2 Samuel 9-10: Bread Always At My Table
Verse of the Day: (9:10) 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 always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
1. Bread (9:1-13)
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. (9:7)
If there was ever the kindest man on earth, he must be King David. Not only did he spared the life of Mephibosheth, the lame son of Jonathan, and the grandson of King Saul who many times tried to kill him, but David invited him, his servants and their families to his palace, and even restored to him all the land that belonged to Saul, and best of all, he invited him to eat at his table as one of his princes. Indeed, David was a type of Christ, God’s Son, who came down from heaven to die for the sins of the world. Whoever believes in Him shall never perish in hell, but have eternal life with Him in heaven, and shall never go hungry physically and spiritually as He is the Bread of Life. (John 6:48-51)
2. Beard (10:1-5)
Wherefore Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. (10:4)
Not only King David demonstrated his kindness to the grandson of the late King Saul, he also showed kindness to the people of Ammon, the enemies of Israel. However, the princes of Ammon were suspicious of David’s kindness and they shaved off one half of the beard of David’s ambassadors that not only humiliate them but David’s leadership. Indeed, many times when we do good, evil come upon us, yet we must continue to do good to all including our enemies as God shall richly bless and keep us. (Galatians 6:7-10)
3. Battle (10:6-19)
When Joab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array against the Syrians: (10:9)
As David prepared for battle against the Ammonites because of the humiliation, they hired the Syrians for reinforcement to fight against Israel. When the battle turned against Israel, Joab, David’s captain, chose his best soldiers, and divided them into 2 formations, one led by him and the other by Abishai, his brother. They eventually defeated their enemies because of great teamwork, and above all, God was with them. (Psalms 108:13)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I shall never be hungry as You are my Bread of Life.