2 Samuel Chapter 9

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2 Samuel 9

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?

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.

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.

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.

Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

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!

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.

And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

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.

41 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 9

  1. We can have spiritual ***** meals every day of the week!

    In the ancient world, kings customarily extrerminated all members of the previous dynasty as potential rivals. So Mephibosheth had good reason to fear David, as he did in vs 6 when “..he fell on his face and prostrated himself.” However, David was not one to forget his promise (1 Sa 20:15). He went beyond what was required of him in his covenant with Jonathan. He returned Saul’s personal estates in the area assigned to the tribe of Benjamin to Mephiboseheth and invited him to eat at the kings table, a special mark of honor. Who will you let sit at your table? Who will sit at the Lords table? Those of whom he is called, and have endured to obey. Its a mark of esteem and kindness: 1 Ki 2:7 “But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.”

    Most people sit together because they are friends or family. Others sit together to fellowship and outreach to the lost. Jesus did, and so shoud we. Mark 2:14 “..sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. 15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ” And he is preparing us a place at His table now (Jhn 14:3).

    In David’s day, neither the sick, crippled or lame could serve in the temple (Lev 21:17-21). The lame where at the mercy of those who took care of them and carried them from place to place (mt 15:30); Ac 3:2). Since they often had no way to support themselves, they resorted to begging. Not to say this is what Mephibosheth did because there is no scriptural evidence to prove it, but that this is what the disabled people of this time did. Its possible that he lived in obscurity out of fear of David, but his deformity may have driven him into seclusion- for the grandson of king Saul calls himself a “dead dog” (2 Sa 9:8). He displays the same self-depreciating spirit in 2 Sa 19:26-28. Like David who rescues Mephibosheth, God is a rescuer of the lame (Zep 3:19). And he calls us to do the same. We are to follow David’s example by helping those who cannot help themselves and those who have nothing to offer us in return (Luk 14:13-14). The help I speak of doesn’t always have to be in the physical but, also spiritual as well because sometimes speaking scripture, hugs, smiles, and encouragment can do more spiritual good than a steak can. “it is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mat 4:4)

  2. 13 we my be lame in are life from sin and the choices we have made but thank God u still says come and eat at His the kings table the table of life blesses all the days of our life.

  3. This story is a type and shadow of the time to come when we will sit at the feast in heaven. We in our sin do not deserve to be at that feast and eat continually with the Lord, but Through God’s grace and mercy he shows us kindness and gave us a way to salvation.

  4. vs 13/
    So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem for he did eat continually at the king’s table and was lame on both his feet.
    This means to me that we may fall or trip up or better yet we are believers and we are sitting in God’s atmosphere (Jerusalem )…..we are sitting at the kings table (we are getting fed at the church Pofw )thank you Pastor for feeding us on a regular basis …….and was lame on bothfeet….to me this means we may not listening to every word so this cripples us that the message that God’s trying to tell us on a day to day basis. We are chosing to disobey God’s word when we are lame that means we can’t walk and if we can’t walk we have no strength to get up and start moving around.
    i pray that I am never this way that I follow God’s statues and not mine. I thank you Jesus for letting me to beable to sit at your table on earth and in Heaven so I can be fed spiritually. And then I can walk! !!!!

  5. 2 Samuel 9:5-6
    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!

    Then King (beloved) sent and fetched him out of the house of (sold), the son of (God is my kinsman), from (pasture less field)

    Just like was brought to the king’s house from the wilderness, we too were looked on by God. We were sold into bondage, yet God acted as our kinsman redeemer. We were left to fend for ourselves in the wilderness and He brought us to the king’s house.

    Mephibosheth was lame on his feet but David took care of him. This is a picture of God’s grace. He couldn’t do it on his own but God gave him the ability to come and sit at the King’s table.

    Why?

    Though he was the son of Johnathan I believe that there is a simple principle in this. Mephibosheth’s name means “exterminating the idol”.

