Friday, May 09, 2008

Mephibosheth

May 9: 2 Samuel 8-9 & 1 Chronicles 18

1 And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”
2 Samuel 9:1-8, English Standard Version

Mephibosheth

When I compare two passages of Scripture covering the same events, I like see what is different between the two accounts. Both 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles tells of David's exploits and victory that God to Him against all of his enemies. But, only 2 Samuel records the passage shown above concerning Mephibosheth.

This story is another example of David's Godly character; he had promised his dear friend Jonathan that he would take care of his household. David inquired of Ziba, a servant of Saul, regarding the family of Saul, that he might honor them. Upon finding that Jonathan had a son who was still alive, but was lame, David called for him. Mephibosheth, Jonathan's son, was very fearful; it was the custom to put to death all of the descendants of a former king.

That was not David's purpose, however. Instead, he gave to Mephibosheth a place of honor in his house by treating him as one of his own sons. In addition, he restored all of the land of Saul to the household of Mephibosheth.

Are we this honorable in all of our dealings? When we take over a position left by someone else, especially an enemy, how do we treat them? How could David be so generous? Why did he not fear that Mephibosheth would rise up and try to take back the kingdom?

David trusted the Lord; God had told him that his kingdom would last forever, and David believed Him. How strong is our faith today? How firmly do we take hold of the promises of God, no matter what the outward appearances? David's God is our God, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

God Bless You,
Linda

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