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2 Samuel 16

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-23

Chapter 16

And when David was a little past the top of the hill, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys that were loaded down with bread, raisins, summer fruits, a bottle of wine. David said, What do you mean by all these things? And Ziba [lied to him,] he said, The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on; the bread and the summer fruit are for the young men to eat; and the wine, so that those that are faint in the wilderness may drink. The king said, And where is Mephibosheth? And Ziba said to the king, Behold, he abides at Jerusalem: because he said, Today they'll restore the kingdom back to me ( 2 Samuel 16:1-3 ).

In other words, he's lying to David about Mephibosheth declaring that Mephibosheth was looking to this and saying, "Hey, I'm going to get the kingdom back." That's not true. That's a lie of Ziba.

So David said,

Well everything that I gave to Mephibosheth is yours if we ever get back ( 2 Samuel 16:4 ).

Of course later on David found out that he was lying to them.

As he was going along, another relative of Saul, a cousin of sorts, Shimei, the guy's name.

And Shimei came out and began to curse David, running along and throwing rocks at David, throwing dirt in the air, and cursing him. Now Abishai said to David, David that dirty dog, he has no right doing that, let me go take his head off. And David said, No let him go. Maybe God's put it in his heart to curse me ( 2 Samuel 16:5-10 ).

David has no fire, just you know, "Maybe God wants him to curse me. Maybe that's what's in God's heart." David is so broken at this point, realizing that this is the fruit of my sin, and yet there is a beautiful submission to David unto God, and unto the will of God, and even unto the judgment of God that which made David a man after God's own heart. He was willing to just commit himself now totally to God, to the judgment of God, "God, if You want to wipe me out, if You want to destroy me, if You want to curse me, whatever You want to do God, do what You want to me."

David isn't resisting any longer. His life now is one of total and complete commitment. He was brought to that place of brokenness. Which so often is necessary in order that we might enter into that place of complete and total submission unto the will of God. Though it is sort of sad to see the fire gone, yet in another way it's beautiful to see now no more resisting, no more defending himself, but just that total commitment, "whatever God wants, let it be."

So Absalom came into Jerusalem, [and David had left ten of his concubines to keep his palace.] And so Ahithophel said to Absalom, Look, put up a tent on the roof of the house, and take the ten concubines in the sight of all the people and take them into the tent. And there in a sense, humiliate them ( 2 Samuel 16:15 , 2 Samuel 16:21 ).

Now this was showing that a breech was being created between Absalom and David that could not be healed. In other words, the people would feel secure now in following Absalom, because they feel, "Wow, there's no way David could ever forgive this sin." Also, this was a common practice for a king who took over the kingdom from his predecessor, one of the acts of taking the kingdom from his predecessor was taking the king's wives. Even as David took Saul's wives. Taking of the wives of the predecessor again was a part of the succession in the kingdom. So Absalom was really taking this position of superseding David as king, and also creating a breech irreparable between himself and his father.

This was the counsel of Ahithophel and Absalom followed it ( 2 Samuel 16:23 ).

The further prophecy of Nathan was fulfilled as we find the wives of David there in the sun before all the people, being publicly humiliated.

Next week we'll begin our lesson in chapter seventeen.

There was one thing I passed over, and I want to come back to it, in verse twenty-five of chapter fourteen it tells a little bit about Absalom, "And all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom, for his beauty. From the sole of his foot, to the crown of his head, there was no blemish in him." He was a very beautiful person outwardly, but he was cunning, cruel, and all inwardly. Then it says that he pulled his hair annually. "Because his hair was heavy on him, therefore he pulled it, and the weight of his hair was about two hundred shekels after the king's weight." For every year he grew about three to four pounds of hair.

Now part of their pay was by the pulling of their hair. They would give them so much per shekel and so forth for the pulling of their hair. His weighed between three and four pounds annually, when they'd shave his head and weigh it, about three to four pounds. But it was interesting, it was his hair that led to his death. He was riding through the woods, and his hair got caught on a branch, and he was hanging there by his hair when Joab came along and threw the dart through his heart. So you know, there may be disadvantages but there can be advantages too.

Shall we stand?

Our Father we give thanks unto You for those lessons that can be learned as we study Thy Word together. Lord, enrich us in the knowledge of Thy purposes and Thy will. Help us Lord to grow in grace and in the understanding of Thy truth. Lord, we pray now that Thy Word will be hid in our hearts, and may we be cleaned, washed, through the Word that You have spoken. In Jesus' name, Amen. "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 16". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/2-samuel-16.html. 2014.
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