2 Samuel 9:9-13..9 Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson may have food; nevertheless Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall eat at my table regularly.”
David said I have given to Saul’s grandson all that belonged to Saul and placed Ziba as steward of Mephibosheth’s sizable estate. Mephibosheth’s son, Mica, would eat the food produced by the estate and be the principal beneficiary of the income of the land. Mephibosheth would eat at the king’s table at David’s expense and probably David would provide for all of Mephibosheth’s needs. Mica would inherit the land and its income, but not Mephibosheth’s place at David’s table. Ziba was once a high official or steward in Saul’s court and had fifteen sons and twenty servants and the skills required to manage the large estate.
David completely fulfilled his obligations to Jonathan. He reassured Mephibosheth that he was safe, provided for his needs, gave him dignity within his own court, and saw to it that Mephibosheth’s son was financially secure. David reflected the character of God, who receives us in grace and provides far more for us than we could ask for or deserve.
What has God given me to steward? What does He expect me to do with it?
Henry Luke 7/14/2018