Mephibosheth - A Study in Gracefulness

Mephibosheth: There was incredible turmoil when Saul and Jonathan died as to who would be in charge. Mephibosheth, who was lame in both feet, plays a key role in what happens.

2 Sam 4:4, mentions Mephibosheth as a five year old and we don’t come back to him until chapter 9. David tells him he will restore his land and he will eat at David’s table from now on, just as one of David’s sons.

Grace is as beautifully displayed in this story as anywhere in the Bible other than the cross of Christ. David shows us what grace is all about in how he treats Mephibosheth.

In 1 Sam 20 when David and Jonathan meet for the last time and Jonathan tells David his Dad wants to kill him. But Jonathan tells David, but I am on your side. When you become King, don’t kill me. And, when I die, don’t kill my kids either. Regicide was very common then - killing the whole family of a deposed king so as not to have them be a threat to the crown.

So this is David’s motivation with how he deals with Mephibosheth. He is doing what God would do, he is honoring Jonathan’s request. He asks, is there someone of the house of Saul I can show the kindness of God to?

Mephibosheth asks him what good is there in a dead dog like me? Why would do this for me? And David says all that belonged to his grandfather Saul is now yours. Overnight he is now rich. Look at verse 7, verse 10, verse 11 and verse 13: notice the repetition. He ate at the king’s table regularly is repeated four times. Here is a man who had lived in obscurity, David didn’t even know he was alive, but now suddenly the spotlight is on him and he has people taking care of him. But what really stood out to him of all that he has just been given, is the fact that he would from now on eat at David’s table regularly. And no one ate like the king.

But think of the other blessings from that, the people he got to eat with. He will eat as one of the king’s sons. He will be like one of the family.

What does that mean to us? Mephibosheth is you and me. We became lame when we sinned, incapable of living the life we needed to live, crippled by our sin. But God wants to show favor to His Son’s people through Jesus, he extended a blessing to us to eat at his table. He had nothing, deserved nothing and he received everything. That describes us. Lost in sin, saved by grace, and we get to dine regularly with God’s family, both here and for eternity. But also, we still carry the scars of our sins, as Mephibosheth was still lame.

Tit 3:3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.  4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We are Mephibosheth.

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