August 19, 2019

2 Samuel 9-A Parable of God’s Grace Toward Us

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good Lord’s Day yesterday and showed you mom how much you appreciate her! For the Daily Scripture today, I thought I would post the passage Dad preached from yesterday and give you a quick overview of his message after you read the passage.

 1 And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for        Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “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 father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” 9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.

Well, that is a great passage! I could give you my two or three pages of notes from the message, but I think I’ll just point out a few things that are a representation of God’s grace and kindness to us.

DAVID

  • David, because of his covenant with Johnathan, seeks out any relatives of Saul or Johnathan to show them kindness not for anything they had done (in this case Mephibosheth) but because of the previous covenant.
    Comparison: Because of the covenant made between the Father and Son we are sought out that God might show us grace, not for anything we have done, but because of Jesus Christ.

  • David had thought of kindness toward Mephibosheth before Mephibosheth ever even had a thought of David.
    Comparison: God had thoughts of kindness and mercy toward us when we were still yet His enemies.
  • When David brought Mephibosheth into the palace he blessed him and restored to him all the person property that was Saul’s and told him that he would always eat at the kings table. Comparison: When God brings up to himself he seats us at his table and we have the provision of our king.
  • When David had Mephibosheth at his table it was a permanent position at the kings table.
    Comparison: When God brings us to himself it is a permanent situation that we can not be removed from.

MEPHIBOSHETH

  • Mephibosheth came from a cursed family, lived in a cursed land, and had a cursed condition. Mephibosheth came from the last royal family who even God himself forsaken that king. Many scholars agree that the land of Lo-debar was a barren, unfruitful, waist land. Finally, Mephibosheth had an injury that made him unable to walk and he had to be cared for by someone else.
    Comparison: We are like Mephibosheth. Without Christ we are in a barren unfruitful land and cannot do anything to save ourselves.

  • Mephibosheth in light of David’s kindness recognized his true state and his unworthiness to receive such kindness.
    Comparison: We when God forgives us of our sins recognize our unworthiness and our disgusting state before God in light of his amazing grace, when we have done nor can do anything to deserve it.

Well, those are just a few of the things brought out from this passage. I did leave some out, but if you notice anything else that would be a comparison from this passage to demonstrate God’s grace to us fell free to leave a comment and tell me!

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