2 Samuel 16:1-4
Verse 2 The king asked Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride on, the bread and fruit are for the men to eat, and the wine is to refresh those who become exhausted in the wilderness.”
Leaving Jerusalem behind him David and those with him continued to the east passing the summit of the Mount of Olives. As they put more distance between them and the city, which David had claimed as God’s city, Ziba came to the king.
If you remember Ziba was the servant of King Saul who David had put in charge of Mephibosheth’s property. Though we haven’t heard about Mephibosheth recently we know he had frequented the king’s table for meals and still had Ziba and his sons as servants. David may not have thought of taking Saul’s grandson with him because he didn’t think Absalom would hurt any other than him and his close family.
David asks Ziba what he had with him and the former king’s servant says he had supplies for David and his household. David was sure his wives and young children would appreciate donkeys to ride on and the food would have been a welcome gift for the travelers but the king has a question, where was Mephibosheth?
David had been true to his covenant with Jonathan. The king had sought out any descendants of his dear friend. It was because of that loyalty the news Ziba relayed to the king may have come as a bit of a gut punch. After all the king had done for Mephibosheth to make him feel as though he were family, the man decided to stay back and see about getting the throne for himself or one of his sons. How could he do that to him? David now felt betrayed by his son and one who had been welcomed into his home as a son.
With this news sinking in David tells Ziba he had earned all which belonged to Mephibosheth. Ziba showed his appreciation by bowing before the king and requesting the favor of the king both then and in the future. David then continued on in his journey putting distance between he and his son.
Making It Personal
Have you ever felt like you went out of your way for someone only to have them do something hurtful to you? How did you treat them after being hurt? Have you ever hurt someone who had gone out of their way for you?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever felt like someone took advantage of your being nice to them? Why do you think they did? Have you ever hurt someone who had been extra nice to you?
Father, it is easy to do things nice for people hoping to receive nice treatment in response. Help us to remember we should do loving things because of Your love for us, not to get something from others. In Jesus’ name, amen.