To all who know him in Lodebar, Merib is Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Machir and Deborah. For many years, only Merib and his adopted family know his true identity. When King David calls all of Israel to come to his new capitol city, Jerusalem, for the first Passover feast to be held there, Machir and Deborah caution their adopted son to be discreet when speaking with anyone. While admiring the king’s horses in the arena, Merib is approached by a young man named Absalom. Absalom and Merib become fast friends and Absalom promises Merib that he will come see him the next time he visits his grandfather, Talmai, king of Geshur. Merib dares not believe that such a perfect young man will remember him, but Absalom does remember him and their friendship grows. Absalom, who loves horses, is fascinated by the aging black stallion that Merib owns and begs his friend to allow him to take the horse to Jerusalem and put him with his father’s mares. In return for the service of his horse, Absalom promises to give Merib a colt. Machir and Deborah are hesitant but agree that the choice is Merib’s. Thus begins the dangerous journey into a past Merib has tried to forget.
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