    To sit at the master’s table we must remove all idols and gods of this world from our lives. We can’t dine at the table of the king and the table of the world: gossiping, complaining, backbiting, rebellion, discouragement, unbelief, worldly amusements, ie. the bread or meat of the enemy.

    Daniel 1:8
    But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

    Jesus cries for us to come and dine, and to bring souls to his table!

    2 Corinthians 6:14-18
    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

  6. In this scripture, it is apparent of the importance of showing forth mercy toward your enemies. If, you can also recall, we are to pray for our enemies, and to love our neighbors as self. This is a highly important characteristic of our Savior Jesus Christ. He always, displayed the love of the Father, with his hands, mercy, and he didn’t get bent out of shape when it came to sitting with sinners. Sinners like you & me, let’s not get caught up with high thinking that we are better than anyone else. Be the Church, and keep the faith, and continue reaching out to others. Remember, when you water others, you are also watering yourself, it’s in the book. When you show compassion, and help others, you are showing a Godly Character, and let it be genuine. The mercifull, shall receive mercy, so give and it shall be given unto you.

    David, was displaying a Godly Character, when he showed compassion/mercy unto Mephibosheth. He could have ignored, what he previously promised, and showed that he was a mighty king. David, had the power, his God on his side, and had riches. But, he also was man after the heart of God. Who is Love…..

    “BeChurch”
    iwork….iwork….iwork….imissu…imisschoir…imisshospitality…imissoutreach…imisseveningservices…

  7. Mephibosheth is a picture of an unconverted soul lining Ina barren land ( lo debar may mean no pasture) and sold under sin (machir means sold) . He was an outcast from the fallen house of Saul . He was unable to come to the king to beg for mercy, being lame in both his feet but the gracious sovereign sought his out in order to bless him . Once found , mephibosheth was given great riches and a place if fellowship at the king’s table . The parallels to salvation are obvious . Like Mephibosheth , we were helpless ( unable to come to God); our condition was hopeless being part of a fallen race . But by grace we became objects of divine favor. We have been elevated to a place in the family of God and made joint- heirs with Christ.

  8. THE SERVANTS BLESSING

    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.

    Through David’s desire to honor his friend Jonathan, the servant is BLESSED.

    In the life and process of serving we find ourselves in an occasional rut of the routine; however as we witness here, the faithful servant shall obtain his reward.

    Ziba nor Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had done anything to deserve the BLESSING that was pronounced on them as a result of Jonathan the deceased friend of David. Ziba was BLESSED because he was in position of SERVING when he heard the Kings request. Mephibosheth was BLESSED as the result of his fathers position of serving.

    Whatever the opportunity may be for us to serve; let’s remember THE SERVANTS BLESSING. Serve faithfully and the King will reward us around his table alway!

    iPray
    iWork

  9. A Blessing for the Next Generation.

    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.

    A Fathers gift to his children last not just for the next generation to follow, but last for generations to come. My father told me at a young age that having a good name was more honorable than having alot of money. This scripture just proves that. Even though Mephibosheth was Jonathans son and Sauls grandson, David blessed him because of being friends with Jonathan, and gave him Sauls land back to him, for he was the heir to it. What we do in our life doesn’t just affect those around us, but also affects our children, grandchildren, and generation to follow.

  10. Remembering a Promise…….In this chapter, David remembered the promise of loyalty he had made with Jonathan.

    1 Samuel 20:17 (CEV)….”Jonathan thought as much of David as he did of himself, so he asked David to promise once more that he would be a loyal friend.”

    1 Samuel 20:42 (CEV)….”Jonathan said, “Take care of yourself. And remember, we each have asked the Lord to watch and make sure that we and our descendants keep our promise forever.”

    Sometimes it becomes easy for people to make empty promises. We must be wary of this. For some a promise may be all that they have left and for someone to have no intention of keeping that promise, it can be a crushing and debilitating blow.

    However, all of God’s promises are loyal and true!

  11. We need to hold on to our promise,it may not come when we think it should,but will come when God knows we have the need and it will be greater than we could ever imagine!!!!

