Today, we’ll continue to discuss the story of Mephibosheth outlined in II Samuel 16 and 19. But before we do this, I wanted to give you a little background of what was happening with David and the explanation of his reaction.
In Chapter 15, Absalom’s conspiracy against his father, David, grows stronger. To save his household, King David decides to leave Jerusalem and dwell in the wilderness. David is familiar in surviving in these conditions. Remember when he was running away from Saul and his army? He found himself, once again, running from someone. In both of these instances, he wasn’t running from something to be destroyed. God was removing him from the physical presence of people to make him stronger. In the first instance, it was to prepare him to be the next King of Israel. The second instance was to show him who were those with him and who were those with Absalom and to eventually recover his kingdom.
II Samuel 15:25-26 (AMP)
25Then the king told Zadok, Take back the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, He will bring me back and let me see both it and His house.26But if He says, I have no delight in you, then here I am; let Him do to me what seems good to Him.
David was willing to accept what God was bringing him through in this season in life. He was about to weed out his true followers and those who were conspiring against him. He gathers a few true men who he could trust and sends them back to Jerusalem to inquire all that was happening with Absalom. Jesus makes a similar reference in the following scripture.
Matthew 13:24-30 (AMP)
24Another parable He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while he was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed also darnel (weeds resembling wheat) among the wheat, and went on his way. 26So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the darnel (weeds) appeared also. 27And the servants of the owner came to him and said, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have darnel shoots in it? 28He replied to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Then do you want us to go and weed them out? 29But he said, No, lest in gathering the wild wheat (weeds resembling wheat), you root up the [true] wheat along with it. 30Let them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers, Gather the darnel first and bind it in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my granary.
As we look at our own relationships and ask the Lord to show us the wheats and weeds in our life, we have to be prepared on how to handle the weeds. Why are they here? Is there a lesson I’m to learn? Did the Lord allow the weed to be in my life to grow spiritually or did I allow the weed to enter through the choices I made? Weeds can be good in your life to keep you on your toes. But we have to recognize their purpose in our life and accept it as is.
The closer we get to the Lord, the more weeds we’ll encounter in life. Whether they’re present to grow our faith, or destroy us; they exist. Discernment from the Holy Spirit is the only way to get us through victoriously. If we don’t rely on the guidance of the Spirit, we’ll go through much trial and error.
II Samuel 16
By now, you may be asking how does Mephibosheth fit into all this? He doesn’t follow David to the wilderness but stays in David’s house in Jerusalem . By now, those who have stayed behind were either followers of Absalom or were asked to stay behind by David to report what was going on. What was Mephibosheth doing?
Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, arrives with donkeys, food, and wine to give to David. David wonders what’s the purpose for all this and Ziba proceeds to explain.
II Samuel 16:3 (AMP)
The king said, And where is your master’s son [grandson Mephibosheth]? Ziba said to the king, Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father [grandfather Saul].
David’s response was to give everything he restored back to Mephibosheth and transfer it to Ziba. His first reaction must have been that Mephibosheth was conspiring with Absalom and wanting to cause harm to David. He had the power to give and take away and so he did just that.
We see in chapter 19, the truth being revealed about the food and drink that was sent to David in the wilderness. Mephibosheth had good intentions but Ziba took advantage and tried to conspire against him. Why didn’t he try and stop Ziba, get on another donkey and follow him, or ask for assistance in the situation? Mephibosheth didn’t know what it was to fight. Didn’t know how to try and keep what was his. He just lived day by day and accepted whatever came his way.
When God blesses us, there will be those who will try to receive what we have. There are those that will hate us, those who will be our friend to our face but an enemy when we turn our backs. Know the company who surrounds you and be selective who you allow to enter in your life.
David was preoccupied with his own family issues and the kingdom almost taken away by his son, Absalom. He may have made a decision in haste. But Mephibosheth had to stand firm and claim what was his. He allowed someone else to receive his blessing.
In II Samuel 9:8, he calls himself a dog and in chapter 19, he explains to David how Ziba took advantage of him. Can we identify ourselves how we react the same way? We blame others for our misfortune, we give many excuses for our situation, and live our whole life living a “poor me” syndrome.
Mephibosheth lost half of his fortune because he allowed his low self-esteem and his disability get the best of him in life. No matter what ailments, disability, or misfortune we have, we can always try our best to achieve. We have to put our best foot forward. When God sees that we’re trying, he’ll step up to the plate and give that extra push we need to succeed.
II Samuel 19:29-30 (AMP)
29The king said to him, Why speak any more of your affairs? I say, You and Ziba divide the land. 30Mephibosheth said to the king, Oh, let him take it all, since my lord the king has returned home in safety and peace.
The Lord will give you the provision but what do we do next with it? Do we look at it and expect Him to work it for us. Or do we walk in the blessing? Is the provision staring at our face and we don’t realize it? We’re wondering why certain things are not happening, but is it waiting for us to react and take charge?
Mephibosheth gave his blessing away not once but twice! He didn’t know how to receive and keep it. Now, I’m not talking about blessing others. These are two different things. When the Lord blesses us, we have the opportunity to give to others. The more we give, the more the Lord entrusts us to give more. I’m talking about not allowing someone else steal what the Lord intended for us to have.
Let’s ask the Lord to help us to receive and keep what He is blessing us with and not give it away to someone else.
Matthew 13:12 (AMP)
For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given and he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.