2 Samuel 16:10-12 “Sticks and stones”

May 28 2018

2 Samuel 16:10-12 “Sticks and stones”

2 Samuel chapter 16 has to be one of the hardest episodes in the Life of King David. The story takes place after David’s son Absalom has cleverly executed a coo to replace David as King. David’s departure took him through the area given to the Benjamites and as such they were still loyal to Saul. And this made David vulnerable to a relative of Saul named Shimei who stayed up on the bluff while David and his men were in the ravine. Geographically this show what is going on as Shimei is kicking a man while he is down. Shimei, according to verse 6, is not only hurling insults, stones and dirt at David he is also doing so “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.” This guy really is not in his right mind as you really don’t want to tick off these guys as we are told in 2 Sam 23:18 that Abishai alone “lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them” Shimei’s assessment of David’s troubles is way off base as David had nothing to do with Saul’s demise instead it was his own rebellion that caused that.

Hey saints only Jesus has the right to carry stones to chuck at people but He choose to carry our crosses instead, hey maybe we can do the same. In verses 9-14 David has to stop Abishai from acting impulsively. But how could David accepted Shimei’s abuse? Well according to verses 10-12 David saw all of Shimei’s actions as coming from God. Notice that David handles it by doing three things:
1. Vs. 10
Looked away: “let him curse, because the LORD has said to him, 'Curse David.' Who then shall say, 'Why have you done so”? David took this attack before the Lord and realized that God was in control and if the Lord didn’t want Shimei to hurl insults and rocks at him then he would have stopped him. Shimei wanted to destroy David’s character but the Lord was using him to develop David’s character.
2. Vs. 11
Looked about: “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the LORD has ordered him.” Hey saint when someone puts you down, hurling insults at you go and look in the mirror. They are being far to kind you are twice the sinner they think you are! It’s a great day when we realize that we don’t need to defend ourselves, or protect our reputation!
3. Vs. 12
Looked ahead: “It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing this day.” Ah we are told in Matt. 7:11-12 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven”.

Even though Shimei was throwing insults, rocks, David was refreshed because he “Looked away”, “Looked about”, and “Looked ahead”. The key to the Christian life is DEATH TO SELF CENTEREDNESS: Don’t seek to be blessed seek to be a blessing, don’t seek to be understood seek to understand, don’t seek to receive seek to reach out!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!