A pardon from the King!
Scripture Reading for April 1st: 2nd Samuel 19-20
Have you ever done something really foolish? (By the way, today is April fool’s day!) In the last presidential campaign, one of the candidates talked bad about his opponent without realizing that his microphone was on and he was being recorded. It was an embarrassing situation that was hard to justify! In today’s reading, a man by the name of Shimei had done something really stupid to King David, who was now returning to power in Jerusalem.
As David left the city when he fled from Absalom, Shimei yelled curses at him. (2nd Samuel 16:5-8) David responded with the statement that God had sent Shimei to do that. (2nd Samuel 16:11-12) Although Abishai, a son of Zeruiah, wanted to kill Shimei, David refused to do so. David realized that his current situation was a result of his own sin. God had warned him that trouble would come to him from his own household. (2nd Samuel 12:10-13) Shimei’s curses were reminding David of his sin and of God’s promise.
Now, after Absalom’s rebellion had been stopped by his untimely death, David was returning to Jerusalem as King over God’s people. Shimei was one of the first to greet him. He immediately fell at the King’s feet and asked for mercy, confessing his sin and taking responsibility. (2nd Samuel 19:16-20) His humble attitude and progressive actions found a receptive heart in the King. The sons of Zeruiah still wanted to get revenge and had to be rebuked again by the King. (2nd Samuel 19:21-23) The King granted a pardon to Shimei! I believe he understood God’s mercy when he, himself, cried out to God for it. (Psalm 51:1-2)
We can all identify with Shimei in that we have all sinned against the King of Heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ! We have rebelled against Him and deserve punishment. Our accuser, Satan, tries to condemn us to death. But the Lord has mercy on those who humbly confess and call upon Him for pardon. God forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness! (1st John 1:9) This is good news! We can have a pardon from the King! Honest confession and repentance will bring forgiveness and restoration. Take the action needed today to deal with sins against God or man who is made in God’s image! Psalm 51 is a great pattern. Forgive yourself too! We have a pardon from the King!