Thoughts and Reflection
Today in our readings we learn that Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, Tells David that Mephibosheth will wait in Jerusalem to see who wins – David or Absalom. After they destroy one another, he will pick up the pieces. Later Shime-i, of the house of Saul, curses David. Abishai, one of David’s right-hand men, offers to cut off his head. David’s response shows that he has been humbled. He says that he is not so good and innocent that he does not deserve these curses.
David remembers his Sins – and the prophecy that he would experience much disgrace in the sight of the people. Later David wants a census of Israel. By doing this he is implying that the people of Israel are not God’s people anymore but his.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
2 Samuel 16
1 When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Meribbaal’s retainer, Ziba, met him with a pair of donkeys, saddled and laden with two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of the season’s fruits, and a skin of wine.
2 The king said to Ziba, ‘What are you going to do with that?’ ‘The donkeys’, Ziba replied, ‘are for the king’s family to ride, the bread and the fruit for the soldiers to eat, the wine is for drinking by those who get exhausted in the desert.’
4 Then the king said to Ziba, ‘Everything owned by Meribbaal is yours.’ Ziba said, ‘I prostrate myself! May I be worthy of your favour, my lord king!’
5 As David was reaching Bahurim, out came a man of the same clan as Saul’s family. His name was Shimei son of Gera and, as he came, he uttered curse after curse
7 The words of his curse were these, ‘Off with you, off with you, man of blood, scoundrel!
8 Yahweh has paid you back for all the spilt blood of the House of Saul whose sovereignty you have usurped; and Yahweh has transferred the sovereign power to Absalom your son. Now your wickedness has overtaken you, man of blood that you are.’
9 Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, ‘Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut his head off.’
11 David said to Abishai and all his retinue, ‘Why, the son sprung from my own body is now seeking my life; all the more reason for this Benjaminite to do so! Let him curse on, if Yahweh has told him to!
13 So David and his men went on their way, and Shimei kept pace with him along the opposite mountainside, cursing as he went, throwing stones and flinging dust.
15 Absalom entered Jerusalem with all the men of Israel; with him was Ahithophel.
21 Ahithophel replied to Absalom, ‘Go to your father’s concubines whom he left to look after the palace; then all Israel will hear that you have thoroughly antagonised your father, and the resolution of all your supporters will be strengthened.’
1 Chronicles 21
1 Satan took his stand against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.
2 David said to Joab and the people’s princes, ‘Go, and take a census of Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, then bring it back to me and let me know the total.’
3 Joab replied, ‘May Yahweh multiply his people to a hundred times what they are today! But my lord king, are they not all my lord’s servants in any case? Why should my lord insist on this? Why should he involve Israel in guilt?’
5 Joab gave David the census results for the people: all Israel had eleven hundred thousand men who could wield a sword; Judah had four hundred and seventy thousand men who could wield a sword.
8 David then said to God, ‘I have committed a grave sin by doing this. But now I beg you to forgive your servant for this fault, for I have acted very foolishly.’
11 So Gad went to David and said, ‘Yahweh says this,
12 “Take your choice between three years of famine; or three months of disaster at the hands of your enemies, with your enemies’ sword overtaking you; or three days of Yahweh’s sword, an epidemic in the country, while the angel of Yahweh wreaks havoc throughout the territory of Israel.”
15 Next, God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, but as he was about to destroy it, Yahweh looked down and felt sorry about the calamity; and he said to the destroying angel, ‘Enough now! Hold your hand!’ The angel of Yahweh was standing by the thresh-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
16 David, raising his eyes, saw the angel of Yahweh standing between earth and heaven, a drawn sword in his hand stretched out towards Jerusalem. David and the elders then put on sackcloth and fell on their faces,
17 and David said to God, ‘Did I not order the people to be counted? I was the one who sinned and actually committed the wrong. But these, the flock, what have they done? Yahweh my God, let your hand lie heavy on me and on my family; but spare your people from the plague!’
22 David then said to Ornan, ‘Let me have the site of the threshing-floor, so that I can build an altar to Yahweh on it; let me have it at the full price — so that the plague may be lifted from the people.’ Ornan said to David,
23 ‘Take it, and let my lord the king do what he thinks fit. Look, I shall give you the oxen for burnt offerings, the threshing-sleds for the wood and the wheat for the oblation. I shall give everything.’
30 but David could not go there to consult God because he was terrified of the angel’s sword.
1 [Psalm Of David] Yahweh, who can find a home in your tent, who can dwell on your holy mountain?
5 who asks no interest on loans, who takes no bribe to harm the innocent. No one who so acts can ever be shaken.