II Samuel 9:1-13

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Text: II Samuel 9



As you will remember, David and Jonathan, the son of King Saul, were very close friends. Jonathan knew that David rather than he would eventually succeed his father as king of Israel. In I Samuel 20:14-17 , David made a promise to Jonathan.

I Samuel 20:14-17 - (14) And thou [i.e. you, David] shalt not only while yet I [i.e. Jonathan] live shew me the kindness of the Lord, that I die not: (15) But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever: no, not when the Lord hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth. (16) So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the Lord even require it at the hand of David's enemies. (17) And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

Well, after years of war, things had finally settled down somewhat, and it was time for David to keep his word.

We see -


II Samuel 9:1-4 - (1) And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him 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 unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. (3) And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. (4) And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.

Machir, the son of Ammiel, will be seen again in II Samuel 17 when he and others will provide supplies for David and those with him who are fleeing from Absalom when Absalom is attempting to steal the kingdom from David.

II Samuel 17:27-29 - 27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim, 28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, 29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

We were previously introduced to Mephibosheth in II Samuel 4:4

II Samuel 4:4 - And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

We don't know how much time had passed in David's reign as king over Israel by the time David inquired about Mephibosheth. However, at the time of Mephibosheth's injury, David was not yet king of Judah over which he reigned for 7 1/2 years before he became king over all Israel. Furthermore, according to verse 12, Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha; so it may be as many as an additional 8-10 years or more after David became king of all Israel before he took this action toward Mephibosheth. Thus, it could have been as many as 15 or 20 years or more after Mephibosheth's injury occurred.

Next, we see that -


II Samuel 9:5-6 - (5) Then king David sent, and fetched him [i.e. brought Mephibosheth] out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. (6) Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!

Then, we see that -


II Samuel 9:7 - And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually [i.e. regularly].

As we continue, we see -


II Samuel 9:8 - And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am [i.e. such a dead dog like me]?

A dead dog suggests someone who was contemptible and useless, someone who was worthless.

Finally, we see -


II Samuel 9:9-13 - (9) Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house [i.e. everything that belonged to Saul and his family]. (10) Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway [i.e. regularly] at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. (11) Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy 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. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. (13) So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually [i.e. regularly] at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.

David's showing kindness to Mephibosheth illustrates God's grace in extending salvation to believers -


1. Like Mephibosheth, we were helpless and unable to come to God on our own.

John 6:44 indicates that we cannot come to God on our own -

John 6:44 - (44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

We were without strength and had no ability to save ourselves, and we were ungodly -

Romans 5:6 - (6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

We were sinners -

Romans 5:8 - (8) But God commendeth [i.e. demonstrated] his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

We were under God's wrath -

Romans 5:9 - (9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

We were God's enemies -

Romans 5:10 - (10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

We were spiritually dead -

Romans 5:12 - (12) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

We were dead in trespasses and sins and lived our lives in accordance with Satan, the prince of the power of the air -

Ephesians 2:1-3 - (1) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; (2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation [i.e. our manner of life] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

2. Like Mephibosheth, we were hopeless.

Ephesians 2:11-12 - (11) Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; (12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.

3. Like Mephibosheth, by grace we became objects of divine favor.

Ephesians 2:4-7 - (4) But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (7) That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

John 3:16 - (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

4. Like Mephibosheth, we have been elevated to a place in the family of God.

John 1:12 - (12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Romans 8:14-16 - (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (15) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (16) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

5. Although Mephibosheth became heir to Saul's estate, we have something far better - we have been made joint-heirs with Christ.

Romans 8:17 - (17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Romans 8:29-30 - (29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

I Peter 1:3-5 - 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.


What a wonderful God we serve, Who took us from our lost, helpless, and hopeless condition and provided for our eternal redemption.

I John 4:19 - (19) We love him, because he first loved us.

II Corinthians 5:9 - (9) Wherefore we labour [i.e. make it our aim in life], that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him [i.e. well pleasing to Him].

II Corinthians 5:15 - (15) And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.