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Beyond Lodebar: The character of Ziba


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2nd Sam 9:1; Heb 12:5

Although Ziba was King Saul's servant, he was successful. He had 15 sons and 20 servants. One may think Ziba took advantage of Jonathan’s death and Mephiboseth’s lameness to embezzle funds. However, the reward of Ziba’s service to a man like King Saul was that he would be like Saul. When you serve faithfully, it ensures a transference of spirit from whom you serve to you. Greatness flowed from Elijah to Elisha. The spirit of God flowed from Moses to Jonathan. What you see in the person you follow will be programmed into your life.

Isa 11:1-3 When you serve, the wisdom and understanding of the person you serve will be reflected in you. It is the grace and not the assignment that is transferred to you so although Moses was a prophet, Joshua was a warrior but the spirit of God with Joshua as He was in Moses. Luke 16:12 Service is a wonderful and blessed thing. When you serve someone, it is God positioning you to imbibe the anointing (power, grace) working in the person that you serve.

Ecc 10:7. The servant got grace transferred to him but the prince did not. In Hebrew, the scripture reads as “I have seen servants leaping in life like they are on horses but princes walking wearily in life”. Horses signify help beyond your ability. Eagles signify help that man cannot provide as eagles fly based on wind currents . The servant received so much from their master and are making progress but the sons are walking wearily and do not know what to do. The sons did not receive what they were meant to receive. Sons receive by walking with the father through service.

Prov 17:2 A wise servant is one who is a treasury of the master’s information. He will rule over a disgraceful son; not necessarily a bad son but a son who pales in comparison with the servant. A wise servant has positioned himself for rulership. E.g., Jacob was a servant but learnt from Laban. However, Laban’s sons were unable to receive  information from Laban so they paled in comparison to Jacob. There was wealth transfer to Jacob and Laban’s sons were jealous.

What is the difference between sonship and servanthood? A son is a builder of his father’s estate.  He builds to inherit. A servant also builds for his master but builds for wages.  Therefore, there is a difference in commitment. The servant is there to make money but a son is there to take his father’s estate to another level. A son is meant to share the vision of the fathers. Heb 3:5. Moses was a servant but Jesus served as a son so Jesus was willing to die. God told Moses to build according to pattern i.e., according to the instruction unlike Jesus who had the same mind as God (John 5:10

God wants to transfer His nature to us but often times we just want the benefits, the cars, houses, marriage etc. As parents, we spend our most productive time with colleagues, mentees but downtime with our family We give our children toys, cars i.e, benefits but not transfer the essence. Parents should transfer their essence to their kids so that they can re-produce and increase on the success of the parents. Abraham gave Isaac all he had (his essence) but to the children of the bondservant he gave gifts i.e, riches (benefits)

Heb 12:6 God chastises I.e. God disciples, trains, pours His essence into you so that you can have an expected end. Solomon quoted King Lemuel. Lemuel was a king that David sent Solomon to. Lemuel mentored Solomon. Asides from parents, there is a space for mentors.

Food for thought: Who do you serve? Who is your mentor? What are the qualities you see in them. These are the qualities that will be reflected in your life.


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