Heavenly Father, thank you for your lovingkindness that you express in my life each day.
Read 2 SAMUEL 9
David and Mephibosheth
9 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2 Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
“At your service,” he replied.
3 The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”
4 “Where is he?” the king asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“At your service,” he replied.
7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[a] table like one of the king’s sons.
12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.
- 2 Samuel 9:11 Septuagint; Hebrew my
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ReflectBefore you read further, list 12 ways in which God has been kind to you.
Once again, we see in today’s passage David’s genuine honoring of Saul, actively seeking to bless anyone who’s left in Saul’s family line (v 1). Kings must be pretty busy, so for David to make time for this demonstrates what his heart was like. Mephibosheth must have been nervous (vs 6,7), yet David’s intentions were wholly good (vs 9,10). This would come at quite a cost for David. I have three sons and they eat… a lot! Imagine how much food Ziba (Mephibosheth’s servant) and his fifteen sons and twenty servants (v 10) could have powered through!
David wants to show ‘God’s kindness’ (v 3) to Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son. Mephibosheth served no usefulness for King David—he was a forgotten nobody whose disability meant he couldn’t fight in David’s army or serve in his protection detail. The kindness David showed was one-way, unmerited and lavish— Mephibosheth went from being in a place of desolate isolation to eating at the king’s table (v 13).
In David’s actions we see a foreshadowing of the lovingkindness of Jesus—who sought out not just one long lost son, but came to redeem a whole people for God (see Titus 2:14). And who didn’t only invite us to his table, but made a way for us to be adopted as children of God (1 John 3:1), and his banner spread over us is love (see Song of Solomon 2:4).
Who can you show the kindness of God to today?
Lord Jesus, there is nothing in me that you needed, but my need for you was beyond measure. You came and died for me; I want to live for you.
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