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God’s “Foreshadowing”

But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up, weeping as they went.-2 Samuel 15:30 (ESV)

So I’m reading the part in 2 Samuel where David flees Jerusalem from his son Absolam. As he leaves Jerusalem I noticed this verse, where he goes up onto the Moount of Olives weeping. And I went, “hold on, Mt. of Olives sounds familiar.” I was pretty sure where it was from, but I went looking anyways, and this is what I found:

And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” -Luke 22:39-46 (ESV)

Ok, so now I’m going”WOAH! It’s Foreshadowing!” (Now, here’s a worning for those who don’t know, I am a HUGE geek, and this is the point at which I go all geek on you.) A foreshdowing is a tool that authors and movie producers use to hint at something that happens later on. For example (and this is a really geeky example) Logan’s girl in Wolverine looks a little bit like Jean Grey in the X-men trilogies, this is not an accident, it’s done on purpose because the producers are hinting at something. As a basic rule, if an author/producer includes a very small detail that seems unecessary it’s probably a foreshadowing. All this Geek resoning coupled with the fact that I firmly blelieve God does nothing by accident, leads me to think He was foreshadowing here. Why else would such a minute detail as to where David wept as he left Jeruselm be included? The answer, because God is an Awesome God and He knows the how, when and where of everything. More than that, it is obvious that He left clues all over the place in the Old Testament concerning Christ’s coming, and this is just one more. Ok, Church Geek rambling over. Love yall!

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