Summary: We have allowed a lot of precious people to fall through the crack, causing personal injury or spiritual death.
6-17-2008 Vacation Bible School
Lesson: Mephibosheth and God-like Kindness
David makes an inquiry: (in chapter 9)
- of the ruined house of King Saul (sin and misconduct ruin)
- disobedience ruins lives/wrecks homes
- This was a great while after David assumed the throne
- Mephibosheth was 5 at the time of his accident
- His nurse dropped him while fleeing to safety, (when King Saul died)
- That left him crippled
- He is now grown, and has his own family (has a son)
- David made vows to Jonathan (his father) a long long time ago
- Here his memory is jarred
- and he remembers those promises
- sometimes we need to shake ourselves
- to remember just in case we have left promises unfulfilled
- Acts 13:6 Paul reminiscing about David:
“that he served his generation according to the will of God”
- Meaning: he was a good man, that made it his business to do good
- In this story of Mephibosheth, David sought opportunity to do good.
- David asked a person a question,
- that he was sure would be apt to know the answer
- The question: “Is there any yet left of the house of Saul, that I might show him kindness? (in another verse he says “the kindness of God”).
- He would show kindness for Jonathans sake
- Saul had a very large family 1 Chron 8:33
- Large enough to replenish a large community
- Disobedience/sin can empty full families
- God visited the iniquity of Saul upon his household
- But David would not (instead he spared)
Saul was David’s sworn enemy
- Yet David would show kindness to his house
- David had forgiven Saul, of his vile deeds towards him
- Thus the verse “vengeance is mine saith the Lord, I will repay”.
- When we bless instead of curse, this is how we overcome evil.
- And find mercy for ourselves
Jonathan was David’s sworn friend
- just as God is faithful to us
- Let us be faithful to each other
- When Mephibosheth meets David, he bows
- Mephibosheth’s.0 request to David:
1 Sam 20: 14 & 15 “show me the kindness of the Lord so I don’t have to die.”
- He continues the request: “and the same to my seed”.
- “Gods kindness is more, than we can normally expect from men”.
- Ziba was an old acquaintance of Saul
- A man in the know
Mephibosheth lived in obscurity
- hidden away Living with a kind man named Machir
- who had taken him in
- probably from his mothers or fathers influence
- however, probably forgotten, as a dead man
David sent for Jonathan’s son, to be delivered with speed
- Machir had taken him in
- David reimburses Machir for his trouble and kindness
Proverbs teaches “he who waters, shall be watered himself” (Prov 11:25)
Mephibosheth had been trained (influenced) by his father Jonathan
- it shows as he reverences King David
- as lame as he was, he fell on his face
- and he does homage to King David (the highest respect)
History teaches that when Jonathan was next to his father Saul near the throne
- that David bowed before Jonathan 3 times
- 1 Sam 20:41 verifies it as a fact)
- Now Mephibosheth, returns the honors
David receives him with all kindness
- the long trip over, to see the King
- probably caused Mephibosheth’s heart to almost fail
- trying to figure out what was the purpose for the Kings urgent call
- would he too have to die, as all of his brethren before him
- David remembers his first name
- David was probably best man at Jonathan’s wedding.
- David probably was called to the scene, when Mephibosheth was born
- Chap 9:7 David said, “don’t be afraid”.
- same words Jesus would speak, "be not afraid".
- David spoke peace to his troubles soul.
- Great men, should not pleasure in having others fear them
- David gave him all of his grand fathers land (possessions)
David was more than fair
- as King, he had a right to take it all away from a fallen enemy
- Instead, David takes him to be a constant guest at his own table
- Not only to comfortably feed him
- But to pay expenses for guest to constantly visit him
- David considered him to be still royalty
- Although lame, and unsightly,
- David is honored to have him in his house
- As one of David’s family
- Most King’s son’ (most likely spoiled brats)
would consider that the world owes them
- Mephibosheth was very humble/amazed.
- Thus we understand his reply.
- “what is thy servant that you should look upon such a dead dog?”