II SAMUEL 9
1 One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked. “Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.
3 The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.”Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”
4 “Where is he?” the king asked. “In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.”
5 So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6 His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.” Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.”
7 “Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!”
8 Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”
9 Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” (Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
11 Ziba replied, “Yes, my lord the king; I am your servant, and I will do all that you have commanded.” And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.
12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. From then on, all the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants. 13 And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.
In this story you see a beautiful picture of what God has done for each one of us. David represents God in this story and Mephibosheth is everyone of us who has received Christ as our Lord and Savior. The table represents, salvation, our new reality in Christ. There are six things found at the table that can be drawn from this story that reveal what we have been given because of redemption.
1. UNDESERVED KINDNESS (v. 1)
did nothing to earn the kindness of David. He was giving it for the sake of another. The nature of God is always looking to display the kindness of God. That is one true evidence of the transformative power of God in a person.Mephibosheth
4 When God our Savior revealed His kindness and love, 5 He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.
The forgiveness of God was offered to us because of God’s love. The redemption of our lives cost God His most precious son. The grace of God was a gift from God. So no one can boast in their own accomplishments.
2. TOTAL RESTORATION (v. 7)
Saul was the king of Israel, but his Kingdom was no more. Nevertheless, David gave Mephibosheth everything that previously belonged to him. The riches of his father’s Kingdom were restored to him. What was supposed to be his from the beginning, but was stripped away, now was being restored. He was no longer like a servant living in fear of what may happen…because of his condition
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
God’s original intention was for you to have relationship with Him. Everything that Adam and Eve forfeited, Jesus bought back for you. Heavenly realities were to be your earthly portion.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.
What belongs to those who are part of the Kingdom of God were meant to belong to you from the very beginning.
18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.
3. A ROYAL SEAT (v. 7)
Mephibosheth now got a permanent seat at the table of the king. He is now sharing in the royal blessing of David. This represents security, safety and prosperity. In salvation, we have been granted a seat with Christ Jesus, the King of Kings!
For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
4. REMOVAL OF SHAME
The name Mephibosheth actually means “destroying shame”! Imagine all the shame he must have endured being crippled and relying on others to help him. His father was no longer the king. His special treatment was no more and even his life was danger. When he sat at the Royal table, everything became equal again. His brokenness was no longer visible. God did the same for us through the sacrifice of Jesus. God made us all play at a level playing field once again. Yearly animal sacrifice could never do what Jesus’ sacrifice accomplished once and for all.
6 But you will be called the priests of the LORD;
You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.
You will eat the wealth of nations,
And in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land,
Everlasting joy will be theirs.
5. REINSTATEMENT OF AUTHORITY (v. 10)
Mephibosheth was given back authority from the King. His servants were told that they must tend to his land and bring forth it’s produce to him, even though he would be eating at the King’s table. When Jesus came, he stripped the power from Satan and gave it to the church that we may live in the authority that was originally intended for us!
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
6. RECOGNITION OF SONSHIP (v. 11)
Because of the kindness of David, everything changed for Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth went to king David and was willing to be a servant, but David chose to treat him as a son. In the same way, God could have received us as slaves, but instead chose to make us sons and daughters!
5 God sent Him (Jesus) to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. 6 And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are His child, God has made you His heir.
We have been given a seat at the Master’s table! We were shown undeserved kindness because of God’s love. We were given total restoration because of God’s grace. We were given a royal seat because of God’s favor. All our shame was removed because of God’s mercy. We then were given authority to live in His power! We are now adopted as children of God, heirs of the promise. What an overwhelming privilege!
Father, thank you for Your great love and mercy. Thank you for what you have done for me through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. Help me to understand the fullness of your grace and walk in it. Let this heavenly reality now be expressed in every part of my life in Jesus’ name, AMEN!