November 27, 2018: It Just Happened!
Esther 2:5 (NIV)
5 Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish,
2 Samuel 16:5-14 (NIV)
5 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.
6 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.
7 As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you scoundrel!
8 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 handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood!”
9 Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.”
10 But the king said, “What do you and I have in common, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?'”
11 David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, who is of my own flesh, is trying to take my life. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.
12 It may be that the LORD will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.”
13 So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.
14 The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself.
Years after Saul refused to obey the Lord we find this account of King David leaving the city of Jerusalem due to his son’s usurping his throne. As he walks along the way, a man named Shimei hurls rocks at him and calls down curses on him. According to the law, this man should have been executed on the spot. David’s guards even say so. For some reason David refuses to carry out the law and order his execution.
This action by David must have been viewed as a sign of weakness on David’s part. It might have been a sign of weakness but fat forward about five hundred years to Esther 2:5 and read the following words, 5 “Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish . . . ”
Had David executed Shimei there would be no Mordecai in Susa for God to use to serve as a means of delivering the Jews from the evil hand of Haman, a descendant of Agag and Amalekite. We observe once again God using the feeble attempts of his children to walk in obedience to be the very means by which God’s people are rescued repeatedly.
Do you feel unable to fully obey the Lord? Has the enemy convinced you that you will never be able to do what God requires and because of that your life is not going to be what God intends? Put those thoughts to death for the last time because your God, whom you serve, is able, to not only deliver you from your sin, but also fully accomplish his perfect plan for you.
Hallelujah what a great God we serve.
Tune in tomorrow as we see even more of his grace in this marvelous book of Esther.