  12. 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.

    The name Ziba means army, fight, strength in Israel. The history of Ziba originates from a Israeli background.

    Machir was the first-born son of Manasseh (Josh. xvii. 1; I Chron. vii. 14); founder of the most important or dominant branch of the tribe of Manasseh, and his name means bartered.

    Ammiel means “people of God.” One of the twelve spies sent by Moses to search the land of Canaan.

    Mephibosheth is Hebrew in origin and it’s meaning is dispeller of the idol (Baal).

    Thank God that Jesus took the time to look past my bartered past, calling me out from false doctorine, to grow me to be a strong dispeller of idols…

    David kept his word to Johnathan. Though it wasn’t easy, he still did as he said. Today it is very important that we also keep our word. I had a good friend joke with me and my girls the other day, and when he said something to them that they knew was false, WOW. Anna shot back with Proverbs, “A lying toungue hateth its offernder”, and he was stunned. I told him that I daddy don’t play, I don’t even try to be that way with them, that if I want to play, I am very cautious about what I say, because I want them to know that their Daddy loves them enough to tell them the truth all the time, even though it may hurt me and them, because the Bible can’t lie, and I don’t hate them.

  13. For the love of a Brother.

    David was lacking one thing, to fulfill a promise, a bond of brotherhood. Find me some one, any one from the house of Saul. I need to give all this love I have for my brother Jonathan now gone to some one. That is exactly how I felt when my son passed, find me some one, any one where I can put this love into. Thank you Jesus for even today He still brings children to my lap to comfort & love. In the same way, Lord bring some one, any one, anointed by You to help us fill that promise of the Harvest. Send us the driver for the bus, the teachers for the children, the workers for your labor with the desire for the souls out there. Lord have them come guide their steps to the doors of your church. Let us be open enough to receive them in our tables, to show them kindness, to give them Love.

  14. His treatment of Mephibosheth shows David’s integrity as a leader who accepted his obligation to show love and mercy. His generous provision for Jonathan’s son goes beyond any political benefit he might have received. Are we able to forgive those who have wronged us? Can we be generous with those less deserving? Each time we show compassion, our character is strengthened.

  15. I love to eat lunch with Jesus
    The Table of the King

    And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. (Revelation 19:9 KJV)

    We were once in conflict with God. We were once the sons of disobedience. We were sons of the evil one…

    For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (Colossians 3:6, 7 KJV)

    But thank Jesus we repented and the KING has invited us to the KINGS TABLE

  16. v7 And David said unto him,Fear not: for I wli 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 .

    I’m so thankful that we serve a forgiving GOD
    if we truly repent of our failures.
    The LORD can restore us over nite
    We can have a new beginning
    Let go…and let GOD do it.
    “Perfect peace have they who’s mind is in
    GOD”
    ” I will restore the years” Joel 2
    Another promise in HIS WORD
    In the last days” I will pour out my Spirit
    says the LORD.”

    The Holy Spirit moves where it wants to
    Not where we want to. ISA..3
    My prayer today is that we will be a vessel
    a channel in the will of GOD.

  17. When the servant has servants
    Mephibosheth had been hiding for so long, now he has a servant named
    Ziba who has 20 servants, imagine how blessed you are when your servant has 20 servants. David took him from a life of memories to a life of blessing. That is the realm that we can attain by serving God.

  18. We can follow David’s example of showing kindness by being ready to bless/help the people who come into the church and are hurting-maimed and disabled by the circumstances in their lives. Though it may be hard or unpopular, we too can extend help and hope to those the Lord brings in. We will not receive a pat on the back or any fame here, but will surely have a reward in Heaven for that concern and help we are able to give. Some may need food, others may need to be accepted and loved while they distance themselves from their sinful past. If we love them as they are and let God do the work in their lives, we will be doubly blessed by having a new sister or brother to labor for the kingdom of God with!

