Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 19:9-23. The people of Israel were in distress. They were troubled because David had saved them from their enemies, and delivered them out of the hand of the Philistines; and then he was driven out of the land by Absalom.
Now, Absalom, whom they anointed to be king over them, had died in battle. They didn’t understand why there wasn’t talk of bringing King David back.
King David sent word to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, asking them to talk to the elders of Judah, and ask them, “Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house?” The king had heard the talk that was going around throughout all Israel, he knew that the people were in distress.
The king questioned them saying, “You are my brethren, you are my bones and my flesh: so why are you the last to bring back the king?”
He sent word to Amasa asking, “Are you not my own flesh and bone?” God do the same to me, and even more, if you are not appointed captain of my army instead of Joab.
David won the hearts of all the men of Judah. The men were all in agreement, so they sent word to the king to return and bring all his servants with him.
King David returned. He came as far as Jordan. Judah came to Gilgal, and met the king, to lead him over Jordan.
Shimei, the son of Gera, who was a Benjamite, whose mother was Bahurim, came down with the other men of Judah to meet king David.
There were a thousand men from the tribe of Benjamin with Shimei. Ziba, who was the servant of Saul came to Jordan with his fifteen sons and twenty servants met the king at Jordan as well.
They brought a ferry boat to carry the king’s household, and did whatever the king wished. Shimei, the son of Gera, bowed before the king, when he crossed over Jordan.
He begged the king for forgiveness asking him not to find him guilty, nor remember what he had done to the king the day that the king left Jerusalem.
He knew that he had done the king wrong that is why he was the first that day from the house of Joseph to go down and meet the king.
Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, asked, “Shouldn’t Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD’S anointed?”
David declared, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be adversaries to me? Shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? Today I am king over Israel?” He swore to Shimei, that he wouldn’t die.
Did you notice how those who were closest to David, his own kin folks, were the last to call for his reinstatement as king? Why is it that sometimes the people who we are closest to give the least amount of support? David had to ask them to reinstate him. It was as if they couldn’t see that the people wanted David to return as the king over Israel.
Daily Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 19:9-23
9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.
10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?
11 And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house.
12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?
13 And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.
14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants.
15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.
16 And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.
17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.
18 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king’s household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;
19 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.
20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.
21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD’S anointed?
22 And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel?
23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.
Things to think about:
- Why were the people of Israel in turmoil?
- What was the answer to their problem?
- Who did King David appeal to in order to resolve the problem?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that the people were without a king. Absalom had been killed and David fled from Absalom and his men. David’s own family members were the last to reinstate him as king. Help us to realize that sometimes the ones we love most and expect to support us are the least likely to. Help us to find favor with others who are willing to support us in our endeavors to serve You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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