenger of blood, that is the death of Absalom.

This account is a typification of the penalty of sin… All sin… Even the little lies we use. Sin brings death.

The woman succinctly speaks the truth to David. The corruption that Adam brought to humanity is death. We all die. Death cannot be undone; its water spilled on the ground and cannot be gathered up again.

Yet, she is also speaking of the mercy of God. In that, though the justice needed for sin is death, and justice delayed is not just. God is indeed merciful. Remember in the garden, He said in the day you do it you shall die. Yet this woman knows the mercy available to all, God does not take a life.

She goes on to say He devises plans. This is a veiled inference to Jesus and the mercy He worked at the cross. The Bible says Jesus tasted death for every man. His banished ones… Those with a blood-guilt upon them waiting for the avenger of blood are free to go. That’s you and I with our sin… We are not yet cast out from Him.

If we were cast out, we would have no hope at all.

Yet we’re not. We’re still alive. We can still be reconciled. While we draw breath, we can still approach God to seek remission of sins.

In the account, David doesn’t permit Absalom in his presence. Eventually, Absalom does insist and enter the presence to be reconciled.

The latter is more a representation of the exile we place on ourselves. When we sin, our sin keeps us separated from God. As it was for Abalsom, it is like we are in exile.

Don’t ever be tricked into thinking your own sin is so bad or shameful that you cannot go to God about it. Jesus died for each of us to make that way clear.

You can fix it now.

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