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Monday, July 3, 2017

David Bore Shimei's Curses




2 Samuel 16:1-23 NIV





David and Ziba




1When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting to meet him. He had a string of donkeys saddled and loaded with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred cakes of raisins, a hundred cakes of figs and a skin of wine.


2The king asked Ziba, “Why have you brought these?”


Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the wilderness.”







3The king then asked, “Where is your master’s grandson?”


Ziba said to him, “He is staying in Jerusalem, because he thinks, ‘Today the Israelites will restore to me my grandfather’s kingdom.’ ”


4Then the king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.”


“I humbly bow,” Ziba said. “May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king.”





Shimei Curses David





5As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. 6He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. 7As he cursed, Shimei said,


Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! 8The LORD Has Repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD Has Given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”






9Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”


10But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because The LORD Said To him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’ ”


11David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for The LORD Has Told him To. 12It may be that The LORD Will Look Upon my misery and Restore To me His Covenant Blessing instead of his curse today.”


13So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt. 14The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.





The Advice of Ahithophel and Hushai





15Meanwhile, Absalom and all the men of Israel came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel was with him.






16Then Hushai the Arkite, David’s confidant, went to Absalom and said to him, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”


17Absalom said to Hushai, “So this is the love you show your friend? If he’s your friend, why didn’t you go with him?”


18Hushai said to Absalom, “No, the one chosen By The LORD, by these people, and by all the men of Israel—his I will be, and I will remain with him. 19Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve the son? Just as I served your father, so I will serve you.”







20Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give us your advice. What should we do?”


21Ahithophel answered, “Sleep with your father’s concubines whom he left to take care of the palace. Then all Israel will hear that you have made yourself obnoxious to your father, and the hands of everyone with you will be more resolute.” 






22So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he slept with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel.


23Now in those days the advice Ahithophel gave was like that of one who inquires of GOD. That was how both David and Absalom regarded all of Ahithophel’s advice.







David Bore Shimei's Curses




David bore Shimei's curses much better than Ziba's flatteries; by these he was brought to pass a wrong judgment on another, by those to pass a right judgment on himself: the world's smiles are more dangerous than its frowns.


Once and again David spared Saul's life, while Saul sought his. But innocence is no defense against malice and falsehood; nor are we to think it strange, if we are charged with that which we have been most careful to keep ourselves from. It is well for us, that men are not to be our judges, but HE Whose Judgment Is according to Truth.


See how patient David was under this abuse. Let this remind us of CHRIST, WHO Prayed for those who reviled and crucified HIM. A humble spirit will turn reproaches into reproofs, and get good from them, instead of being provoked by them. David comforts himself that GOD Would Bring good out of his affliction.


We may depend Upon GOD To Repay, not only our services, but our sufferings.





Amen.








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