David was restored as King.
Shimei had repented of his actions.
The King forgave him.
2 Sa 19:24-30
Then Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king;
and he had neither cared for his feet,
nor trimmed his mustache,
nor washed his clothes,
from the day the king departed until the day he came home in peace.
It was when he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said to him,
“Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?”
So he answered, “O my lord, the king, my servant deceived me; for your servant said,
‘I will saddle a donkey for myself that I may ride on it and go with the king,’
because your servant is lame.
“Moreover, he has slandered your servant to my lord the king;
but my lord the king is like the angel of God, therefore do what is good in your sight.
“For all my father’s household was nothing but dead men before my lord the king;
yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table.
What right do I have yet that I should complain anymore to the king?”
So the king said to him, “Why do you still speak of your affairs?
I have decided, ‘You and Ziba shall divide the land.’”
Mephibosheth said to the king,
“Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house.”
Another account of explanation and restoration.
Remember the details.
Mephibosheth was lame due to being dropped as a child…on the day that Saul and Jonathan, Mephibosheth’s father, were killed.
This passage says that Mephibosheth was Saul’s son.
He was his grandson.
This is not a mistake.
We consider “son” to consist of only one generation.
Most of the world does not.
A grandson is a son, etc.
Mephibosheth came to meet the king.
Note the physical description given.
He had not cared for his feet, mustache, clothes.
It was a sign of his mourning David.
Mephibosheth’s servant had deceived him.
The servant lied about Mephibosheth.
The servant had slandered…
2 Sa 16:3
Then the king said, “And where is your master's son?”
And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is staying in Jerusalem, for he said,
‘Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.'”
The servant had gone with David and left Mephibosheth his master behind.
David was then deceived and gave the servant, Ziba, all of Mephibosheth’s possessions.
Mephibosheth was truly grieved and mourned what was happening to David.
He expressed this through fasting from body/physical care.
Mephibosheth placed his faith, trust and future in the hand of the king.
- the King is like the angel of God
- do what is right in your eyes
Mephibosheth knew that he was as good as dead before David’s kingship.
David exalted him.
David sustained him.
He would rest in David.
He would not complain regardless of outcome.
Some principles here for us.
David is a type of the Lord Jesus…a foreshadowing of what we have in Him.
David told Mephibosheth to chill and quit talking about it.
Mephibosheth and Ziba would split all the land of Saul.
Mephibosheth declared that he cared not about the stuff, as long as David was alive and well.
He had the correct focus.