2 Sam 19-21 The word loyalty means having an attitude of devoted attachment and affection. In these chapters, for today’s reading, we find examples of those loyal to the bitter end and those who were both disloyal and treacherous. It reminds us of Judas, who was the prime example.
Joab was loyal to David and caused David to see how his outward mourning over Absalom was tearing the nation apart. Sometimes we need a Joab to wake us up to what is happening, and Joab was that friend. Disloyal Shimei cursed David yet received gracious forgiveness from David. Finally, Mephibosheth comes to David to seek forgiveness for not accompanying him, and then the truth is revealed; his master deceived him and lied about him to David. Now David knows the real story behind his absence. Amidst all this, we meet the ever-present loyal Barzillai, who proved it by providing for David’s men’s needs.
We all have those who say they are loyal but prove they are not by their actions and even words. We call them hypocrites. However, we also have those who say they are loyal, like Barzillai, and prove it through humility.
Jesus had both those who were loyal and those whose treachery would bring about his death. God knew both, and He knows both in our lives. Pray and ask God to provide you with discernment to know both.