Ziba was a servant of Saul's son. When Ziba's master abandoned David, he remained true to the king. How did David reward this faithfulness? He transferred everything that was his master's to him. Ziba didn't have to go after it. Now, this was the principle of the story - faithfulness to the king causes the transfer of the wealth. In 2 Samuel 19:24-30 we see that Ziba may have been coniving this plan. David then split the property between Ziba and his master. David wasn't quite sure so he split it between the two. Mephiboseth's response - give it all to him. This is where Solomon got the idea to split the baby in two, probably.
2 Sam 16:4 (5/28/15)
May 28, 2015 • Benham Brothers
2 Samuel 1:10-15 (5/11/17)
Taking Credit • May 11, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* Saul had killed himself. * This presented an opportunity for this young Amalekite to get in good with the king. * He saw an opportunity. * He took credit for something he didn’t do. * Because of this he lost his life. * The temptation to take credit comes from a man-pleasing spirit. * We want others to accept us and approve of us. * We need to always give God credit for what He does. * Otherwise it will become our place of death.
2 Samuel 3:1 (5/9/19)
Strength Through Strain • May 9, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* When you do God’s work you’ll experience warfare. * Strength comes through strain. * So if you’re straining but not getting stronger you need to see if you’re doing God’s work or your own. * David’s and Saul’s house were in a war against each other. * David’s house grew stronger, but Saul’s grew weaker. * This is because David was doing God’s work. * When you work for the Lord you have energy for the task. * You’ll still need rest, but you won’t get burned out. * It’s like exercise - the more energy you exert the more you get in return.
2 Samuel 5:3 (5/29/14)
Dying to Ambition • May 29, 2014 • Benham Brothers
David modeled a life that was led by God and not by ambition. After being anointed king he went back to tending sheep. Twice he refused to kill Saul because it would break a principle. When Saul was dead he refused to go and "take the kingdom." David was always waiting on God to bring about His plan in His time. Ambition will drive us to TAKE that which God wants us to WAIT for.