Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul. And after their deaths, in an act of kindness, King David had restored their property to the handicapped Mephibosheth. This deal included Ziba, who had once been a servant in Saul’s household. Within verses 1-4, Ziba cleverly manages to protect his own interests and accuse Mephibosheth of treachery and disloyalty against King David…all the while spreading malice gossip and lies. Sadly, King David took Ziba at his word and did not check it out first for authenticity before hastily responding. He reacted rather than acting in a responsible way…and thus was easily swayed by deception and drama.
Queen Jezebel brought her false religion and idols with her and tried to force it on Israel. She was extremely intelligent, cunning, evil…and ruthless in destroying anyone who stood up to her…killing off many of the Lord’s prophets. This Jezebel spirit seeks to infiltrate, and once in, tries to attack, undermine and destroy people, marriages, Churches, and Ministries. This critical spirit worms its way in with charisma and manipulation slowly taking control only then to turn…causing major dissension, strife, in-fighting, and malicious gossip. Those in Leadership positions are especially in their sights to destroy. Even strong Christians can be brought down by this Jezebel spirit…look at Elijah. Even though he had just defeated 400 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel…when Jezebel threatened him…he ran. Elijah was so distraught and depressed he wanted to quit and just walk away from God…until God strengthened him and gave him a Word.