All readers of the Bible know that there are various tales depicting human frailty which can be actually unhappy. I feel one of the pitiful scenes in historical past was that of King David working from his personal son, Absalom. This promised to be the catastrophe of his life, “And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head coated, and he went barefoot: and all of the those who was with him coated each man his head, and so they went up, weeping as they went up.” 2 Sam 15:30. The one hope David appeared to have was his prayer for God to “flip Ahithophel’s counsel,” his chief counselor, “into foolishness” for as a conspirator, he can be Absalom’s chief adviser.
Fairly just a few of David’s buddies joined him on the way in which, however he despatched again some together with Hushai, and the clergymen Zadok and Abiathar in an obvious effort to counteract the conspiracy and hold himself knowledgeable of Absalom’s actions, whereas he moved on together with his little military and the individuals. A brief distance past Mount Olivet, a servant of Mephibosheth got here to him with a few donkeys loaded with meals and so in his nice and bitter misfortune he had some comfort and encouragement.
David had simply reached Bahurim in his flight when there “got here out a person of the household of the home of Saul, whose identify was Shimei, the son of Gera.” 2 Sam 16:5. It’s right here the place the scene of sympathy modified and as a substitute of comforting the king and wishing him success ultimately, this man walked alongside the hill-side and cursed the king in his grief and misfortune. Greater than this, he threw stones at David and at his retinue of servants and followers; being himself in a protected place the place returning stones can be hampered, and realizing David was in a rush.
Shimei, whose youth did early promise deliver,
Of zeal to God and hatred to his king;
Did properly from costly sins chorus,
And by no means broke the Sabbath however for acquire.
From John Dryden (1631-1700)’s satire of Absalom and Achitophel.
Shimei profaned David by calling him the satan, a assassin and he accused him of usurping Saul’s crown. So as to add insult to damage he sharply advised the king that Absalom’s flip in opposition to him was a simply retribution for his function within the destruction of Saul’s home. “The LORD has repaid you for all of the blood you shed within the family of Saul, in whose place you’ve reigned. The LORD has handed the dominion over to your son Absalom. You will have come to break as a result of you’re a man of blood!” 2 Samuel 16:8. How lengthy he continued in his berating of David and his buddies we have no idea.
Abishai, proposed to go and kill Shimei, however David, being a sort hearted man in his sorrow and misfortune, in addition to in pleasure and prosperity, discouraged it and mentioned as a substitute, “let him curse, for the LORD has advised him to.” 2 Samuel 16:11b. In David’s thoughts, if God despatched this grievous episode on the way in which, then he should submit, after which he turned to the hope of the scenario, and remarked to his buddies: “It could be that the LORD will see my misery and repay me with good for the cursing I’m receiving right now.” 2 Samuel 16:12.
David argued that his personal son was in search of his life, and the way way more may Shimei curse and stone and forged mud at him. In different phrases, he theologically perceived the entire predicament as a designing windfall, and left the answer of its thriller to God. In his magnanimity he forgave Shimei when he returned victorious over his son, Absalom. Submission to God’s will in misfortune, beneficiant clemency to his enemies in victory, this was kind-hearted and lofty-minded David, and we all know that he would have spared Absalom, the arch traitor, above all, had he had the prospect.
However probably the most spineless creature within the group of his enemies and persecutors on this event was Shimei. His conduct was the very baseness of all cowardice and meanness, throwing stones, casting mud, cursing when he thought he himself was protected. However he turned a pathetic, wretched and submissive human on the toes of David when David returned victorious from the bloody area of Ephraim.
So it’s all the time with the coward and the enemy who will make the most of our misfortunes and insult and damage us, in search of to achieve ascendency over us. It will need to have been a well-known indisputable fact that God had deposed Saul and his home and had exalted David to the throne and scepter of Israel. David had been exceptionally variety to Saul and his household, though Saul, in his life time had sought each means which jealousy and envy may invent to destroy David. Even when Saul and Jonathan fell on Gilboa’s gory heights, slain by their very own arms, David gave vent, within the noblest generosity of spirit ever written, to the grief and appreciation of his personal coronary heart. But, Shimei and Saul’s descendants, like Saul himself, nonetheless cherished the spirit of malice and revenge towards, “the person after God’s personal coronary heart.”
Jealousy and envy, littleness, and cowardice in man are all the time blind to God’s functions and human generosity can’t rework cowardice and jealousy into kindness and honor. These damaging qualities in human nature are all the time at battle with each factor good and lofty above them, and when misfortune or affliction involves the objects of their envy or revenge, they’re all the time available so as to add insult to damage.
David had been variety to Shimei and his household. He forgave him of the mistaken perpetrated at Bahurim, however we suspect Shimei would have repeated his despicable drama the following day, if the chance had been afforded. Shimei was the character personated to whom Shakespeare spoke when he mentioned:
You’re the hare of whom the proverb goes,
Whose valour plucks lifeless lions by the beard.
We be taught that the miseries of David have been become pleasure, and the insults of his enemies recoiled upon their very own heads, as a result of God was with him. He acted Christ-like on this event and actually in all this misfortune he appeared a sort of Christ. Say what you’ll, Christ teaches the one treatment for the treatment of evil and for the conquest of enmity and meanness: forgive your enemies, do good to them that despitefully use you, bless the cursers, and you’ll heap coals of fireside upon the heads of those that would injure you.
Below all circumstances we should love and forgive our enemies. However all the time concentrate on them. David ordered his inheritor Solomon to punish Shimei (I Kings 2:8-9). Solomon accordingly ordered Shimei to take up residence in Jerusalem, forbidding him on ache of demise to go away the town (I Kings 2:36-38). Three years later, Shimei nonetheless journeyed to Gath to deliver again two of his runaway slaves; on his return Solomon had him killed (I Kings 2:39-46).
Shimei’s of the world will throw stones, curse, after which run and conceal. However we’re greater than conquerors by means of Him who loves us so.