03
Jun
11

David’s Demonstrated Patience

Though David has now been anointed as king over Israel, there are still some who are unwilling to accept his role:

As 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.  He 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.  As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you scoundrel!  The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!”

Then 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.”

But the king said, “What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’”

David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.  It may be that the LORD will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.”  — 2 Samuel 16:5-12

It is truly amazing to see David’s humble attitude in this story.  It would have been tempting (and easy) to let Abishai simply go over and cut off Shimei’s head, and thus feel avenged for the treatment he was being given.  Yet we see David’s heart in that he did not take this as a personal affront, but saw it possibly as an act of God.  It seems that God is always before David, in his heart, mind and actions.

Stay tuned, though.  There is more to the story of Shimei in later chapters.

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