Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27; John 15:1-27; Psalm 119:49-64; Proverbs 16:1-3
The Jist: Loyalty
To fulfill a promise to his friend, Jonathan, David sought out his descendants and discovered that Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, was still alive (2Sm 9). He gave him his grandfather Saul’s property and made Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants, overseer to farm the land. Mephibosheth, however, ate at David’s table and lived in Jerusalem.
David showed kindness to a man who could have made claims to his throne. Rather than kill him, the king treated him with great kindness.
David also attempted to show loyalty to Hanun, king of the Ammonites, since his father Nahash had been loyal to David (2Sm 10). But when Hanun, poorly advised by his commanders, treated David’s ambassadors cruelly, and went to war against him, Joab was sent to deal with them.
But David had his moments of disloyalty. His infamous adultery with Bathsheba led him to commit lies, deceit, and murder (2Sm 11). This displeased the Lord.
Jesus wanted loyalty from his followers (Jn 15). “Remain in me, and I will remain in you,” he told them (v. 4). “Remain in my love,” he insisted (v. 9). To help them remain loyal, he promised them pruning and purification (v. 3), fruitfulness (v. 5-8), answered prayers (v. 7), joy (v. 11), intimacy as friends (v. 14-15), a mission (v. 16, 27), and the presence of the Spirit of truth (v. 26). Such loyalty was to be shown in obedience (v. 10), the sign of true love for him.
We have been chosen by Jesus not only to come out of the world (Jn 15:19), but to go and produce lasting fruit (Jn 15:16).
How can I be better connected to Jesus as the true vine?
Heavenly Father, you have remained true to your children, with every promise fulfilled. Let me remain true to you, loyal in life and service. As was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.