We go from one conflict to another. Today’s reading will lead up into what causes the next rebellion. Last time we covered Absalom’s death and the aftermath of particular individuals.
Today’s reading – Ch. 19:09-43
Confusion In The Tribes Of Israel
Back in Jerusalem, people are wondering what to do. They do not know who their king is. David had fled because of Absalom, and Absalom had been anointed king, but now he is dead.
David sends word to the priests to speak to the elders of Judah and is able to persuade them to have him and all his servants return. Shimel seeks forgiveness from David as he cursed the Lord’s anointed and David forgives him.
Mephibosheth shares his servant deceived him and that was why he did not ride out with David. He felt really guilty about it and says that Ziba, instead of dividing the land with him, as David said they could, he decided for Ziba to have all of the land.
Barzillai, who was 80 years old and had helped the king with supplies in Mahanaim, because he was very rich, sought David. He felt that he was a burden to the king because of age and wanted to go back to his own city to die. He offered another servant, Chimham, to cross with David instead. David offers the blessing of a kiss and agrees.
Dispute Between Israel And Judah
When all the people had crossed the Jordan the men of Israel debated about David being their king. The men of Judah said David was closely related to them. The men of Israel said they had ten shares in the king and therefore had more right to him.
But the words of the men of Judah were fiercer.
What To Take Away: Guilt does a lot to a person. Sometimes people refuse to admit their faults and it hardens hearts, but other times, people are so guilt-ridden they want to escape than face the consequences. In both cases, people seek avoidance, but one is more willing than the other to seek forgiveness.
Seek forgiveness from what burdens your heart. Fleeing does nothing except cause more worry in the back of our thoughts. I know that feeling of dread, and a lot of times the battles we create in our mind are worse than the actual situations of confronting the truth.
What does today’s reading say to you?
Monthly Scripture – (NIV) 2 Corinthians 4:02, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
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