2 Samuel 9

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David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “At your service,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.” “Where is he?” the king asked.  Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”  So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.  David said, “Mephibosheth!”  “At your service,” he replied.  “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”   Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.

12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth.13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.

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My Thoughts

There is something very right about following through with your promises.  David is king of Israel; he has been busy fighting battles to restore the boundaries of Israel. He has been busy being king, but here he takes a moment to remember his friend Jonathan and the promise he made him. At moments like this we truly see the David that God sees…  David the man after God’s own heart.  This act will come back to reward David in an unexpected way later in the story… but for now I want us to use the opportunity to think about our own lives.  What promises have we made, who we should honour with our right actions.  Take a moment to let the Holy Spirit remind you of the thinks you have said and not followed through with.  Now take a moment to do the right thing and enjoy the fullness of God’s blessing that comes with that.

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