We had a busy few weeks with traveling to Teach Them Diligently in Nashville and then Easter week. So our usual readings were on hold, but this week we are back in 2 Samuel.
We read Chapter 9 last night and I wanted to highlight that today because it is such a beautiful picture of God’s love for us. I also was blown away by the timing of reading this passage. (more on that at the end of this post 🙂 )
A little background: Back in 1 Samuel we learned about David and Jonathan’s friendship. Jonathon was the son of Saul and David’s best friend. They had a uniquely special relationship and they had made a promise to each other to care for each other’s relatives after their death. Jonathon had died in the previous chapters and in this chapter, we meet his son Mephibosheth.
Mephibosheth is lame in both feet and was only five years old when Jonathon died. Here we see David inquiring of Jonathan’s descendants to whom he can show the kindness of God.
David was motivated by the covenant he had made with Jonathon and by showing the kindness that He himself had been shown by God.
The chapter goes on to describe how he invites Mephiboshethh to dine at the king’s table and to be treated as royalty, even while still lame.
This is a picture of God’s treatment of us! We are broken and imperfect and we are invited to dine with Him at His royal table!
We are hiding, poor, weak, lame, and fearful before our King comes to us.
- We are separated from our King because of our wicked ancestors.
- We are separated from our King because of our deliberate actions.
- We separated ourselves from the King because we didn’t know him or His love for us.
- Our King sought us out before we sought Him.
- The King’s kindness is extended to us for the sake of another.
- The King’s kindness is based on covenant.
- We must receive the King’s kindness in humility.
- The King returns to us what we lost in hiding from Him.
- The King returns to us more than what we lost in hiding from Him.
- We have the privilege of provision at the King’s table.
- We are received as sons at the King’s table, with access to the King and fellowship with Him.
- We receive servants from the King.
- The King’s honor does not immediately take away all our weakness and lameness, but it gives us a favor and standing that overcomes its sting and changes the way we think about ourselves.
David’s grace to Mephibosheth is also a pattern for us in serving and ministering to others. We are David.
- We should seek out our enemies and seek to bless them.
- We should look for the poor, weak, lame, and hidden to bless them.
- We should bless others when they don’t deserve it, and bless them more than they deserve.
- We should bless others for the sake of someone else.
- We must show the kindness of God to others.
I just love this passage. Our family came to it at the perfect time too. We have been dreaming of an idea for quite a few years, and this week we have begun to make it a reality. Since purchasing our dream property last year, we have been busy making gardens and raising chickens. We want to share God’s blessings with others, so this summer we are opening up a farmstand here that will be, “Take what you need. Leave what you can.” Meaning, we want to share our abundance with others, especially those in need and we will never charge. We will only take donations for items and if someone can’t afford to leave anything, so be it. Our hope is to give out Bible tracts with each bag of produce or carton of eggs. We want to feed people physically and spiritually.
God has been so good to us, and we know this home is not ours, but His. We are hoping to share our blessings with others. So as we read this last night, after just getting our website together for our farm, I couldn’t help but smile, knowing God is continually speaking to us through His Word, and always at just the right times. So even when our readings were delayed, this one STILL came on the exact day we needed. Praise Him.