Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Cripple turns Crafty



When your world turns upside down.
When all the rules change.
When the one on top is now on bottom and the one outside is now in.
That's when true character shows, true friendsip shines, loyalty and honor are displayed.

David is still king of Israel.

But he is on the run for his life.

It's kind of like - Hitler's in the bunker. Who's running the country now?

King David had shown kindness to the man Mephibosheth because of his love and friendship with Jonathan, king Saul's son. He had put Ziba in charge of a large estate that David had given to Mephibosheth. He had invited Mephibosheth to eat at his table as a sign of ultimate kindness.

Now David is fleeing from his own son Absalom and Ziba meets him with provisions.

2 Samuel 16:1 "When David had gone a little beyond the summit of the Mount of Olives, Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth,[a] was waiting there for him. He had two donkeys loaded with 200 loaves of bread, 100 clusters of raisins, 100 bunches of summer fruit, and a wineskin full of wine.

2 “What are these for?” the king asked Ziba.

Ziba replied, “The donkeys are for the king’s people to ride on, and the bread and summer fruit are for the young men to eat. The wine is for those who become exhausted in the wilderness.”

Wow! Sounds like Mephibosheth is grateful, and is returning the favor to king David in his time of need!

3 “And where is Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson?” the king asked him.

“He stayed in Jerusalem,” Ziba replied. “He said, ‘Today I will get back the kingdom of my grandfather Saul.’”

Oh!

Oh!

The guy has gone crafty! He sat at David's table. He knew the disarray that David's family was in. This seemed like a good time to move in and take over the kingdom!

So who sent the provisions? Must have been Ziba!

4 “In that case,” the king told Ziba, “I give you everything Mephibosheth owns.”

“I bow before you,” Ziba replied. “May I always be pleasing to you, my lord the king.”

You never know who you can trust!

There is a crazy saying, that I don't like. It says, "No good deed will go unpunished."

Must have come from this story!!!

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