Summary: Grace is a dirty word for the devil. It's the power behind the gospel - not creed, religion, philosophy. Grace is God reaching somebody like me - God's favor that is unearned, undeserved, unrepayable. We see it in David's encounter with Mephibosheth.
DAVID SERIES: A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART - PART 14: MEPHIBOSHETH - A PERFECT PICTURE OF GOD'S GRACE
2 SAMUEL 9: 1 Now David said, ¡§Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan¡¦s sake?¡¨ 2 And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. So when they had called him to David, the king said to him, ¡§Are you Ziba?¡¨ He said, ¡§At your service!¡¨ 3 Then the king said, ¡§Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?¡¨ And Ziba said to the king, ¡§There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet.¡¨ 4 So the king said to him, ¡§Where is he?¡¨ And Ziba said to the king, ¡§Indeed he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in LoDebar.¡¨ 5 Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from LoDebar. 6 Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, ¡§Mephibosheth?¡¨ And he answered, ¡§Here is your servant!¡¨ 7 So David said to him, ¡§Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father¡¦s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.¡¨ 8 Then he bowed himself, and said, ¡§What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?¡¨ 9 And the king called to Ziba, Saul¡¦s servant, and said to him, ¡§I have given to your master¡¦s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest, that your master¡¦s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master¡¦s son shall eat bread at my table always.¡¨ Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, ¡§According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so will your servant do.¡¨ ¡§As for Mephibosheth,¡¨ said the king, ¡§he shall eat at my table like one of the king¡¦s sons.¡¨ 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Micha. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king¡¦s table. And he was lame in both his feet.
Intro: David: Man After God's Own Heart (Pt 14) Mephibosheth: A Picture Of God's Grace
God Is A God Of Grace. Song: Great is thy faithfulness Lam. 3:22-23 22. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The mindset of many is that they can work hard to gain salvation. They believe they can live good enough to make it to heaven. Impossible. The price is paid. All we have to do is accept the gift God has provided. In the Bible, we find various examples of God¡¦s grace.
1. Ephesians 2:4-9: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
2. Esther 2: 17 Now the king, Xerxes of Persia, was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 And the king gave a great banquet, Esther¡¦s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday...
3. John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
4. Romans 9:10-13 Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad - in order that God's purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls - she was told, ¡¥The older will serve the younger.¡¦ Just as it is written: ¡¥Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.