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"I Shall Go To Him"

Then said [David's] servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. (2 Sam. 12:21-23)

David was one of God's outstanding heroes (Acts 13:22). He serves as an example to all of us; his life is a lesson for us all and his dealings with death will serve as a lesson, too.

As far as I can tell, the Bible associates David personally with more deaths than any other person in Scriptures. We read a lot of times about him mourning over someone who has died. He mourned over Saul the king (2 Sam. 1), Jonathan his close friend (2 Sam. 1), Abner the captain of Saul (2 Sam. 3), Ammon his son (2 Sam. 13), and Absalom another son (2 Sam. 18). So David was well acquainted with the topic of death and about mourning and about remembering past loved ones.

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Ray McManus


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