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12:54 PM   [18 Jun 2010 | Friday]

GOOD DEEDS ARE OBVIOUS- 4

 GOOD DEEDS ARE OBVIOUS, AND EVEN THOSE THAT ARE NOT CANNOT BE HIDDEN-4-DAVID


David asked, "Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?" Now there was a servant of Saul's household named Ziba. They called him to appear before David, and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" "Your servant," he replied. The king asked, "Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?" Ziba answered the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet." "Where is he?" the king asked. Ziba answered, "He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar." So King David had him brought. When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, "Mephibosheth!" "Your servant," he replied. "Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table." Mephibosheth bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?" Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master's grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table." Then Ziba said to the king, "Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do." So Mephibosheth ate at David's table like one of the king's sons. (2 Samuel 9:1-11)

David & Jonathan, the son of Saul (first king of Israel) were close friends. Later Saul tried to kill David, who was then his son-in-law, being jealous of his rising popularity. God protected David and finally Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle. David did not forget his friend even though they were in rival camps and here he decided to honor his friendship with Jonathan by doing good to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth. He did not forget the oath that he had taken with Jonathan to be kind to Jonathan's family when God would have cut off every one of David's enemies. No one would have complained even if David chose to kill Mephibosheth to avenge his persecution at the hands of Saul, yet David here chose to be kind to his friend's son and gave him a place of honor.

MORAL: AN ACT OF KINDNESS SPEAKS VOLUMES OF A MAN/WOMAN'S HEART.

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