Doing the Right Thing
On Wednesday, in my devotional Bible reading, King David was fleeing for his life from Absolom his son who had usurped his power. I noted that Shimei, the son of Gera was throwing stones at David and his party as they were fleeing Israel. Joab, David’s servant wanted to kill Shimei, but David had mercy on him.
In today’s reading, Absolom, David’s son is dead and David is returning to Israel from his exile. David is in mourning for his son Absolom. The people of Israel were confused to say the least. What should have been a time of joy, the king’s enemies were dead, was instead a time of mourning. The people went by stealth into the city, as if they were humiliated. Seeing that the king’s demeanor was affecting the people, Joab the king’s servant and friend said to him, “Today you have covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who today have saved your life and the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives and of your concubines, by loving those who hate you and hating those who love you; for I know this day that if Absolom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased. Now therefore go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you that all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”
So David did as Joab advised him and sat in the city gate and all the people of Israel come to him. They argued among themselves that he had delivered them from the Philistines and they should reinstate him as king.
Finally, David was reinstated as king of Israel. As he was returning to Jerusalem, Shimei met him on the road to apologize for his earlier behavior. Again, one of David’s servants, Abishai, advised that Shimei be put to death. David’s response was “Should any man be put to death in Israel today? For do I not know that I am King over Israel today?”
Isn’t David’s reaction to Shimei Christ like? Although, because of our sin, we deserve death; yet because of our repentance we receive grace. Because of God’s grace, Jesus paid our sin debt and we received justification. It doesn’t quite sound fair, does it?
- David Returns to Jerusalem (thebiblehistorybooks.wordpress.com)
- Sheba’s Revolt against David (thebiblehistorybooks.wordpress.com)
- The Death of Absalom (thebiblehistorybooks.wordpress.com)