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May 16, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 16 (ESV)

When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine. And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink.” And the king said, “And where is your master’s son?” Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.’” Then the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” And Ziba said, “I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king.”....Continue Reading

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  1. 23Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom.

  2. Ziba is on the scene again and appears to be helping David. Certainly these supplies would be welcomed by those joining David in a hurried retreat from Jerusalem. But it is clear from how things play bout that Ziba is mostly looking out for Ziba. The main indication is we will learn later that he lies about Mephibosheth. M has stayed back in Jerusalem because he is lame not because he is disloyal to David or seeking power for himself as Ziba indicates here.

    And what a great way for us to handle criticism. David’s tolerance for Shimei is a good example for us and is possible because he focuses on God and not Shimei. He does this in two ways: maybe God is telling me something through him (to the extent Shimei is right) and maybe God will be merciful because I am enduring this (to the extent Shimei is wrong). May we be as wise and gracious.

    The chapter ends with David’s covert operation seemingly working as well as Absalom following bad advice that God did predict would happen. What Absalom does is consistent with the discipline God gives David for his sin with Bathsheba and Uriah. Sin always catches up with us.

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