2 Samuel 16

2 Samuel 16 continues David’s fleeing from Jerusalem to escape Absalom who has decided to take claim to the throne and remove David from it.  Being king has been all it’s advertised to be. David spent many years fleeing Saul, and now Absalom.  As David fled he came to Bahurium and “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”.  Remember that David is still king, and he’s traveling with a number of loyal mighty men.

They want to get rid of this nuisance.  After all the guy was throwing stones at them and kicking up dust in their face.  And the words he is spewing are not very flattering.  “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”.  Not exactly words you would say to a king if you had any concern for your own life.

But David resists the temptation and the advice to just whack Shimei.  David realizes that there may be something in those words from God.  Or that it is part of the process of how God will restore him.  “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”.  David is humble enough not to dispute the fact that some, if not all, of what Shimei is saying has truth in it.  And he just needs to hear it and discern what God is up to.

So they keep moving and come to the Jordan where they refresh themselves.  Meanwhile, back in Jerusalem, Absalom is determining what to do now that he is the big man in town.  He seeks counsel from Ahithophel who was a trusted advisor.  He told Absalom to “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”.  Nothing like throwing salt into the wound.  Go take your father’s women as your own.  That is about as personal as it gets.

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