Grace and Healing

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“One day David asked, ‘Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’ He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. ‘Are you Ziba?’ the king asked. ‘Yes sir, I am,’ Ziba replied. The king then asked him, ‘Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.’ Ziba replied, ‘Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.’
‘Where is he?’ the king asked. ‘In Lo-debar,’ Ziba told him, ‘at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.’
So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, ‘Greetings, Mephibosheth.’ Mephibosheth replied, ‘I am your servant.’
‘Don’t be afraid!’ David said. ‘I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!’
Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, ‘Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?’ Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, ‘I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.’ (Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
Ziba replied, ‘Yes, my lord the king; I am your servant, and I will do all that you have commanded.’ And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons. Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. From then on, all the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants. And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.” - 2 Samuel 9

There is nothing more amazing than the grace of God that brings salvation.

In 2 Samuel 9 we are introduced to Mephibosheth. He was Saul's grandson, Jonathan's son. When Saul and Jonathan died, his nurse fled with him. He fell and became lame. (2 Samuel 4:4)

As the Son of a former king, Mephibosheth's life was not worth much (vs. 8). He was separated from the new king and the kingdom. He remained in hiding, for fear that the new king would want to destroy anyone who had a claim to the throne.

Today every sinner is separated from God and deserves God's punishment. (Isaiah 59:2)

David, for the sake of Jonathan, sought to show kindness to one of Saul and Jonathan's descendants. David sought out Mephibosheth.

God seeks out sinners to show kindness to them. He sent his Son to die for sinners. John 3:16, 10:11, Isaiah 53:4-6
He sends the Holy Spirit to convict sinners. John 16:8-11
He sends the church to share the Gospel. Mark 16:15

Mephibosheth was saved from a miserable life and was given his inheritance. He did nothing to earn it, it was granted to him freely. All he had to do was accept David's kindness.

We are saved from a miserable life and given an inheritance in Heaven when we accept God's free gift of salvation. The price for sin has been paid. All we must do is accept God's free gift. (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9)

David treated Mephibosheth as a son, allowing him to eat with the other sons at the King's table.

The moment a person is saved, he or she becomes a son of God. (John 1:12) We too are invited to the King of King's table. Are you saved? Are you a royal guest of the Lord of Lords?

Accept Him today, and know the same wholeness, care and healing that was brought to Mephibosheth, as he rested at the table of the king.

Father, help me to give myself to Your Son, Christ Jesus. I know that He is my Lord and King. Let me give Him rule over my life today. Amen.
Sep 23 2018