Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
2 Samuel 16:5-8 (NIV)
As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left. As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!”
2 Samuel 16:5-8 (MSG)
When the king got to Bahurim, a man appeared who had connections with Saul’s family. His name was Shimei son of Gera. As he followed along he shouted insults and threw rocks right and left at David and his company, servants and soldiers alike. To the accompaniment of curses he shouted, “Get lost, get lost, you butcher, you hellhound! God has paid you back for all your dirty work in the family of Saul and for stealing his kingdom. God has given the kingdom to your son Absalom. Look at you now—ruined! And good riddance, you pathetic old man!”
“When King David came to Bahurim, a man named Shimei, the son of Gera, came out from there. He was of the family of Saul’s household and he was cursing continually as he came out. He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; yet all the people and all the warriors remained on his right and on his left. This is what Shimei said as he cursed: “Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, you worthless and useless man! The Lord has returned upon you all the bloodshed of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of Absalom your son. And behold, you are caught in your own evil, for you are a man of bloodshed!” -AMPLIFIED
As David continues on his journey away from the royal city he is once again met by another man. This time it was a man named Shimei, who had connections with Saul’s family. Saimei had nothing good to say to David and in fact attacked him not only physically, but also his character. Saimei falsely accused David of shedding the blood of Saul’s family.
Through all of Shimei’s accusations we find David remaining humble and calm. In fact, when Abishai, David’s nephew, became angry over what Shimei was saying and doing; David calmed him as well. David spoke these words to Abishai, “Why should this matter to you? What do we, sons of Zeruiah, have in common? If he insults me because the Eternal has told him to, who are we to ask him why he does it?(turning to the rest) Listen, Abishai—and all of you! My own son seeks to kill me today, so why shouldn’t this man of Benjamin? Leave him alone and let him curse me, as the Eternal One wills it. Maybe the Eternal will look at everything done against me and render something good in its place today.” -2 Samuel 16:10-12 (VOICE)
We find that despite what Shimei was doing to David and his men they chose to continue traveling on; not allowing his accusations to detour them. Shimei followed along for a way, along the hill opposite them. All the time he was shouting curses, throwing stones and flinging dust at them.
Eventually, David and his men arrived at the Jordan River weary and ready to drop. There they stopped to rest and refresh themselves.
The Bible has much to say about how we are to handle ourselves when we are falsely accused.
“Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”-Luke 6:28 (KJV)
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” -1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
“Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.” –Proverbs 20:22 (NIV)
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” -Romans 12:19(ESV)
“See how patient David was under this abuse. Let this remind us of Christ, who prayed for those who reviled and crucified him. A humble spirit will turn reproaches into reproofs, and get good from them, instead of being provoked by them. David the hand of God in it, and comforts himself that God would bring good out of his affliction. We may depend upon God to repay, not only our services, but our sufferings.” -Matthew Henry Commentary
We all would be wise in taking counsel from Solomon. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” -Proverbs `15:1 (NIV)
Solomon also warns us of this, “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” -Proverbs 15:18 (NIV)
As we continue to follow David’s story we will find that eventually Shimei’s words will garner consequences. God will hold him accountable for what he said and did against His anointed one, David Words tend to have consequences and Shimei’s were turned out to be his folly.
Lord, give me a calm and patient spirit when I am falsely accused. Help me to trust you as I patiently wait on you to clear my name. I know my first response tends to be to rise up in anger. That is not what you desire of me though. Help me to pray for those who have hurt me or spitefully used me. In the end I know that you will allow justice to be served.