55 minutes | Nov 9th 2020

2 Samuel 16: Shrewd Players | Meek ☧, Takes Shimei's Curse

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Rev. Benjamin Maton, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, joins host Rev. AJ Espinosa to study 2 Samuel 16.


“Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.” Israel was playing a life-and-death poker game, polarized between pro-David and pro-Saul/Absalom factions. In our own age of polarization, we are quick to defend our team no matter the criticism, but David humbly accepts Shimei’s curse. If we are honest about our humanity, all criticisms against us have a kernel of truth. We’re tired of “the game” and the posturing, but we’re addicted to it. Freedom comes in Jesus Christ, who refused to play the game, humbly accepting the curses and becoming our curse for us.

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