MEPHIBOSHETH - Week of September 4th
By Judy NicholsSeptember 4, 2016
In Scripture David is called a man after God’s own heart. Perhaps the sweetest illustration of this is found in 2 Samuel 9. David has become king after the deaths of Saul and Jonathan in battle and has defeated all his enemies and consolidated the kingdom under his reign. Now he says, "Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?" (V.1).
Jonathan had been David’s friend and staunchest ally, even though he was Saul’s son. He rescued David from Saul’s wrath and helped him escape when it became clear Saul was determined to kill him. But David loved Jonathan and had promised that he would not completely eliminate his family. When the news of the defeat came to the house of Saul, a nurse took the child Mephibosheth to escape. In their haste, Mephibosheth fell and became lame in both feet.
David calls a servant of Saul and asks him if there is anyone left of his master’s family. He identifies Mephibosheth and David sends for him. He is probably anxious and he falls down before David in homage. Hear what David says. "Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your [grand]father, and you shall eat at my table always" (v.7).
Isn’t this our experience before God? He shows us kindness for the sake of His Son, whom He loves. God’s wrath against sin, that we so richly deserve, was spent against Jesus, His beloved Son. His victory over sin and death, and the righteousness His life, death, and resurrection procured, God kindly gives to us.
He restores to us all the "land" lost to sin. In Scripture being in the land represented being at peace, secure, nourished. Psalm 37 speaks of the blessedness of trusting in the Lord and living in the land. Verse 11 says, "But the meek will inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace." Paul says in Romans 5:1, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." He also gives us the tools to regain ground lost to our own personal sin: repentance and forgiveness.
And He invites us to eat at His table regularly. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst" (John 6:35). We come to the communion table to feed on our Lord Jesus Christ and receive His grace. We seek His face in prayer and know that we are heard and changed, and our needs are not taken lightly by Him. We see Him in the Scriptures as we read, believe, and obey them. Eating at His table regularly is true nourishment.
Mephibosheth was lame. Had he not been Saul’s grandson, he probably would have been reduced to begging. There was probably little or nothing he could do on his own. Just so, there is nothing we can do on our own to merit God’s kindness. How grateful I am that He has showed us what He is like through David’s example.
© Judy Nichols 2016