This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
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“[2Sa 19:23 NIV] 23 So the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king promised him on oath.”
In Oct 20, 2000, the movie “Pay it Forward” was released. It chronicles the launch of a national movement by a 14-year-old boy who had an idea based on a simple act of kindness. The movie had an impact that still resonates today. Three thousand years before the movie, King David sowed a seed of grace that would harvest generations later.
In 2 Samuel 16, Shimei calls down curses on David, as he is fleeing from Absalom. David spares his life the first time recognizing that Shimei may be wrong to curse the King but right that these consequences were from God (:11). David knew there would be consequences for his sin, but He also knew God had forgiven him. Forgiveness doesn’t always change our consequences.
In Ch 19, David is now returning back to Jerusalem. Absalom is dead, and those who betrayed the king would have expected the same fate. David sows the seed of grace. He receives the apology of Shimei and rejects the advice to kill this man who cursed him. Little did David know that act of grace would not just prolong Shimei’s life but one day save the nation.
The book of Esther tells the story of how God saved his people from annihilation. God uses Esther and Mordecai in a powerful way. In Esther ch 2:5 when the genealogy of Mordecai is given, we learn that he is a descendant of Shimei, the Benjaminite. David had no way of knowing that his choice to walk in grace could result generations later in the saving of all of his people.
I believe David’s act of grace was rooted in the grace he had received from God. Those who have experienced the grace of God, are called to do the same. Are you struggling with how to respond to someone who has cursed you or wronged you? Remember how God in Christ has treated you. As Christians may we respond with the grace we have been given, who knows what God will do when we sow the seeds of grace!