Here is the whole story from 2nd Samuel 9 – Read it and take it in.
1 Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.” 4 So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” 7 David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the and of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly.” 8 Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?”
9 Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson may have food; nevertheless Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall eat at my table regularly.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons. 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet.
Now that you read it – ponder on these thoughts (some are mine and some are from a variety of other sources).
David’s grace to Mephibosheth is a wonderful picture of God’s grace to us.
1. The name “Mephibosheth” means shameful and he live as a shameful man – we too before God’s grace comes upon us are shameful men and women.
2. Mephibosheth was considered the king’s enemy – we too are enemies of God before His grace comes upon us.
3. Mephibosheth became lame through a fall (v. 3) – we too are lame and crippled because of the fall of Man.
4. And Mephibosheth was in a far country (v. 4) – before God’s grace comes to us we are living far from God in a foreign land.
5. Mephibosheth was called by the king (vv. 4-5) – When God’s grace comes upon us we are called by the King of Kings who is God.
6. David sought Mephibosheth — Mephibosheth did not seek David. God seeks us and we do not seek Him.
7. Mephibosheth came before the king in reverent submission (v. 6) – this too is how we need to come before God when he offers us Grace.
8. Mephibosheth was received in all his deformity – God does the same for us, he receives us just as we are.
9. Mephibosheth was received for the sake of his father (v. 7) – we receive the grace of God because of our heavenly Father.
10. When Mephibosheth came to David, he learned to have a proper estimate of himself (v. 8 ) – when God’s grace comes upon us we see a proper picture of who we are.
11. Mephibosheth was reconciled to the king by an act of the king’s own mercy (vv. 9-10) – we are reconciled to God because of the mercy of God.
12. And under the king’s table Mephibosheth’s crippled feet were covered – we too become whole people because of the grace of God that covers us.
What we need to recognize is that David’s grace to Mephibosheth is also a pattern for us in serving and ministering to others. This example of David is how we need to live, serve, and minister.
1. We should seek out our enemies and seek to bless them and not harm or humiliate them.
2. We should look for the poor, weak, lame, and hidden to bless them and show them the love of God – even if we get nothing in return.
3. We should bless others when they don’t deserve it and bless them with much more than they could ever want or need.
4. We should bless others for the sake of someone else – honor other by honoring their family.
5. We must show the kindness, generosity, and grace of God to others if we wish to be significant and make a difference in the world in which we live.
What is your gut level reaction to this story and what stands out to you in all this?