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DAVID’S KINDNESS TO MEPHIBOSHETH
II Samuel 9:1-3
Victor M. Eskew
A. Romans 15:4
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
B. This being true, we will turn our attention to II Samuel 9. This is an encounter between David and Jonathan’s son named Mephibosheth.
1. Verse 1
And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?
2. This question goes back to a covenant made between Jonathan and David just prior to David’s flight from Saul. The portion of their agreement hat applies to this text is found in I Samuel 20:14-15.
And thou shalt not only while yet I live show me the kindness of the Lord, that I die not: but also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house forever: no, not when the Lord hath cut off the enemies of David every one from the face of the earth.
3. In II Samuel 9, David is now honoring his word long after the death of his good friend.
C. A summary of the story.
1. A servant of Saul named Ziba tells David about a son who was lame in his feet.
2. David secures this young man and blesses him.
a. He gives him the land of his grandfather Saul.
b. He allows Mephibosheth to eat bread at the king’s table constantly.
D. There are numerous lessons for us to apply from this one chapter of the OT.
I. JESUS CHRIST STAND IN DAVID’S PLACE
David was the king over physical
Men and brethren, Let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath unto him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.
This King also desires to
show kindness to others (
But God commended his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
II. HUMANITY IS REPRESENTED BY MEPHIBOSHETH
A. Mephiboseth was of the lineage of David’s adversary, Saul. Saul was his grandfather. We also served a father who was an enemy of Jesus.
1. All of us are sinners (Rom. 3:23). Romans 6:16 teaches that we are the servants to the one we chose to obey.
a. Jews (John 8:44).
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…
b. Gentiles (Eph. 2:3).
Among whom also we had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
B. Mephibosheth was physically lame (II Sam. 4:4). We, too, are lame in our inward man due to sin (Rom. 3:10-18).
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are swift to shed blood: destruct-tion and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes.
III. MEPHIBOSHETH WAS WORTHY OF DEATH
A. In Oriental times, it was customary for the new monarch to slay all the males of old monarch’s lineage. They posed a threat to the kingdom. Insurrection could be instigated if one son remained.
B. Mankind is worthy of spiritual death.
1. Ezekiel 18:20
The soul that sinneth, it shall die…
2. Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death…
3. Galatians 6:8
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…
IV. DAVID SOUGHT FOR MEPHIBOSHETH
A. In II Samuel 9, David is the one who put forth the effort to find and secure Mephibosheth.
B. In like manner, God is the one who sought after man in order to bring him into a right relationship with Him.
1. Ezekiel 34:16
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick…
2. Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
3. II Corinthians 5:18-19
And all things are from God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
V. DAVID EXTENDED KINDNESS AND GRACE TO MEPHIBOSHETH
A. II Samuel 9:7a
And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake…
B. God does not give us what we deserve. He shows us mercy, kindness, and grace.
1. Romans 3:23-24
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
2. Titus 3:4-6
But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
VI. MEPHIBOSHETH RECEIVED BLESSINGS
A. He was restored to a position of royalty (I Peter 2:9).
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…
B. He was allowed to eat at the king’s table (Luke 14:15-24).
A certain man made a great supper, and bade many…Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
C. He was given the land of his father as an inheritance (John 14:2-30.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.
A. What would you have thought of Mephibosheth had he turned this blessing of David down?
Yet, many reject the offer
of the King of spiritual