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Absalom

The story of David and the death of his son prefigure the Redemption and are shown in the golden margin, while the Resurrection of Christ in seen in the central painting. Absalom is a symbol of the rebellion of men against God. Absalom tried to take over his father Davidís kingdom and power. In the conflict that ensued, Absalom, while fleeing from his fatherís army, was hung by the pride of his hair in a tree. When David learned of his death, he cried, "Oh Absalom, my son, would I had died for thee." This sentiment of a grieving father is a foreshadowing of Godís love for us and the fact that He did indeed die for us in Christ Jesus. The Resurrection is Godís answer to our mortality and grief.

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