True Loyalty or Personal Ingratiation?

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2 Samuel 16:1-4 “True Loyalty or Personal Ingratiation?”
After getting beyond the summit, David is met by Ziba, Mephibosheth’s servant, with donkeys and supplies. Ziba then explains he has brought them to support the king and his household. “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.’” (3) Then the king promised to give all that belonged to Mephibosheth to his servant Ziba. Quite possibly what Ziba told the king was not accurate but played upon the emotions of David who had been gracious to Mephibosheth. The reason I suspect this is that it is unlikely Mephibosheth would think he would be exalted in light of the rising popularity of Absalom. Yet Ziba, knowing the favor of the Lord on David sought to ingratiate himself to David in this way. In the middle of crisis, we must learn the distinction of those who are genuinely loyal and supportive and those who make pretense of this for their own personal benefit. We will see how David deals with this situation a little later.