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May 30, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Esther 1-5
Audio: Esther 1-5

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2 Samuel 16 (ESV)

When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine. And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink.” And the king said, “And where is your master’s son?” Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.’” Then the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” And Ziba said, “I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king.”

When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The Lord has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.”

Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” 10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”11 And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.” 13 So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust.14 And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan.And there he refreshed himself.

15 Now Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. 16 And when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom, Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!” 17 And Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?” 18 And Hushai said to Absalom, “No, for whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel have chosen, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 And again, whom should I serve? Should it not be his son? As I have served your father, so I will serve you.”

20 Then Absalom said to Ahithophel, “Give your counsel. What shall we do?”21 Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23 Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom.

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  1. Patience and Restraint

    In today's chapter, we see a new side of David, one displaying great patience and restraint towards Shiimei who said, "The Lord has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood" (2 Samuel 16:8). 

    That's quite an accusation – that the loss of David’s throne was God’s retribution on his past sins!

    Unlke Abishai who responded by saying, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head" (2 Samuel 16:9), David said, "Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to" (2 Samuel 16:11). 

    As John MacArthur notes in his Study Bible, "It could be that Shimei was accusing David of the murders of Abner (2 Samuel 3:27–39), Ishbosheth (2 Samuel 4:1–12), and Uriah (2 Samuel 11:15–27)."

    By having sex with David's concubines, Absalom asserts his right to the throne of David. This also fulfills the judgment announced by the prophet Nathan to David in 2 Samuel 12:11-12, "hus says the Lord, 'Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun'" (2 Samuel 12:11-12).

    There are challenging times ahead for David that will shape his life and faith for the rest of his life. 

    Do the challenges we face destroy our faith or build it?

    Are we shaped by God's sanctifying work in our lives or do the challenges we face harden our hearts and cause us to turn our backs on God?

  2. Again I see David’s humility! When Shimei curses and throws stones at David, accusing David of bringing about his own fall, David’s response isn’t to defend himself, shut the man up or fight back:

    “Leave him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to.”

    I’m reminded of David’s faith in God when Saul was pursuing him. He didn’t take matters into his own hands to take the seat of power. He waited and trusted God completely. 

    I’m reminded also this morning of Satan’s lack of humility, and how that led to his being ejected from heaven. Since then he has sought power on earth. His attitude is one of defensiveness, justifying his pride, and finding fault in God’s people. He wants the throne so he can be Lord over us. His whole agenda is rooted in his pride. 

    When we look to Jesus, we see the complete opposite. Humility. Zero pride. He never showed any defensiveness about anything said about Him. He didn’t even treat Judas any differently even though He knew Judas would betray Him. And just as David did regarding Shimei, Jesus trusted God the Father’s plan and purpose regarding Judas’s betrayal:

    “Then after [Judas] had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, ‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’” John 13:27

    When Jesus was arrested, Scripture says He did not defend Himself:

    “But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?’ But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.” Matthew 27:12-14

    I want to be like Jesus when I encounter hostility, loving those who are hostile toward me, treating them with kindness, praying for and blessing them, being gentle with them…all those things He commands us to be as we live for Him. 

    Again, perhaps it was David’s great faith and deep humility that made him a man after God’s own heart.

    “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Hebrews 12:2-4

  3. Like the song says, "It's easy to sing when there's nothing to bring me down, but what will I say when I'm held to the flame, like I am right now?"

    I've often wondered that very thing. In the past, if things weren't going my way, I was not a happy camper. 

    I know that I will face challenges, that I "must go through the valleys to stand upon the mountain of God." I always pray for strength, courage and endurance to handle the tough times. 

    Yesterday I received the news that a dear, old friend from this neighborhood, with whom I grew up, died the night before. He was younger than I. I was stunned. 

    I know God's plan is always the right one. Whatever He decides, I know it's all part of the bigger picture. My heart is not hardened, but the feelings I was experiencing were definitely not good ones. I felt "flat" inside. 

    My friend was not saved. That's the toughest part of his death for me. I hadn't seen him in a long time, as he was part of the old partying crowd, and I think in a way, God used that to protect me in preparation for my friend's death. 

    The old me would be a complete wreck right now. But I'm not. I'm shocked and sad, of course, but I know that this was His will. I may not understand it, but I don't need to.  I only need to trust Him and to obey Him.

    Since I've been saved, I am stronger and more courageous, and I know that God will give me the endurance to get through. 

    So I guess that answers my question. When I'm held to the flame, I will go straight to God in prayer, look at things as they truly are, not how my emotions make me perceive them, and I will continue to praise Him and thank Him for saving me through the blood of His Son. 

     

    1. Brynne, I’m so sorry to hear of the death of your old friend. I pray that as he was taking his last breath, he met face to face with Jesus, realized his desperate need for God’s mercy and a Savior so wonderful, and joyfully entered into God’s presence. 

      Your testimony here of trusting in God and His sovereignty has encouraged me today! I needed to read this. Thank you so much. ❤️ 

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