May we have the spirit of Mephibosheth

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.28.2019 – Old Testament: 2Sa 19.24–30

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 19–20 on April 28, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

As David fled from Absalom, Ziba, a servant of Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, claimed that Mephibosheth saw an opportunity during the rebellion of Absalom to take the kingdom for himself. However, later Mephibosheth joined David:

Now Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. And he had not cared for his feet, nor trimmed his mustache, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he returned in peace. So it was, when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him, “Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?” And he answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me. For your servant said, I will saddle a donkey for myself, that I may ride on it and go to the king,’ because your servant is lame. And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king, but my lord the king is like the angel of God. Therefore do what is good in your eyes. For all my father’s house were but dead men before my lord the king. Yet you set your servant among those who eat at your own table. Therefore what right have I still to cry out anymore to the king?” So the king said to him, “Why do you speak anymore of your matters? I have said, You and Ziba divide the land.” Then Mephibosheth said to the king, “Rather, let him take it all, inasmuch as my lord the king has come back in peace to his own house.”

– 2 Samuel 19.24–30

Mephibosheth saw that he had been the recipient of many blessings from David, leading him to say that Ziba could have all the property of the house of Saul. May the world give us more people who are not greedy, but will turn their backs on goods.

Questions:

  • How important is money to you?
  • Would you sue to get money from a family member?

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