The matter is here settled concerning Mephibosheth. 1. This grant of his father’s estate is confirmed to him, and Ziba called to be a witness to it (2 Sam. 9:9); and, it should seem, Saul had a very good estate, for his father was a mighty man of substance (1 Sam. 9:1), and he had fields and vineyards to bestow, 1 Sam. 22:7. Be it ever so much, Mephibosheth is now master of it all. 2. The management of the estate is committed to Ziba, who knew what it was and how to make the most of it, in whom, having been his father’s servant, he might confide, and who, having a numerous family of sons and servants, had hands sufficient to be employed about it, 2 Sam. 9:10. Thus Mephibosheth is made very easy, having a good estate without care, and is in a fair way of being very rich, having much coming in and little occasion to spend, himself being kept at David’s table. Yet he must have food to eat besides his own bread, provisions for his son and servants; and Ziba’s sons and servants would come in for their share of his revenue, for which reason perhaps their number is here mentioned, fifteen sons and twenty servants, who would require nearly all there was; for as goods are increased those are increased that eat them, and what good has the owner thereof save the beholding of them with his eyes? Eccl. 5:11. All that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 9:12), that is, they all lived upon him, and made a prey of his estate, under pretence of waiting on him and doing him service. The Jews have a saying, “He that multiplies servants multiplies thieves.” Ziba is now pleased, for he loves wealth, and will have abundance. “As the king has commanded, so will thy servant do, 2 Sam. 9:11. Let me alone with the estate: and as for Mephibosheth” (they seem to be Ziba’s words), “if the king please, he need not trouble the court, he shall eat at my table, and be as well treated as one of the king’s sons.” But David will have him at his own table, and Mephibosheth is as well pleased with his post as Ziba with his. How unfaithful Ziba was to him we shall find afterwards, 2 Sam. 16:3. Now because David was a type of Christ, his Lord and son, his root and offspring, let his kindness to Mephibosheth serve to illustrate the kindness and love of God our Saviour towards fallen man, which yet he was under no obligation to, as David was to Jonathan. Man was convicted of rebellion against God, and, like Saul’s house, under a sentence of rejection from him, was not only brought low and impoverished, but lame and impotent, made so by the fall. The Son of God enquires after this degenerate race, that enquired not after him, comes to seek and save them. To those of them that humble themselves before him, and commit themselves to him, he restores the forfeited inheritance, he entitles them to a better paradise than that which Adam lost, and takes them into communion with himself, sets them with his children at his table, and feasts them with the dainties of heaven. Lord, what is man, that thou shouldst thus magnify him!
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