Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – 2 Samuel
“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. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness (grace) 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.’
Mephibosheth bowed down and said, ‘What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?’” 2 Samuel 9:6-8
My favorite Old Testament story. Mephibosheth was the crippled grandson of the former King Saul, and the son of the new king David’s best friend, Jonathan. Usually, family members of previous kings were all put to death so that they would not attempt to ‘legally’ usurp the new king. So, when David tracks down Mephibosheth, who has been hiding in the desert all these years, Mephibosheth naturally believes he will be put to death.
But instead of ‘justice’, Mephibosheth receives mercy (not put to death) and grace. The grace he receives includes all the property of his grandfather and father, but the biggest blessing is that he will always eat at the table of King David as one of his children (in these few verses it says this four times!!). Mephibosheth receives these blessings – not because of any good thing he has done – but purely because of the covenant promise that David made with Jonathan, that stated that after Jonathan’s death David would always care for Jonathan’s family members (Mephibosheth).
You and I are born separated from the Lord – natural enemies of the Lord – but in His mercy and grace He sent Jesus Christ (with Whom He has had an eternal covenant relationship with) to die in our place, and instead of justice, we receive mercy at the cross (our sins are forgiven), and grace when Jesus rose from the dead (given eternal life); and we will ALWAYS sit at the Lord’s Table as one of His children, because that is who we are!