In my post, Ezel, I shared that the Garden of Gethsemane is on the slope of the Mount of Olives. It was in the Garden of Gethsemane that Jesus prayed before they arrested and crucified him. That was not the first time a man was on the mount weeping in anguish.
2 Samuel 14:30, “David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went. His head was covered and he went barefoot. Then all of the people who were with him each covered his head and went up, weeping as they went.” Modern English Version
David’s covered his head and went up barefoot. When Jesus went up to Golgotha, for crucifixion, he was barefoot and on his head was a crown of thorns.
David and Jesus were both carrying shame and disgrace: David because his son was trying to kill him, and Jesus because of nakedness, our sin, and a criminal’s death.
When we face shame and disgrace, we can follow the example of David and Jesus:
- Keep humble – covered heads, (see Matthew 27:29).
- Be vulnerable – barefoot, (see Matthew 27:28).
- Cry out to God – in anguish, (see Luke 22:44).
- Keep walking – the only way out is to keep climbing, (Luke 23:29).
- Don’t isolate yourself – Jesus took his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane, (see Luke 22:39). David had his entire house, his servants, the Kerethites, Pelethites, and Gittites with him, (see 2 Samuel 15:16-18).
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