Somebody Loves You - June 12

SUNDAY 12 June, 2016

Blood Thirsty Man

Also Shimei said thus when he cursed: “Come out! Come out! You bloodthirsty man, you rogue! The Lordhas brought upon you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned; and the Lordhas delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom your son. So now you are caught in your own evil, because you are a bloodthirsty man!” - 2 Samuel 16:7-8

Shimei’s words were cutting and painful. Satan used this enemy to defame David and heap upon him horrible condemnation. He had implied that David deserved everything that was happening in his life. God had allowed him to be repaid for the evil he had committed against Saul and his descendants. But David was not a bloodthirsty man––a murderous cut throat! He was never eager to hurt or shed the blood of any man.

David did not defend himself or retaliate against these unjust and railing accusations. David was reaping the consequences for his sin of adultery and the murder of Uriah, but these accusations from Shimei were false and had nothing to do with what was transpiring. What was true about David? He was a mighty man of valor––man of war.

When David desired to build a house for God, the Lord told Him: …‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood…(1 Chronicles 28:2-3, 6). Instead his son Solomon would continue to accomplish the task. This was not a punishment; God honored David at this time. The promise of the Messiah would come through His lineage and his throne would be established forever (2 Samuel 7:16).

When Satan uses people to defame and condemn us, we do not need to defend ourselves. God will take care of the situation fully and completely.

There istherefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
~ Romans 8:1~

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