- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 16
David and Ziba.
King David’s fifth encounter with the household of King Saul was with Ziba. He was a servant of King Saul whom King David had enriched so that he might provide for Mephibosheth. Ziba arrived with provisions for David’s men and accused Mephibosheth. His accusation might try to confuse King David to get what King David would give him.
King David’s sixth encounter was with Shimei of Saul’s house. Shimei cursed King David and his men, referring to the deaths of Abner who was the army commander of King Saul, and to the killing of two of King Saul’s sons and five of his grandsons. More curse against King David was what he said, “The Lor has handed the kingdom over to your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a man of blood.” (v8). But King David was calm as he was. King David’s sixth encounter showed that he earned both loyalty and hatred and that King Saul’s household was still alienated from him.
Conspiracy against King David came from Hushai, a spy from Absalom, and Ahithophel, a seer for Absalom. Hoshai was hoping to gain Absalom’s confidence. Ahithophel counsels Absalom to take his father, King David’s place, by having bed with David’s concubines. Ahithophel had vengeance against King David by having this plot so that the people of Israel be misled. (v.23)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2.What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?