David’s Lovingkindness to Mephibosheth

Text: II Samuel 9
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 22, 2009

This Sunday we will enjoy one of the most touching stories in the life of David in which he shows kindness to Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth.

If things had gone differently, Jonathan would have been King and Mephibosheth would have been the Crown Prince.

But because of Saul’s sin, Jonathan died and the kingdom was taken away from Saul’s family and given to David.

As we come to II Samuel 9, when David is firmly established on his throne he remembers his covenant with Jonathan and seeks a descendant of Jonathan to see if he can show him lovingkindess as Jonathan had shown to him. Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth is found (perhaps hiding) in the far corner of the land. David summons him and showers lovingkindness upon him, making him rich and adopting him as a son. Mephibosheth is overwhelmed and humbled by David’s love and mercy.

David’s lovingkindness to Mephibosheth is a picture of God’s lovingkindness towards us (II Sam. 9:3). We were unworthy enemies, whose father (Adam) had through sin lost the kingdom.

God sought us out when we were hiding from Him and bestowed riches upon us, adopting us as His sons and daughters.

We who have received such mercy are also called upon to reflect God’s love in our dealings with others.

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