2 Samuel 9: A story of kindness so needed today
Are you willing to look upon the heartache and joy in the story of Mephibosheth ?
Out of his love for Jonathan, David had vowed to show kindness to his family (1 Samuel 20:14-17; 42). Now, wanting to keep that promise, he searches for descendents of Saul whom he can take under his protection. Ziba, a servant of Saul, tells David of Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan who had been injured in a fall when five years old and was lame ever since. In a way, Mephibosheth was the last victim of the disaster that came upon Saul and Jonathan (see 2 Samuel 4:4).
David summons Mephibosheth who arrives at the palace and bows in fear before David, thinking that he will die like the rest of David’s enemies. He therefore is startled when David speaks kindly to him, restores the family property of Jonathan to him, and invites him to eat at the king’s own table like one of David’s sons. David goes even further in commanding Ziba and his many sons and servants to work Mephibosheth’s land for him. Again, David expresses the generous heart of God by showing mercy to his enemies.
David’s triumphs were not all in battle. Mephibosheth, David triumphs in mercy.
God of compassion, make us show mercy to all around us.
DR. GARY HOLLOWAY
Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway.