2 Samuel 19 - Key


Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, [and be buried] by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.

What Barzillai did for Chimham, is what Christ did for us. We often consider how Christ suffered and died on the cross in our place, as a sacrifice, to take the judgment of our sin on Himself and save us from Hell. But, how often do we consider how Christ also made this other kind kind of substitution?

Barzillai, like Christ, was the one whose righteousness had earned the reward of passing over the Jordan River with King David, living in pleasure at Jerusalem, tasting the king's good food and drink, hearing the voice of singing men and women (2 Samuel 19:35). Is that not like the kingdom of God and heaven? Yet Barzillai was willing to die with his own people and send a substitute in his place, to enjoy the full reward of his righteousness instead. In the same way, Christ's righteousness is worthy of the reward, yet Christ intercedes with the Father for us, so that we can enjoy the place of His reward even though we ourselves have not earned that place.

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