Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bible Study Notes in 2 Samuel- Chapter 9

2 Samuel 9

-A tender story of compassion and servitude fills the verses of this pericope of Scripture. David begins the action with asking the question, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” There was a servant of the house of Saul named Ziba who was called to the king and questioned concerning any survivors of the house of the former king. David truly remembered his covenant with his best friend (1 Samuel 18:1-3; 20). Ziba informed them that indeed there was a lone survivor by the name of Mephibosheth, who happened to be in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar. He was quickly summoned into the king’s presence, where he fell prostrate claiming to be David’s servant. The kind king said to Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet from a fall in escaping with his life at a tender age (2 Samuel 4:4), “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly.” This prompted Mephibosheth to prostrate himself once again asking why, as David’s servant, that he should receive such blessing. He considered himself a “dead dog,” but in the king’s eyes he found favor (2 Samuel 9:1-8).

-The king immediately called Ziba and informed him that everything from the house of Saul was now given to Mephibosheth. Ziba was assigned the task of cultivating the crippled man’s fields along with all his servants and sons. Nevertheless, Mephibosheth would be eating at the king’s table regularly. Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants, so this was an impressive staff to take care of Saul’s land, now given to Mephibosheth. This would certainly have been lucrative. Ziba agreed to the proposition, and Mephibosheth ate with David just as one of his own sons regularly. Mephibosheth at the time had a young son by the name of Mica, and they lived in Jerusalem while Ziba and his sons and his servants cultivated their inheritance in the nearby land of Benjamin (2 Samuel 9:9-13).

-*Application* This picture of grace and restoration is inspiring to say the least. This is definitely a foreshadowing to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and the future glory we will receive in Heaven (Revelation 19:9). We could also look at the sacrificial servitude of Ziba and his house as examples of lives well lived. Giving is an incredible blessing, and pouring favor on others gives us the greatest joys in this earthly life. Don’t we just love happy endings? (for more inspiration in song see:

Verse to Memorize: 2 Samuel 9:7

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