Gospel Baptist Tabernacle
781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741
Where the Love of God
abounds, everyone is
Children’s Church taught
by Paul and Marsha Davis
July 14, 2013
2 Samuel 16 1 And when David
was a little past the top of the
hill, behold, Ziba the servant of
Mephibosheth met him, with a
couple of asses saddled, and
upon them two hundred loaves
of bread, and an hundred
bunches of raisins, and an
hundred of summer fruits, and a
bottle of wine.
Mephibosheth was Saul’s grandson.
David had been very kind to him after
For Jonathan’s sake.
In blessing Mephibosheth, David also blessed
Saul’s old servant Ziba with better employment.
Ziba remembered and was grateful.
2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou
by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's
household to ride on; and the bread and summer
fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that
such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
He repaid David’s previous kindness unto him with
kindnesses of his own unto David –
In his time of trouble.
3 And the king said, And where is
thy master's son? And Ziba said
unto the king, Behold, he abideth
at Jerusalem: for he said, Today
shall the house of Israel restore
me the kingdom of my father.
UngratefulMephibosheth hoped that in the
turmoil of revolution,
He might end up on the throne.
4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all
that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I
humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy
sight, my lord, O king.
(TLB) 4 "In that case," the king told Ziba, "I give
you everything he owns." "Thank you, thank
you, sir," Ziba replied.
At this point David is in
control of nothing.
Both David and Ziba are demonstrating faith in
God to restore David to the throne.
We live by faith – not by sight.
When things look hopeless, have faith in God.
See the contrasts between men in this passage.
Of Ziba, flowing
out of faith in God.
flowing out of
Ziba will be rewarded beyond his wildest dreams
in the coming future of David’s kingdom.
David spared Mephibosheth when he returned to
Jerusalem, but restored only half of his property.
Phib claimed to have been deceived by Ziba.
Lord, give me a heart
Stand with the godly and right,
especially when they are in hard times.
Remember with gratitude the good that people
have done, and stand with them.
Be loyal to your family, your
friends, your church, and your God.
Don’t be ruled by selfish ambition. Philippian 2:3
Think of other folks.
Psalm 100 1 Make a joyful noise unto the
LORD, all ye lands. 2 Serve the LORD with
gladness: come before His Presence with singing. 3
Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that
hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His
people, and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into
His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts
be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name. 5 For
the LORD is good; His Mercy is everlasting; and
His Truth endureth to all generations.
When we understand that it is God Who
hath made us, and not we ourselves –
We will quit going our own
way, doing our own thing.
Proverbs 1 30-31 and you turned your back on
Me, spurning My advice. That is why you must eat
the bitter fruit of having your own way and
experience the full terrors of the pathway you have
Colossians 3 12 Therefore, as God's chosen
people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves
with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness
and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive
whatever grievances you may have against one
another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And
over all these virtues put on love (agape), which
binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the
peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as
members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful.
Hebrews 13 15 By Him (Jesus) therefore let us
offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that
is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His Name.
Count your blessings, and give
God thanks for them all.
Know who you are!
You are a son or daughter of the
Most High God.
Be who you are!