2 Samuel 9

2 Samuel 9 has David asking a different question.  In 1 Samuel 7:1-17 David asked, “What can I do for God?” and he proposed to build a temple for the Lord. Now David asks another question we should each ask: “What can I do for others?”  He asks the question because of his love for Jonathan, not some much of his love for Saul.  The truth is that it was customary in those days for the king of a new dynasty to completely massacre anyone connected with the prior dynasty.

David goes against the principle of revenge and against the principle of self-preservation and asks what he can do for the family of his enemy.  He finds a “servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba”.  David calls him in and asks if there is anyone left from Saul’s family.  And Ziba knows of one son – “a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet….Mephibosheth”.  David brings him in and this son of Jonathan is not sure why, but fell on his face and worshipped the king.

David assures him.  “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always”.  That’s not exactly what he expected.  He was fearful for his life.  This goes far beyond giving Mephibosheth what was rightly his. He gave Mephibosheth the honor of a close relationship with the king. And Mephibosheth asks “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I”?

Mephibosheth didn’t feel worthy of such generosity.  He considered himself and worthless and insignificant person in his own eyes.  But David changed all that.  He made him just like a son of the king.  David instructs Ziba and his sons and servants to care for Mephibosheth’s interests and he fed him at his table and was no longer hiding or living in poverty estranged from the king.  David’s grace to Mephibosheth is a wonderful picture of God’s grace to us, and a pattern for how we should serve and minister to others.  David was not able to take away the lameness Mephibosheth had, but he was able to shower him with grace and make his life much easier.

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