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A tragic love of mother

2018-05-13 09:26
Pastor’s Letter (723) May 13th, 2018

A tragic love of mother

I think Rizpah is the mother who had most tragic sadness during the incident in the Bible.
In the era of David, there were three years of famine, and David prayed to God to let him know the reason.
God teaches that Saul and his family slaughtered Gibeonites without reason.
When Joshua conquered the land of Canaan, the Gibeonites made a peace treaty with Israel.
They will not kill and chase away. But King Saul broke these peace treaties and massacred them mercilessly.
Having found this reason, David called several of Gibeon’s representatives and asked this
“How can I solve you misfortunes?” They said that this is not a problem to solve with money,
we ask the responsibility of the massacre, and if you give seven men of Saul’s descendants to us,
we will hang them on the tree and we can release the resentful feeling.

David thus selected seven of Saul’s descendants, including the two sons of Rizpah,
Almoni and Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 21). The Gibeonites hung the seven men on the tree in Gibeah,
the hometown of Saul, and killed them. By doing so, they was able to solve the grudge that
they had in their heart for a long time. On the other hand, Rizpah, who had lost his two sons
miserably because of Saul, went up to the hill where his son was executed, to strike the tent
and to keep his son’s body. Protecting from birds attack in the daytime, and stayed with
opened eyes for beasts attack at night. That’s what she did for six months from spring to autumn.

According to Jewish law, a dead body on a tree is supposed to be buried before sunrise.
How was the mother’s heart who watching the corpses of the corrupt and decaying sons
with tired and depressed body? Who will protect the body for six months for those who
have died so unjustly? Only mother’s maternal love is possible.

In the end, Rizpah’s devotion was spreading throughout the all country, and impressing the Israelites.
King David found a way to comfort Rizpah’s heart. He took away the remains of the seven sons of
King Saul who died on the tree and made a magnificent funeral for them. The country considered
that the deaths of these people whold not be reprehensible. The seven were sacrificed not
because of their own sins, but because of the sin of their ancestors, and to the curse of the famine.

Rizpah may have prayed daily, so that the famine in that land would cease, so that the death of her sons
would not be in vain. Rizpah’s sad and devoted love is reminiscent of the Virgin Mary,
who had to watch the dying son on the cross. And the unconditional love of the mother can be said
to be the most similar to the love of God. For us, sinners, Jesus also shed blood with unconditional love.
In a world that hated the weak, the Lord loved us in frailty. In a world where we hate and condemn sinners,
God has decided to forgive us. To an unqualified sinner, God showed the grace of salvation and eternal love.
Perhaps isn’t the mother to find such love of God?