When the maneuvers of others place your life into a crisis a quick response time overrides debating and deliberation. This was the situation King David found himself in when his son Absalom made a deceitful move to replace him as king by deadly force. Absalom was a handsome man whose charm was hard to resist. Even though he was of royal blood he was not a true leader. He had no character. He counterfeited his concern for the people to get them to follow him by telling them what they wanted to hear and gave them what they wanted to have. Absalom was a complete liar simply advancing his own interests through affecting the devotion of the people by manufacturing an image of himself that the people couldn’t resist. David was the nation’s servant, Absalom was its celebrity. Because of the dishonest maneuvering of Absalom David left his throne in order to protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem. The Bible says 2 Samuel 15:23 that; “They crossed the Kidron Valley and then went out toward the wilderness.” David had been betrayed by his own son along with his most trusted adviser.
Jesus, the King of Kings, also crossed over the Kidron — through which the filth of Jerusalem flowed (John 18:1) — when he was betrayed by one close to Him, Judas — who arranged for His apprehension. David and Jesus, both betrayed, both experienced the wilderness, both overcame their injustices by their trust in God’s Word. Have you crossed the Kidron of betrayal by a friend, a family member, or a spouse? Have you been unjustly slandered? Are you facing physical pain? Are you under persecution? Are others showing contempt toward you? Know this that Christ your Savior has been afflicted in your affliction, but without sin. He knows by experience your grief, pain, and sorrow that you feel has only ever happened to you.