  19. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

    So glad God accepts us no matter what sins we committed or all the mistakes we made! ❤

  20. 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

    Mephibosheth came before the king knowing that he was not in a position to be requesting anything. He came humbly willing to beg forgiveness for his father’s mistakes. Yet because of a promise, Mephibosheth was granted forgiveness of Saul’s sins and given all the blessings that were Saul’s.
    Today we get the option to come before the throne of Jesus with prayer, humbly, asking forgiveness for our sins. When we do come humbly, and submissively, Jesus blesses and we have opportunities to walk in the blessings that others have walked away from.

  21. 13. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

    We also have a King who allows us to eat at His table continually; we must be like Mephibosheth and humbly take advantage of it…

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  22. i love to eat supper with Jesus

    David wasnt perfect, but he was a man of his word. Also, when he was in the wrong, he humbled himself and repented. A good example.

  23. David exhibits the character of a true friend in this chapter. He and Jonathan were best buddies at one time, looked out for each, and cared for each other. Jonathan protected David from the wrath of Saul on numerous occassion. Bestowing upon Jonathan’s son the benefits that David did, allows us to see that David went above and beyond the call of duty. Jonathan was already deceased and would never know the kindness David was showing towards his heir. David went the extra mile. Lord help us to go the extra mile with our “friends” that it may speak to their families and heirs of the kindness exhibited by POFW.

  24. 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.

    Yet again David displays his ability to be used of God by showing mercy to a man whom most would have overlooked. He sought out the family of a man who sought to take his life.

    He desired to restore to Mephibosheth his inheritance.

    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.

  25. Wow! The responsibly a parent carries for their future. Jonathans decisions were still impacting his children’s and grandchildren’s lives long after he was gone.

    Makes be think about “Costly decisions” that I want to stay away from and never make. And some “Wise Investments” I would like to make for the future of my family and church family.

    We can look at it spiritually as well. The church being the mother birthing new babes we have to make “Wise Investments” in our relationships with them for our
    futures sake. We must 1st build a relationship to begin to disciple them with prayer and bible study- until Christ be formed in them.

    Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you

  26. 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?

    Even though things were very bad with Saul, David did not forget the kindnesses shown to him by Jonathan. We need to remember to be faithful in paying back kindnesses.

  27. 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?
    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.

    There was something about David that was so special. He was ever merciful to others and he did his very best to respect Saul and Jonathan even though Saul was trying to kill him at one point. I pray that God would give me the spirit of David that I would be as pure hearted as him.

  28. Thank God the King table is not too big for a servant. We have a great Pastor like this King David. He will sit with the servants and break bread. If you walk away from the invitation of the king you have to eat with the world. It is a honor to break bread with you Pastor. Thank you for putting yourself between my family and harm the other night. You showed me another level in you that I am humbled by. I know what you did at Mimi’s and I will always remember that. A pastor that will stand I front of a bullet for his flock deserves honor. We are truly blessed with a great man of God. Thank you Pastor

  29. 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

    And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40 KJV)

    There are many “least of these” in this city, and just as David had to do some searching for any left of Saul’s house, so will we have to do some searching sometimes to find those “least of these.” Time to search the highways and hedges and take our city back!

  30. V.7and David said unto him, fear not for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy fathers sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table. What an illustration of the characteristic of Christ. Love, mercy, and grace is displayed here (as we should at all times be displaying this in our lives). David held no root of bitterness despite of the way he had been treated by Saul, even death! It was love that he had for Jonathan, the love of a true friend( prov. 17:17) nothing could of broken the bond that David and Jonathan had. No matter the obstacles that came against them, they were “blood” brothers, even after the loss of Jonathan, David kept his promises!

  31. This is a story of restoration and friendship.

    John 15:14-15 Ye are my friends, if Ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

    David honored his friendship with Jonathan by restoring the inheritance of Mephibosheth. Thank God, he died for us to restore our inheritance and he calls us friend!

  32. This chapter illustrates kindness. “And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” David continued to show honor and respect even after he was hurt deeply in so many ways by Saul. Have not we also to do the same, just as David did. All the more so as that of what our Lord and Savior Jesus did. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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