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Summary: What should we do when a friend loses a loved one to death? This sermon gives us some answers.

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What To Do When A Friend Loses A Loved One

2 Samuel 19:1-7

1 And Joab was told, "Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom."

2So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people heard it said that day, "The king is grieved for his son."

3And the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

4But the king covered his face, and the king cried out with a loud voice, "O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!"

5Then Joab came into the house to the king, and said, "Today you have disgraced all your servants who today have saved your life, the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines, 6in that you love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared today that you regard neither princes nor servants; for today I perceive that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died today, then it would have pleased you well.

7Now therefore, arise, go out and speak comfort to your servants. For I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, not one will stay with you this night. And that will be worse for you than all the evil that has befallen you from your youth until now."

We resume our examination of the Life of David.

As we pick up his story today

King David is grieving.

His son Absalom turned against him

and raised up an army to overthrow his father.

In battle against David's forces

Absalom was killed.

In chapter 18 and verse 33 we saw David's response. "O my son Absalom! If only I could have died instead of you!"

Point #1. When death comes to the family they need comfort.

1 And Joab was told, "Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom."

Working for a funeral home the past 5 years

I have seen several stages of grief.

Some people go through the funeral process

and never shed a tear.

Others weep a little.

Still others fall apart and weep bitterly.

No matter how each person goes through the process of grief

he or she needs to be comforted.

That's one of the reasons we have visitations and funerals.

It gives other people a chance

to come and give comfort to those who are grieving.

2 So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people. For the people heard it said that day, "The king is grieved for his son." 3 And the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. 4 But the king covered his face, and the king cried out with a loud voice, "O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!"

In spite of how Absalom had treated his father,

David loved his son.

David experienced deep grief.

However, David finds himself in 2 positions: king and father.

Now, he is primarily a grief-stricken father.

David is not thinking of his role as king of Israel.

David was in a very agonizing situation.

He needed comfort.

Yet in his position as king,

He was also needed to encourage others.

His Army had lost many men in their victory.

Morale should have been high,

but seeing their King in tears


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