Does David’s Old Testament Kindness to Mephibosheth have Meaning for You?
This is one of my favorite Old Testament stories. It is recorded in 2 Samuel 9.
It begins with David asking, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
He finds out that there is a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet. David sent for him. When Mephibosheth arrived he fell on his face and prostrated himself.
Often times when a new king replaced an old king he had all the previous king’s family members killed so there wouldn’t be any competition for the throne.
What do you suppose might have been going through Mephibosheth’s mind? Being crippled, he probably didn’t think he would be of any use to David, and certainly would know that being put to death was a possibility.
2 Samuel 9:7-13 continues with this amazing tale,
“So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”
Then he bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?”
And the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest, that your master’s son may have food to eat.
But Mephibosheth your master’s son shall eat bread at my table always.”
Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so will your servant do.”
“As for Mephibosheth,” said the king, “he shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.” Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Micha. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants of Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet.”
The reason I love this story so much is that this is the story of each one of us who has put our faith in the Lord. We are children of the enemy, we deserve death, yet God has chosen us to “eat at His table” – not just for a little while, but for eternity.
Let’s remember to rejoice at our position in Christ – at the Lord’s Table.
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