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Getting to Know . . . 2 Samuel (chapter 9) Showing Kindness!

Are you looking to show kindness to someone else today? David wants to show kindness to anyone still left of Saul’s house. Saul’s servant Ziba tells David of a son of Jonathan named Mephibosheth who is lame in both feet.

David has Mephibosheth brought to him and he says, 7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

Mephibosheth’s response of humility reminds us of what David said when Saul was trying to kill him. Mephibosheth says, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” (v. 8).

Saul’s servant Ziba is commissioned to farm Saul’s land and provide for Mephibosheth who “will always eat at my table” (v. 10). We read, “So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.” (v. 11).

We are told an additional time that Mephibosheth was lame in both feet and that he always ate at the king’s table.

Some takeaways for me:
1. Notice that David’s kindness is intentional. He looks for someone of Saul’s house to whom he can show kindness. Kindness is not just a spur-of-the-moment reaction. It plans; it looks for opportunities to bless someone else.
2. To always eat at the king’s table was a massive mercy! David could well have had Mephibosheth executed (as a descendent of Saul), but he shows him mercy.
3. Mephibosheth’s “disability” is not the focus of David’s attention.
4. The Bible exalts humility, doesn’t it? Mephibosheth’s statement “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” is refreshing.

Be humble today — and look for someone to show kindness to!

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2019 in 2 Samuel 9

 

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