Cakes and Curses — 2 Samuel 16:1-14
This text begins one of the darkest periods in King David’s life. His own son, Absalom, is about to attempt to usurp the throne and David is in flight. Supporters have been meeting him along the way to encourage him, go with him, or provide for him. Also meeting him are either questionable characters or outright enemies. These include Ziba and Shimei.
Ziba comes with provisions but also with news that one of David’s “adopted” sons has forsaken him. Wary of Ziba and his loyalties, David accepts the news at face value since he is unable to either verify or prove wrong this claim. Ziba, meanwhile, is able to take advantage of the situation and get a blessing from the king. Shimei on the other hand, openly curses and humiliates David. With the power to silence this detractor, David instead accepts that this may just be a part of the humiliation he must endure due to the consequences of his own sin. David, while imperfect, shows faith by relying on God for justice and to keep His promises. We must all be prepared for such storms, even for those who might kick us when we are down – not by revenge or power but by reliance on the God of perfect justice, standing on the Lord.