2 Samuel 9 (NRSV)
David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
David asked, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
In 1 Samuel 7 David asked, “What can I do for God?” and he proposed to build a temple for the Lord. Now David asks another question we should each ask: “What can I do for others?”–David Guzik
2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and he was summoned to David. The king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
And he said, “At your service!”
3The king said, “Is there anyone remaining of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?”
To whom can I show “the kindness of God” today?
“If We Are the Body” by Casting Crowns puts the question even more directly.
Ziba said to the king, “There remains a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.”
The day that King Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle, the nurse picked up Mephibosheth and ran with him, since the usual practice for new kings was to kill the family members of the former king. In her haste, the nurse tripped and dropped the child. (See 2 Samuel 4:4.)
4The king said to him, “Where is he?”
Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.”
We will see Machir son of Ammiel become a strong supporter of King David.
5Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, and fell on his face and did obeisance. David said, “Mephibosheth!”
He answered, “I am your servant.”
7David said to him, “Do not be afraid, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan;
Ephesians 4:32 (King James Version)
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
I will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul, and you yourself shall eat at my table always.”
8He did obeisance and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I?”
9Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10You and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him, and shall bring in the produce, so that your master’s grandson may have food to eat; but your master’s grandson Mephibosheth shall always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
11Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so your servant will do.”
Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons. 12Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. 13Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he always ate at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.
Luke 14:15 (New Living Translation)
Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.