Crossing the Kidron

Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 15: 13- 23

Text verse 23.
And all the country wept with a loud voice,
and all the people passed over:
the king also himself passed
over the brook Kidron,
and all the people passed over,
toward the way of the wilderness.

My message today is entitled:
Crossing the Brook Kidron

Names in the Bible are extremely important
- in fact many things in the Bible cannot be understood
unless one knows the meaning behind a personís name or the name of a place.
A Dictionary of the Meanings of Bible Names is essential
if you want to undertake serious Bible Study.

Our Bible text tells us that King David crossed over the Brook Kidron
when fleeing from his traitor son Absalom.
David the once Shepherd boy who became the best of Kings.
But as good a King as he was his subjects disowned him
- humiliated -rejected - disowned and betrayed by a familiar friend
- Ahithophel who joined the enemy -
The multitudes favoured his son Absalom - few wept for David.

David had to cross the gloomy Brook Kidron
- Josephus tells us that it was on the East side of Jerusalem
between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olivet.

David had to cross the Kidron
- The Bible tells us that he was a man after Godís own heart.
The Lordís anointed - But this did not exempt him from trouble.

Our Text verse:
2 Samuel 15:23
And all the country wept with a loud voice,
and all the people passed over:
the king also himself passed over the brook Kidron,
and all the people passed over,
toward the way of the wilderness.

THE BROOK KIDRON
David would later cross the Brook Kidron
and return in Triumph to Jerusalem
and be crowned King once again.
But lets stand still at his crossing of the Kidron while fleeing Absalom.

Over the Brook Kidron towards the way of the wilderness.
What does the name of the Brook tell us:
Kidron means - Obscure, make black or Sad. Dark, turbid,
Obscurity, very black, full of darkness, dusky place and Mourner.

Today the ravine is a dry valley containing water
only during and immediately after heavy rains.
But in Ancient times there was a brook
that flowed through the midst of the land.

Into this Brook was continually emptied the sewage of the city
and later the filth from the temple sacrifices for sin.
Later the godly kings of Judah cast the ashes of the idols they destroyed in the Brook.

King David passed through the gloomy dark filthy ditch Kidron
through which the filth of Jerusalem flowed.

Later he would write:
Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

KING OF KINGS
But another King would also cross the Kidron.
We read in:

John 18:1
When Jesus had spoken these words,
he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron,
where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

Cedron is a different spelling of the same Brook.

Jesus, would also be betrayed by his friend,
rejected by the multitudes
- He too would cross the filthy ditch of the Kidron
through which the filth of Jerusalem flowed.
Near the place called Gehenna were the filth of the city was burned.
In Jesusí time it was the unclean place without the city
were the filth from the temple sacrifices for sin were deposited
to be carried away by the waters of the Brook.

A picture of the sins and iniquities of the people
been washed away before Godís face
- from the Temple where He dwell in their midst.

Jesus, crossed over the dark gloomy brook
to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Luke 22:42-43
Saying, Father, if thou be willing,
remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven,
strengthening him.

Our Iniquities in His Cup - Sins of the World.

TWO KINGS
Two Kings
- King David and later the King of Kings -
both crossed over the gloomy, dark and filthy Kidron Brook.
Neither was exempt from trouble.

Likewise we too often have to cross a Brook Kidron
- the path of sorrow which crosses the brook of grief.

Perhaps you are crossing the dark, gloomy filthy
Brook of Kidron at this very moment.

What is you Kidron this very day?
- a faithless friend
- Sad bereavement
- a Slanderous reproach
- a dark foreboding
- bodily pain
- poverty
- persecution
- contempt
Some time or the other we all pass over a Brook Kidron!

BUT LISTEN
David would return and be re-crowned as King of Israel and he would later write:

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Yes, he crossed that dark gloomy filthy Brook Kidron
but he had the assurance of the presence and power of his Heavenly Father.

Jesus too crossed that gloomy dark, filthy Brook Kidron
but friends, even though they nailed Him to a Cross
- buried Him in a cold dark grave.
He rosed from the dead
- He conquered death.

And He promised to return by the Eastern Gate
- Yes, He too will cross the Kidron Brook at His second coming.

Friend, you may be crossing the Brook Kidron
at the moment but victory is yours because:

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world.

Jesus, raised the dead, healed the sick and feed the hungry
crossed that gloomy dark filthy brook Kidron
and now He tells us that when we cross that same brook to remember:

Hebrews 13:5
Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as ye have:
for He hath said,
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

And with Christ at our side we need not fear because:

Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.


Both David and Jesus - the King of Kings triumphed
after crossing that dirty, gloomy dark and filthy Brook Kidron.
Because Jesus
- Because He-
 lives we too can cross that Brook Kidron in Triumph!

Amen

Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
Welkom
South Africa
9460

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