|2 Samuel 16 |
1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth [Jonathan's son] met him, with a couple of saddled asses that had upon them two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
2 And the king said to Ziba, "What is the purpose of these [provisions]?" And Ziba said, "The asses are for the king's household to ride on; the bread and summer fruit are for the young men to eat; and the wine is for those who become faint in the wilderness to drink."1
3 And the king said, "And where is your master's son? And Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he lives in Jerusalem for he said, 'Today the house of Israel shall restore to me the kingdom of my father.'"
4 Then the king said to Ziba, "Then all is now yours, which had belonged to Mephibosheth." And Ziba said, "I humbly plead with you that I may find grace in your sight, my lord, O king."
5 And when king David came to Bahurim, a man of the family of the house of Saul came out, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came out cursing them continually as he approached them.
6 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.
7 When Shimei cursed, he said, "Come out, come out, you bloody man, and you man of Belial.
8 The LORD has returned upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the LORD has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son; and behold, you are fallen in your evil because you are a bloody man."
9 Then Abishai, the son of Zeruiah and brother to Joab, said to the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? I beg of you, let me go over and take off his head."
10 And the king said, "What am I going to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse because perhaps the LORD has said to him, 'Curse David.' Who then is to say, 'Why are you doing this?'"
11 David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, "Look, my son, who came forth of my bowels, seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjamite do the same? Let him alone, and let him curse for the LORD has willed him to do it.2
12 It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will repay me good for his cursing me this day."3
13 As David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along over on the hill side opposite him; and he cursed as he went, threw stones at him, and cast dust in the air.
14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, arrived at the Jordan weary; and they refreshed themselves there.
15 [Meanwhile] Absalom, and all the people of the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem; and Ahithophel came with him.
16 It came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, had come to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, "God save the king, God save the king."
17 And Absalom said to Hushai, "Is this your show of kindness to your friend [David]? Why did you not go with your friend?"
18 And Hushai said to Absalom," No; whomever the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose, his servant I will be, and with him I will remain.
19 And again, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father's presence, so will I be in your presence."
20 Then said Absalom to Ahithophel, "Give us your counsel as to what we should do."
21 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, "Go in to your father's concubines, whom he has left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that you are abhorred by your father; then shall the hands of all who are with you be strong."
22 So they spread Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.4
23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counseled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God; such was all the counsel of Ahithophel regarded by both David and Absalom.
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1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth [Jonathan's son] met him, with a couple of saddled asses that had upon them two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. What a coincidence, David is traveling with absolutely no preparations, he has no food with him, and someone meets him along the way with mass quantities of snacks to give them energy for their journey. Coincidence? There is no such thing as coincidences when you are seeking to follow God with you whole heart. God moves the universe around his loved ones: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28.
2 Let him curse for the Lord has willed him to do it. David understood that the Lord can control everything, and everybody, without violating their free will. It is written: all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28. If you are committed to seeking God, then the sooner you understand that everything that happens to you has been arranged to help you grow, the sooner you will be able to forgive, and the sooner you will be at peace, rather than angry or resentful. This life is an illusion. God is far more powerful and at work around you far more than you can imagine. For those whom he loves and calls, he controls everything around them. (This arrangement of circumstances only occurs for those whom he loves and calls.) And if you have a deep hunger, he loves you and has called you. The hunger is his. It is his way of drawing you to him. So you will starve and mourn, and starve and mourn. But you will eventually be filled and comforted. It works. Trust Him. He created you. He is in you. He knows you much better than you do. He will change you to be like Him, leading you to purity and then to union with Him in the Kingdom within, where you walk by the Light of God.
When you are committed to following the Lord, hearing Him as you wait on Him, everything that happens to you is permitted by the Lord to bring you to perfection. He will let those around you abuse you in order to teach you to give up anger, resentment, and wanting revenge; and instead to forgive them, just as He forgave those who beat and crucified Him. We must suffer with Him in order to reign with Him. 2 Tim 2:11-12. We have to trust that everything is from Him, which trust is faith; the just shall live by faith, Hab 2:4.
From the Word of the Lord within: "live in the fortress of faith where it doesn't matter if someone gives you a kiss or hits you with a baseball bat," knowing everything that happens to a true seeker is used to help him grow spiritually. So if I get hit with a baseball bat, He expects me to learn the necessity of forgiving: to ignore it, despite the pain suffered and wrongness of the person wielding the bat. Your life is an obstacle course, designed by God, for you to crawl over and through, learning to forgive and love despite the pain and injustice. This life is a boot camp to produce a soldier of love, whose weapon is the sword of the Spirit, the living word of God. When you realize it is God who has allowed, (permitted, not caused or motivated), that person to be rude, ugly, and painful to you, you can easily forgive them because they are just an obstacle of potential resentment, whose offense is to be overlooked, (or if not overlooked, to produce the pain of resentment), thus being used by God to help you spiritually progress.
3 It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will repay me good for his cursing me this day. Vengeance is mine as well as recompense, Deu 32:35... They shall not return insult for insult. 1 Pet 3:9 ... If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In this way you will heap burning coals upon his head, and the LORD shall reward you. Prov 25:21-22.
4 Absalom went in to his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel. Just as God had said would happen: 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. 2 Sam 12:11. Absalom then erected a tent in plain sight of all of Israel, and went in to lay with them all; this was to strengthen Absaloms followers by them knowing how angry David would supposedly become.
This is a great example of how the Lord can, when if fits with his plans for those chosen by him, move even evil men around to his purpose without violating their free wills. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28. The world is a gigantic chess board with billions of pieces, effortlessly moved to the Lord's purpose. (See Life's purpose for more.)
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