[CF Devotionals] 2014-10-13 - What Would Rizpah Say?

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2 Samuel 21:1-14

Rizpah, daughter of Aiah, took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest, till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds of the air touch them by day, or the wild animals by night. (2 Samuel 21:10)

Everyone grieves differently. When Merab's and my innocent sons died, to mend a wrong committed by a deceased family member, Merab stayed home - while I immediately set up a vigil by the dead sons.

During King Saul's reign, the king destroyed many Gibeonites. They wanted revenge. Seven of Saul's male descendants, Merab's and my boys, were killed to make amends for the king's behavior.

My main focus was protecting my children, even if they were deceased. I wasn't concerned about any potential dangers. I kept watch day and night, to make sure no birds or animals harmed their bodies. My temporary bed was a rock draped with sackcloth. The rewards of having a child do not come without any sacrifice.

While I could not bring these men back to life, their deaths did allow God's blessings back to Israel, in the form of rain and an end to the land's drought. It was some comfort that my sons' death would bring life and prosperity to a host of others.

When King David found out about my actions, he was impressed, and gave my sons a dignified burial, burying them with royal family members King Saul and his son Jonathan.

Lord, Rizpah's sacrifice is compelling. She wanted to hold onto her children as long as possible. Help me imitate Rizpah's actions, and think of others' needs first. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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