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David Shows God's Kindness 2 Samuel 9

David Shows God’s Kindness
2 Samuel 9

Memory Verse: 2 Samuel 9:3a – “The king asked, "Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?"
I.                   Read 2 Samuel 9
II.                Questions
1.       What was the main question of this chapter? (vs. 1)
2.      Why did David want to show kindness to a survivor of Saul’s family? Because of Jonathan’s faithfulness to him and their friendship
3.      Who did David’s servant say could help him with his questions? (vs. 2) Ziba
4.      What did David ask Ziba? (vs. 3a)
5.      What was Ziba’s reply? (vs. 3b) A crippled son of Jonathan.
6.      Do you remember how this son was crippled? When his nurse was carrying him from the palace to save his life after Saul and Jonathan were killed, she dropped him.
7.      Where was Jonathan’s son? (vs. 4) At Machir’s house in Lo-debar. He was the son of Ammiel, a chief of one of the tribes who served Saul and David. Lo-debar was a town in Manasseh east of the Jordan River.
8.      David sent for Jonathan’s son. What was his name? (vs. 6) Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth means “exterminating the idol.”
9.      How did Mephibosheth approach David? (vs. 6) He approached him humbly as a servant did. He fell on his face and prostrated himself before David and called himself the servant of David. Mephibosheth was not certain of David’s intentions and so he went humbly before him so as not to arouse his suspicion or anger.
10.   What was the first thing David said to Mephibosheth? (vs. 7) Do not fear. I will show kindness to you because of your father, Jonathan. Mephibosheth could breathe easier knowing David did not intend to harm him.
11.    Not only did David intend no hard of Mephibosheth, he said he would restore his grandfather’s, Saul’s, land to him. David honored Saul even after his death.
12.   Added to this, David invited Mephibosheth to eat at his table any time. (vs. 7) He was not to be a stranger, but a part of his family. Mephibosheth had family again.
13.   David made sure what he declared happened and told Ziba, Saul’s servant, all he declared to Mephibosheth. What did this do for Ziba and his family?
14.   What did this do for Ziba? David honored Ziba’s family and raised them in public stature by making them the stewards and caretakers of Mephibosheth’s lands (vs. 9-10). He gave them purpose, too, with jobs. They no longer had to hide or hang their heads in shame.
15.   What was Ziba’s response when David told him his plans? (vs. 11) I am sure he was happy and excited. Ziba declared himself David’s servant and said he would do everything he commanded him to do. David won Ziba’s loyalty by caring for Saul’s descendants and looking upon Ziba and his family with favor.
16.   Ziba and his family were now servants of Mephibosheth and his son, Mica, whose name means “who is like God.” Mephibosheth gave glory to God when his son was born by naming him this. He could have been angry at God for letting his family (Saul and Jonathan along with the others) be killed, but he wasn’t. He honored God with his son, Mica.
17.   Did Mephibosheth honor David? (vs. 13) By eating at David’s table regularly, he honored him with his presence and trust.
III.             Teaching Points –
A.     Honor
1. Honor means to regard with great respect and to fulfill and obligation or keep an agreement.  Did David do this?
2.      First let’s look at what David meant when he said he wanted to show the “kindness of God” to the house of Saul.
a.      “Kindness” comes from the Hebrew word Checed. It means goodness, kindness, and faithfulness.
b.      Why did David want to show the kindness of God?
1)      David wanted to be faithful to his vow to Jonathan. Jonathan and he made a vow to each other in 1 Samuel 20:13-17. Specifically David and Jonathan vowed to “show the lovingkindness of the Lord” to each other’s houses/families.
2)     This lovingkindness comes from Hebrew word checed and means goodness, kindness, and faithfulness. It is the same Hebrew word David used in 2 Samuel 9:3.
3)     So, the kindness of God from 2 Samuel 9:3 is the same as the word from David and Jonathan’s vow to show lovingkindness (checed).
4)     David wanted to honor his vow to Jonathan.
3.      David did not have to search for any survivors in Saul and Jonathan’s family.
a.      He chose to honor God by looking for survivors of the man God anointed as king of His people.
b.      In doing this David honored God and Saul.
c.       He honored Jonathan by keeping his pledge to him of caring for his descendants.
4.      David honored Mephibosheth by
a.      recognizing he came from the line of the God-anointed king, Saul.
b.      He treated him better than a servant.
c.       He also honored him by making him a part of the family – he ate at his own table.
d.      He honored Mephibosheth by giving him all the lands of his grandfather.
e.      David did not have to do this. He was the rightful king at that time. He knew God had taken His hand off Saul and his kingship. He knew Mephibosheth did not have a right to land that was previously Saul’s because God dis-inherited him. Yet, David wanted to show the “kindness of God,” that is goodness, kindness, and faithfulness.
5.      David honored Ziba and his family.
a.      He gave them dignity by restoring them to their place in society – servants of the king’s family (Mephibosheth). They were no longer dogs who served an unfaithful God-anointed king.
b.      He gave them a purpose – to serve the previous king’s grandson
c.       He showed faith and trust in them by making them stewards of Saul’s/Mephibosheth’s land.
d.      He gave them jobs/income – by having them work and thereby have income to support their families.
6.      David showed goodness, kindness, and faithfulness to each of these –Saul, Jonathan, Mephibosheth, and Ziba as well as their families. He did it because of his vow to Jonathan. He did it because of who his God was – Yahweh.
7.      David honored Yahweh God by exhibiting God’s characteristics. He showed His goodness, kindness, and faithfulness. He did what God would want him to do.
8.      David honored Saul and Jonathan by doing what God would want him to do for them and their descendants and by fulfilling his vow to Jonathan.
9.      David honored Mephibosheth by respecting him and his father and grandfather, the first kingly line anointed by God and the one to whom he made a personal vow. He honored him by including him as a part of his family. He also honored Mephibosheth by showing him respect when he did not deserve it according to cultural standards. Families of deposed monarchs were normally hunted down and killed so they could not attempt to re-gain the throne.
10.   David honored Ziba by showing respect to him when he did not deserve it according to cultural standards. The culture believed that the servants of deposed kings were low and should be looked down upon. David gave Ziba and his family dignity, purpose, trust, and jobs.
B.     Application –
1.       To whom do you need to show honor, kindness, respect, goodness, and faithfulness? [Parents, friends, siblings, grandparents, who else?]
2.      To whom does God want you to show His lovingkindness? [beggars, street people, cleaning person at the shops, cashiers, who else?]


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David Shows God’s Kindness
2 Samuel 9
Memory Verse: 2 Samuel 9:3a – “The king asked, "Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?"
Application of Sunday School Lesson –
1.      To whom do you need to show honor, kindness, respect, goodness, and faithfulness? [Parents, friends, siblings, grandparents, who else?]
2.      To whom does God want you to show His lovingkindness? [beggars, street people, cleaningperson at the shops, cashiers, who else?]
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ZIBA 
MICA 
MEPHIBOSHETH 
DAVID 
JONATHAN 
SAUL 
PHILISTINES 
JERUSALEM 
JOAB 
MANASSEH 
GILEAD 
JORDAN 
RIVER 
HONOR 
RESPECT 
KINDNESS 
GOODNESS 
FAITHFULNESS 
GOD 
LOVINGKINDNESS