By: Shaowen Ng
After the blank page in the middle of the Bible straddling the Old and New testament, it reads: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matt 1:1) So besides Jesus Christ, what can make David and Abraham SO important that it was mentioned at the get-go of the NT?
Enter 2 Samuel 2. I shall just use Woodhouse’s subheadings.
The Ascent of the King (2 Sam 2:1-4a)
Well not exactly, we’ve been tracing David’s rise all the way from 1 Sam 16. 2 Sam 2 begins an exciting period of time where David is going to be crowned king. It begins with a question on where he should go, and the LORD promptly answered, “To Hebron” (2 Sam 1d) – we recall that was the mountain that the Lord gave the blessed promise to Abraham in Gen 12 – which sets the pattern of all of the Christian’s progress. Our Lord Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given unto you” (Matt 7:7). We should notice also, David’s active obedience when the LORD presented David with His ultimate will. Sure enough, when David ascended Mount Hebron, he was anointed king over Judah, being publicly accepted. He will go on to rule the United Kingdom of Israel after many battles and ushers in the “Golden Age.”
I can’t help but think that this foreshadows our Lord Jesus, when He ascended 2 mountains – 1 involuntarily, and the other on His own accord. We read the first in Matt 4 when “the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.” (Matt 4:8) Satan tempted Jesus to worship him in a last-ditch attempt for our Lord to yield. Yet another time when our Lord ascended a mountain – this time, lonely, in despair and even more so in agony – to be crucified in utter shame for all of sinful humanity. The first incident of ascent was a triumph due full obedience, the second, an absolute pouring out in full obedience – both to His Father’s desired will. At that moment where the fullness of ultimate sacrifice and subjection in obedience was in full display, did many turn to and accept Christ. He will one day come back and rule the entire universe and usher in His very own “Golden Age”, where we will reign and rule with Him, in His divine presence.
“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. “ (Romans 8:22-23)
We all are waiting for that glorious Day – only made possible by our King’s ascent to Mount Calvary.