Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 16.1-4
2 Samuel 16.1-4
Now when David had passed a little beyond the summit, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them were two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred clusters of raisins, a hundred summer fruits, and a jug of wine. 2 The king said to Ziba, “Why do you have these?” And Ziba said, “The donkeys are for the king’s household to ride, and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine, for whoever is faint in the wilderness to drink.” 3 Then the king said, “And where is your master’s son?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.’” 4 So the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belongs to Mephibosheth is yours.” And Ziba said, “I prostrate myself; let me find favor in your sight, O my lord, the king!”
Today we read an interesting story of David and Ziba. Ziba was Mephibosheth’s servant (2 Samuel 9). Ziba shows up with donkeys and food for David and his supports just as David is leaving Jerusalem and escaping from Absalom. David asks why Ziba is helping and where is his master, Mephibosheth. Ziba informs David all this was his doing and that his master had stayed in Jerusalem. David rewards Ziba for his service by giving him all of his master’s properties (once held by King Saul).
On first glance and quick read, we think what a great guy this Ziba is to go against his master and support King David. It looks like David certainly felt that way as seen by the reward Ziba was given. But if read ahead a few chapters, we see a different story.
For us it would be good to remember there are multiple sides to a story. David was quick to react, which in hind sight, might not have been the best decision. So today, our prayer is that we pray for Godly wisdom and seek wise counsel before making decisions, especially big decisions.
Weekly Memory Verse: For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection. Romans 6:5