It’s tough to hear criticism—especially when it’s wrong. One of the dark moments of King David’s reign saw him shuffling barefoot over the Mount of Olives, fleeing rather than facing a fight with his rebel son Absalom.
After David made his way over the summit, he passed below the Benjamite village of Bahurim. There a loudmouth named Shimei hurled rocks at David’s passing entourage. But the curses Shimei chucked hurt worse.
David’s response was stellar:
My son who came out from me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him. Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day. —2 Sam. 16:11–12
Centuries later, another Benjamite named Shimei would play a role in providing blessing to David’s line. In fact to all Jews.
And to you.
Has someone criticized you unfairly? Here’s what you have to look forward to.
Bahurim’s Curse Gets Turned on its Head
The Lord’s unconditional promise to David saw the preservation of David’s line, in spite of the fact that the sin of David’s son, Solomon, split the kingdom and ultimately led the Jews into exile.
When the Jews lived in exile in the Persian empire, they faced the threat of extermination under the cruel hand of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. But God stepped in with irony:
At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. . . . This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. —Esther 2:5–7
Although some scholars interpret “Kish” as the father of Saul and “Shimei” as the man who cursed David, these names more likely refer to Mordecai’s grandfather and great-grandfather by the same names.