And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept … O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! (2 Samuel 18:33).
After King David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba, he attempted to cover up what he had done by arranging for the death of Uriah, her husband. Nathan the prophet indicted David for what he had done.
Only a parent can know the depth of love felt for a son or daughter if taken by death. David’s son was killed in an effort to destroy his father and wrest from him the kingdom. The king’s love for Absalom prompted him to urge Joab & those with him to “deal gently” with his son (2 Samuel 18:5).
Can you imagine how the “King of kings,” (1 Timothy 6:15) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, must grieve, when one of his own dies while in rebellion? God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)!