Kimham enters the story line of Israel well into the long rule of King David. You can find his story in 2 Samuel 19:31-40.
|King David flees|
After Absalom was killed, David planned his return to Jerusalem. He invited Barzillai to accompany him and live there the rest of his days. At 80 years old, Barzillai declined to make the journey and offered to send his son, Kimham, along with David instead.
David agreed and Kimham willingly joined him on the journey back to Jerusalem. Just like his father had been, Kimham was hospitable to David and became a helpful companion.
David rewarded Kimham for his loyalty. He gave Kimham a gift of land in the Bethlehem area that his descendants inherited later.
Do you see where this is going?
Friendship, loyalty, and generosity.
These three qualities characterized the relationships between King David and Barzillai and King David and Kimham.
It is likely before reading this post you had never even heard of Barzillai or Kimham, yet they were the behind-the-scenes guys for perhaps the greatest king who ever lived - King David.
David was a man after God's own heart. He was a worshipper, a warrior, and a mighty king. Out of David's lineage came the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ, born in a small stable possibly on the land David had given to Kimham.
After I discovered the hidden character of Kimham, the more I read over the details of this obscure man and his place in the larger story, the more my heart swelled in worship at the revelation of the picture I was starting to see.
The whole story of Kimham is a picture of the blessing that can happen when a person chooses to leave his past and walk in a relationship with a king.
While others, including Barzillai, refused the king's offer and said "no," Kimham accepted and said "yes."
Have you said "yes" to the King of Kings, to Jesus?
Your life, your actions, your "yes" can potentially resound throughout all of eternity.