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Kindness for Jonathan’s Sake

Scripture Passage: 
2 Samuel 9:1-13

INTRODUCTION: This is perhaps the premier story and example of Old Testament grace. The fallen house of Saul receives mercy and grace from the triumphant house of David.

  1. David Sought for Any of the House of Saul (2 Samuel 9:1)
    1. His covenant with Jonathan (1 Samuel 20:11-17)
    2. His remembrance of that covenant (Deuteronomy 7:7-8)
  2. David Searched for a Seed (2 Samuel 9:2-4)
    1. He inquired of Ziba (2 Samuel 9:2-3Luke 14:16-23)
    2. Ziba led him to Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:4); “lame on his feet”
    3. Name meanings in this passage:
      1. Ammiel means people of God
      2. Machir means sold
      3. Lodebar means no pasture (Ephesians 2:12)
  3. David Sent for Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:5-6)
    1. He fetched him out of Lodebar (2 Samuel 9:5; Psalm 40:2)
    2. Mephibosheth did reverence to David (2 Samuel 9:6Luke 18:13)
    3. Mephibosheth presented himself as a servant (2 Samuel 9:6Matthew 23:11-12)
    4. Mephibosheth means exterminator of shame .  He is the seventh person mentioned in the chapter and he is mentioned seven times.
  4. David Showed Kindess on Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:7-8)
    1. For Jonathan’s sake (2 Samuel 9:7Isaiah 53:4-6)
    2. His restored inheritance (2 Samuel 9:7Romans 8:16-18)
    3. His place at David’s table (2 Samuel 9:7Psalm 23:5)
    4. His spirit of humility (2 Samuel 9:8); “a dead dog”
  5. David Served Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:9-12)
    1. He appointed Ziba to serve him (2 Samuel 9:9-10Hebrews 1:13-14)
    2. He assured a harvest for Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:10-111 Corinthians 15:58; Galatians 6:9)
  6. David Showered Blessings on Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:10)
    1. A harvest AND a place at his table
    2. He gave him seventy feet to replace his lame ones – Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants who were to serve Mephibosheth (35 x 2 = 70)
  7. David Secured a Place for Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:13)
    1. Dwelling in Jerusalem (John 14:1-3)
    2. Eating continually at David’s table (Psalm 23:6)
    3. Still lame on both feet – still no merit!!!

CONCLUSION: You and I are lame on both feet—but God has a gift for us through Jesus Christ if we will accept Him.

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 29:19

A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.