Scripture Read: Psalm 18; 2 Samuel 9
Title: David Shows Kindness
(H) Highlight verse: "And David said to 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 forever." 2 Samuel 9:7
(E) Explain: David inquires about any living relatives of Saul in the land. He is told that there is a man, who was lame, named Mephibosheth who was a son of Jonathan. He sought out the son and met him. Upon meeting him the king showed Mephibosheth great kindness. He gives him back the land of his grandfather, Saul and tells Ziba, the former kings servant, and place Mephibosheth master over the whole household. David also told him that he would eat at the kings table always. Mephibosheth responds in humility and wonder as he says, "What is your servan, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?" So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem and ate at the kings table.
(A) Application: In this passage we see King David showing kindness to a socially unworthy outcast. Mephibosheth was crippled and he would have been considered a burden of society. He couldn't work, he continually needed help from others, and he couldn't really contribute to society. But as King David finds out about him he shows Mephibosheth kindness for the sake of his father Jonathan.
When I read this passage I am reminded of what Jesus has done for his people. Because of Jesus, the King, He shows kindness to us for the sake of his Father. We are so undeserving of His kindness, but because of the Father love, we are lavished with kindness and mercy. That is what makes Jesus so marvelous. We deserve nothing, but we have received everything because the Father is so generous.
(R) Respond: LORD, thank you for taking a "dead dog" like me and showing me mercy, grace, and kindness. I am so unworthy, but because of your great love for us, you have given it, in spite of who I am. Thank you!
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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