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Monday November 13, 2017 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Annually on November 13

Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian

“So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king

kissed Barzillai and gave him his blessing, and Barzillai returned to his home.” (2

Samuel 19:39)

One of the few people who helped David when he fled from the palace fearing his son

Absalom was Barzillai, the Gileadite.

Barzillai the Gileadite also came down from Rogelim to cross the Jordan with the king and

to send him on his way from there. Now Barzillai was a very old man, eighty years of

age. He had provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy

man. The king said to Barzillai, "Cross over with me and stay with me in Jerusalem, and I

will provide for you." But Barzillai answered the king, "How many more years will I live,

that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king? I am now eighty years old. Can I tell the

difference between what is good and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats

and drinks? Can I still hear the voices of men and women singers? Why should your

servant be an added burden to my lord the king? Your servant will cross over the Jordan

with the king for a short distance, but why should the king reward me in this way? Let

your servant return, that I may die in my own town near the tomb of my father and

mother. But here is your servant Kimham. Let him cross over with my lord the king. Do

for him whatever pleases you." The king said, "Kimham shall cross over with me, and I

will do for him whatever pleases you. And anything you desire from me I will do for you."

So all the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed

Barzillai and gave him his blessing, and Barzillai returned to his home. (2 Samuel 19:31-

39)

Later on, before David died, he remembered the kindness that Barzillai had shown and

told Solomon to show kindness to the sons of Barzillai when he became king.

David never forgot those who had helped him when he was in distress. Jonathan, Saul’s

son had helped him while he was on the run from Saul and we read of David returning

the kindness.

David asked, "Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness

for Jonathan's sake?" Now there was a servant of Saul's household named Ziba. They

called him to appear before David, and the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?" "Your

servant," he replied. The king asked, "Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to

whom I can show God's kindness?" Ziba answered the king, "There is still a son of

Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet." "Where is he?" the king asked. Ziba answered, "He

is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar." So King David had him brought from

Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan,

the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said,

"Mephibosheth!" "Your servant," he replied. "Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I

will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you

all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."

(2 Samuel 9:1-7)

It’s always great if we can remember the kindness that people have shown us in our times

of distress and do a kind act in return. Nothing to lose, everything to gain.