Rest from Parable Enemies

Representation_of_the_Sower's_parableI will give you rest from all your enemies. (II Samuel 7:11)

Almighty God said this to King David. ‘I will give you rest from all your enemies.’

We can hardly imagine, I think, what a relief it was for David to hear this. After all, Scripture sings of the young king that he “played with lions as with young goats and with bears as with lambs of the flock. Did he not kill a giant?”

So David was relieved to hear that rest from his enemies was coming. And the Lord’s statement gives us hope, too. Especially when we consider:

“As soon as they hear about the mystery of the Kingdom of God, Satan comes at once.”

king davidAnd if we survive that, then “tribulation and persecution comes.”

Not to mention the fact that we have to deal with “worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things,” things other than heaven.

Our enemies are lined-up, in other words, like they lined up before King David, ready to take a crack at us at a moment’s notice. Staying focused on the invisible things of God can become enormously hard. It takes a long time for the seed to grow into full flower, and a lot of weather comes in the meantime—polar vortexes, summer droughts, ice storms, derechos, etc.

But we can count on God’s help. We read also of David, in the same place where it recounts how he played with lions and bears, that “he appealed to the Lord, the Most High, and God gave him strength.”

So let’s appeal, too. Help us, O Lord, to persevere in faith! May we have the better of the spiritual enemies who tempt and haunt us. And, when it shall please You, we look forward to the rest You will give us from their attacks.

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2 thoughts on “Rest from Parable Enemies

  1. Father Mark,

    As always, prophecy is a dicey business. So, if God promises to give us “…rest from all your enemies.”, as Nathan says in 2nd Samuel, what about our friends and relatives? What about Absalom, anyhow?

    I’ve always liked: 2nd Samuel 16 — David and Shimei.: 5 As King David was approaching Bahurim, there was a man coming out; he was of the same clan as the house of Saul, and his name was Shimei, son of Gera. He kept cursing as he came out, 6 and throwing stones at David and at all King David’s officers, even though all the soldiers, including the royal guard, were on David’s right and on his left. 7 Shimei was saying as he cursed: “Get out! Get out! You man of blood, you scoundrel! 8 The LORD has paid you back for all the blood shed from the family of Saul,* whom you replaced as king, and the LORD has handed over the kingdom to your son Absalom. And now look at you: you suffer ruin because you are a man of blood.” 9 Abishai, son of Zeruiah, said to the king: “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” 10 But the king replied: “What business is it of mine or of yours, sons of Zeruiah, that he curses? Suppose the LORD has told him to curse David; who then will dare to say, ‘Why are you doing this?” 11 Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants: ‘If my own son, who came forth from my loins, is seeking my life, how much more might this Benjaminite do so! Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.”

    It’s wondrous to see David’s take on Shimei, Shimei’s foolhardiness, Abishai’s faithfulness as a man of war. If you want to have real fun, picture the scene, David fleeing for his life, wrapped in his cape, Shimei on the rise, heaving stones, David’s take on Shimei, his recognition of his sinfulness, resignation to the Lord. It’s easy to see why he was the man “.. The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart.” [1 Samuel 13: 14] Peruse the chapters intervening between today’s reading and this passage, oh, the sin, the sin. Then, read further, Absalom’s demise, Joab’s (another man of war) actions, his reproval of David (always a risky business). If you like action, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

    In God we trust.

    LIH,

    joe

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