How Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, Became Lame
Today, the sermon was on Mephibosheth, illustrating kindess. Great story.
So, I leaned over to my husband and said, “Do you know how he went lame? He was running away on the day Saul and his two sons were killed, to escape! He tripped and fell!”
”Wow. I didn’t know that.”
“Me neither. I thought he was lame from birth or something. I read it last week.”
That’s why you should read your Bible. Impress your man with random Bible factiods. I’m sure he thinks it’s sexy. Oh come on now…if she thinks “his tractor’s sexy”, surely I have a shot.
2 Samuel 4:4 (Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth.)
More info on that inheritance is interesting to me here, too: Mephibosheth’s inheritance of land was either seized by David, or had continued to be worked by Ziba, a steward, who’d possibly worked the land for a profit.
David gave the land back to Mephibosheth, and commanded Ziba and his household to work the land for Mephibosheth, and give him all the profit. Ziba agreed.
But, fast forward some time, after Mephi has been dining as a son in David’s house. David’s son, Absilom, tried to overturn the throne, Ziba is by David’s side as they flee. Mephibosheth is not. David asks Ziba where Mephi is…Ziba claims Mephibosheth had not come with him to war (hello, lame) because he was staying close to the throne, just in case Saul’s line came in possession of the crown again.
With that, on the spot, David gives the servant Ziba BACK all the land and proceeds (assuming he had it the first time…it stands to reason in the context of this story). After David wins, he questions Mephibosheth himself, “Why did you not come with me?”
Mephibosheth hee-haws around and honors David greatly for his love and kindness (a good idea). I’m not sure that a lame man should go to war, but anyway. So, David can’t figure out from the conflicting accounts who is right, Ziba or Mephibosheth, and there is no way to prove it, so he divides the land and proceeds down the middle between the two.
One other interesting factoid: I always thought since Mephibosheth was taken in “as a son”, he must have still been a boy or very young man. Nope. He was already a father himself, with a ”young son” named Mica. (1 Sam 9:12). You may have caught that in today’s reading, too.
I dig this stuff. Seeing how God’s justice and mercy plays out over the course of people’s lifestime is fascinating.
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