” King David said to Ziba , ” Are you Ziba? ”
When God had given victory to David over his enemies. Now everything was peace and King David thought ” why not I do kindness to my friend Jonathan’s family ?” , We read this story in 2 Samuel 9.
Ziba said: ” Yes , I am your servant Ziba “. Ziba was a servant of Saul’s family. Ziba is mentioned in three places in the scripture ,
A- 2 Samuel 9 : 10
B- 2 Samuel 16 and
C- 2 Samuel 19.
First time Ziba will be introduced and announced as a servant of Saul’s family. Scripture says he had fifteen son and twenty servants of his own. In another word he had many goods in his house , his been serving king Saul before. But his master son was living another place , in another land.
Is there anyone still left that I show my kindness to that person. King Daivd says to Ziba.
Ziba said : Yes there is .
Who is he and where can I find him? King said with very enthusiastic face. He was looking for a person , an old friend , an only person whom friendship was strong. Because of this friendship he wants to show his kindness to his family. something rose up inside of king David ” now is the time “. He promised to his best friend Jonathan. He promised to His God. A promise if I would be king one day , I’ll do good to you and your family.
His name is “Mephibosheth!” Ziba said.
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet. Ziba said.
Mephibosheth was living in a place called ‘ lo debar ‘ . a land with no pasture. The land with no covered with grass and other low plants suitable for grazing animals, especially cattle or sheep. He was living in a down town place.
So King David had him brought from Lo Debar.
Ziba travelled far to find him. It was really good for him too. because he saw the king wanted to show mercy and kindness to his master’ son. what would be better than this?
He thought , oh the king seeking for a lame !! what’s the benefit for Him? but this lame will put me in a good place in King’s heart. He went with a good news.
Mephibosheth ! Ziba yield.
He was in the corner of his house in a dusty house. He rubbed himself slowly slowly with a help of a stick. shouted , Shalom! Shalom brother. He gently push away the wooden old door and looked outside.
Ziba came closer and sit in his knees . Put a smart small on his face. looked into eyes of Mephibosheth and said ” King wants to see you! “.
He laughed loudly like a crazy man. And said ” King wants to see me ! ” . He was like a person that you pour out ice on him . He paused a few seconds and said ” Are you serious? ” . Be prepared , Ziba said . You have to help me, Mephibosheth said.
Here Ziba brought Mephibosheth to the presence of king. He bowed down to pay him honour. David said, “Mephibosheth!” . The tears was circling in king’s eyes. but it did not show off. The moment he saw him , He remembered His friend, Jonathan.
“At your service,” he replied.
Are you Jonathan’ son ? King said.
” Yes , your majesty ” 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?”
Now Ziba head was down and listening what’s going on.
Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson.
” Your majesty king ” he replied.
” You and your sons and your servants will keep the land for him ” King said.
” Yes your majesty king ” he replied.
” He will eat at my table regularly and he will be like son for me ” King said.
Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.”
End of part 1.
Is there anyone still left that I show my kindness to that person. I want to do it for Jesus Christ , my son. The Lord king of kings says today.
Written by Dariush Youkhaneh
According 2 Samuel .
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