Daily Bible Reading “David Meets Mephibosheth” (2 Samuel 9:1-13)

 David Shows Kindness to Jonathan's Son, Mephibosheth II Samuel 9:3-8

 David Meets Mephibosheth

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 9:1-13. David inquired if there was anyone left from the house of Saul. He wanted to show kindness to them for his friend, Jonathan’s sake.

There was a servant by the name of Ziba from Saul’s house. They called him to come to David. When he arrived the king asked him if he was Ziba. He answered, “Thy servant is he.”

The king asked Ziba if there was anyone from the house of Saul left, so he could show the kindness of God to him. Ziba told David that Jonathan’s son, who was lame, was still living.

The king asked, “Where is he?” Ziba told the king that he was in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.

King David sent for him. When Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he fell on his face, and showed reverence to the king. David called him by name saying, “Mephibosheth.” He answered David saying, “Behold thy servant!”

David told him that he didn’t need to be afraid all he wanted was to show him kindness for his father Jonathan’s sake. David also promised Mephibosheth that he would restore to him all of Saul’s land which was his grandfather. David also invited him to eat at the king’s table .

Mephibosheth bowed down, and asked, “What is thy servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?”

The king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and told him, that he gave to his master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to his house.

David told Ziba that he, his sons, and his servants, were to till the land for Mephibosheth. Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. They were to bring in the fruits so his master’s son would have food to eat. David also told Ziba that Mephibosheth, his master’s son, was invited to eat at his table.

Ziba told David he would do everything David asked him to do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he will eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.

Mephibosheth also had a young son, whose name was Micha. All those who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.

Mephibosheth stayed in Jerusalem and ate at the king’s table as the king had insisted. Mephibosheth was lame on both of his feet.

Why was David so insistent on Mephibosheth eating at his table? Was it because he was Jonathan’s son? Was it because he was lame? Can you imagine being invited to eat at the king’s table?

Mephibosheth was invited to dine there on an ongoing basis as one of the king’s sons. As Christians one day we will be invited to dine at the table of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as sons and daughters of the King.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 9:1-13

1 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?
2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.
3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.
4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.
5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!
7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.
8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?
9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.
12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

 

Things to think about:

  • Why was David inquiring about descendants of Saul?
  • Who was David wanting to show honor to? Why?
  • Which of Saul’s descendants did David find was still living?
  • What did David grant to the descendant of Saul?
  • What are some things we can learn from this lesson?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that David was an honest man. He searched out Saul’s descendants to give them what was rightfully theirs. He also showed honor to Jonathan by treating his son as his own son. Help us to be honest in all our dealings. Help us to show honor to those who honor is due. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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