|2 Samuel 9 |
1 David inquired, "Are there any people still left of the house of Saul, that I may show them 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 to David, the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" And he said, "Your servant is he."
3 And the king said, "Is there still alive any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?" And Ziba said to the king, "Jonathan still has a son alive, who is lame in his feet."
4 And the king said to him, "Where is he?" And Ziba said to the king, "Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar."
5 Then king David sent for him to be brought out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and did reverence. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he answered, "Behold your servant!"
7 And David said to him, "Do not fear because I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan, your father's sake, and I will restore you all the land of Saul your father; and you shall eat bread at my table continually."
8 And he bowed himself, and said, "What is your servant,1 that you should look upon such a dead dog as your servant?"
9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have given to your master's son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house.
10 You therefore, and your sons, and your servants, shall till the land for him, and you shall bring in the fruits, that your master's son may have food to eat; but Mephibosheth, your master's son, shall always eat bread at my table." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then said Ziba to the king, "According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so shall your 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. So all who dwelled in the house of Ziba became servants to Mephibosheth.
13 Mephibosheth dwelled in Jerusalem so that he could continue to eat at the king's table; and he was lame in both of his feet.
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1 Notice throughout these chapters, how a man refers to himself, instead of "I" or "me" it is "your servant." Today, we are so far removed from the concept of being anyone's servant, that we are missing an important part of how we should think of ourselves in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are so fortunate as to be ordered by him to do anything for him, let us not forget how insignificant we are in such a relationship; let us think only of ourselves as a servant to Him, not think of ourselves as individuals. Jesus said:
So likewise, when you have done all those things that are commanded of you, should say, "We are unworthy servants; and have done only what was our duty to do." Luke 17:7-11.
Now Jesus told us that after we have been taught everything, that is when we know all things, then he will consider us friends: From now on, I do not call you servants, for the servant does not know not what his lord is doing; but I have called you friends because I have made known to you all things that I have heard from my Father. John 15:15. To know all things is the promise of the Holy Spirit; obviously that occurs at the end of the spiritual journey. We are so selfish in our own opinion of ourselves, it would perhaps be helpful along the journey to practice considering ourselves, and practice referring to ourselves as "your servant," or "his servant," instead of "me" or "I." Until we know all things, it is presumptuous to think of ourselves as anything but an unworthy servant. But it is wonderful to aspire to be only a servant of the Lord, to be only an ordered extension of the Lord's will, to be able to do his will, as in thy will be done. For the Lord is perfect, he is wise, he is kind, he is gentle; and anything he would order us to do would be perfect in all aspects, including for our great benefit.
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