Joel (1 Chr 5:4-5:6)

“The sons of Joel were Shemaiah, Gog, Shimei, Micah, Reaiah, Baal, and Beerah. King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria carried away Joel, who was a chieftain of the Reubenites, into exile.”

Although there are many biblical people named Joel, this Joel is a descendent of Reuben, either via Hanoch or Carmi. This Joel had 7 sons. Joel himself was taken away during the Assyrian Captivity. Otherwise, there is no mention of any of the children from the 4 sons of Reuben. Like Simeon, this tribe or clan of Reuben tends to disappear slowly. Just like Simeon, there is someone called (1) Shemaiah and Shimei. This is the first (2) Gog mentioned, but others will come. There are 2 other more famous people with the name (3) Micah, one from Judges, chapters 17-18, and other prophet with the book named Micah. (4) Reaiah is also mentioned in the families of Judah. (5) Baal was the name of a very popular god in Israel and Samaria. However, it also was the name of a place as well as the name of some individuals. This would seem to indicate that Baal worship was very strong since people and places take this name. (6) Beerah was only mentioned here.

Shaul (1 Chr 4:25-4:27)

“Shallum was the son of Shaul. Mibsam was his son. Mishma was his son. The sons of Mishma were Hammuel, Zaccur, and Shimei. Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters. However, his brothers did not have many children, so that all their family did not multiply like the Judeans.”

Here there are 5 generations descendent from Simeon via Shallum who must have been the most important of Simeon’s sons. There were over 15 people with the name of (1) Shallum, including a King of Israel (743 BCE). Interesting enough both (2) Mibsam and (3) Mishma were the names of the sons of Ishmael. I am not sure whether this is a coincidence or an attempt to say something here. This is the only mention of the name Hammuel, the son of Mishma. There are 5 or 6 people with the name of Zaccur. There 16 different biblical figures with the name of (4) Shimei. This Shimei was very productive with over 22 children. However, his brothers and their families did not multiply like the family of Judah. This might be the reason that the family of Simeon will blend and become simply Judah.

The future of David’s followers (1 Kings 2:5-2:9)

“Moreover you know also what Joab son of Zeruiah did to me. How he dealt with the two commanders of the armies of Israel, Abner son of Ner and Amasa son of Jether. He murdered both of them, retaliating in a time of peace for blood that had been shed in war. He put the blood of war on the belt around his waist and on the sandals of his feet. Act therefore according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to Sheol in peace. Deal loyally with the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite. Let them be among those who eat at your table. They gave me such loyalty when they met me as I fled from your brother Absalom. There is also with you, Shimei son of Gera, the Benjaminite from Bahurim, who cursed me with a terrible curse on the day when I went to Mahanaim. But when he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by Yahweh. ‘I will not put you to death with the sword.’ Therefore do not hold him guiltless. You are a wise man. You will know what you ought to do to him. You must bring his gray head down with blood to Sheol.’”

After the lovely admonitions to follow Yahweh and the Mosaic Law, David got practical with what to do about certain of his followers. It seems that what David was afraid to do during his lifetime, he wanted done after his death. He was still mad at Joab for killing Abner and Amasa during peace time for what they had done in battle. Although he had forgiven Shimei for his curses, David felt that his son should do to him the same as he hoped he would do to Joab, send both their gray bloody heads to Sheol. On the other hand, Solomon was to be kind to the sons of Barzillai, whose father had been so kind to him when he was in exile from Solomon’s brother Absalom. Revenge is sweet even if it takes another generation to get it done. So there were the blessings and the curses of David. There is no great speech, just the admonitions to Solomon.