Summary: We have a wonderful picture of grace here; the story of an obscure man with a name not only hard to pronounce, but with a terrible meaning.

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Passage: 2 Samuel 9:1-13

Intro: Back in the 50’s, there was a TV show called “Queen for a Day.”

PP Show the picture of it.

1. today it is “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, where people get a new house.

2. these gifts are given for people in terrific need, and it is great.

3. it is what grace means in the world.

4. grace as presented in the Bible is different, deeper.

5. grace is what sets Christianity apart from every other belief system.

6. true Biblical grace is incredibly rare in our world.

7. but we have a wonderful picture of grace here in 2 Samuel 9, the story of a obscure man with a name not only hard to pronounce, but with a terrible meaning.

8. as we look at this “extreme makeover: Old Testament edition,” we are going to find what true grace is.

9. we’ll also discover that we are called to be people of grace.

10. so what characterizes Biblical grace?

I. Grace is the Active Expression of Love

1. following King David thru 22 years of waiting to become king of all Israel.

2. 15 years pursued by Saul, 7 years at war with Saul’s son Ishbosheth.

3. in these times, when someone became king, customary to kill all others with a claim to the throne.

4. many years later, Jehu did this very thing to the sons of Ahab.

PP 2 Kings 10:6

5. look at 2 Samuel 9:1 “Is there anyone…for Jonathan’s sake?”

6. David had made a promise to Jonathan that he would be kind to his family.

PP 1 Samuel 20:15

7. but hadn’t the ensuing mistreatment nullified that agreement?

8. not when there is true Biblical love.

9. Biblical love is a choice that is expressed most powerfully when it is directed at ones enemies.

10. not just loving people who have done nothing to deserve it, but loving people who have done everything not to deserve it!

PP Romans 5:8

11. Saul’s family was easily David’s enemy, but David’s determination was to love whoever was left alive.

12. there is no grace without love, and love will consistently demonstrate itself in grace.

13. and grace will always be for the benefit of another

14. and so David looked for someone, anyone, to whom he could show kindness.

15. this is just like God, whose undeserved love for us has caused Him to shower us with grace.

Il) Packer quote, Swindoll p. 236

16. if we say we love, then we will treat others graciously, and not as they deserve.

II. Grace Goes Looking

1. David did a Google search for Saul’s family

2. guy named Ziba came up, who had been a servant of Saul.

3. called for him, v3, got the info he was looking for.

4. Jonathan’s son, a young man who had been crippled during a panicked flight from the palace when Saul and Jonathan had been killed.

5. Mephibosheth, whose name means “from the mouth of the shameful thing”. Wow!

6. he was living in a town named Lo Debar, which either means “no pasture” or “no word”. Not very promising.

Il) like living in Purgatory, Maine or Hell, Michigan. Real places!

7. asked where he was (v4), then sent his people to get him.

8. grace does not love at arms length!

9. called this young man into his presence, and you can bet his knees were knocking.

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