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Grace Illustrated: David and Mephibosheth-Part Two

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., May 12, 2019
Part of the Great Events in the History of Redemption series.

As we learned last Lord’s Day, the story of David and Mephibosheth, found in 2 Samuel 9, is one of the most moving events in the life of Israel’s greatest king. And we established the fact that this amazing drama provides us with a wonderful Old Testament portrait of the mercy and love we have received through our Lord Jesus Christ. This coming Sunday, we will get into the details of David’s unique relationship to this crippled son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul. Our text will be 2 Samuel 9:6-13.

As you read and meditate upon this passage, let me ask you to look for some important details which we will explore together on Sunday.

First, notice Mephibosheth’s rather brutal self-assessment in verse 8.

Second, take note of David’s gracious four-fold promise to Mephibosheth:

Restoration of his land in verse 7
A seat at the king’s table in verse 7
All of the wealth of Saul’s former kingdom in verse 9
The privilege of reigning over his own servants in verse 10

Third, consider how all of this beautifully foreshadows what has happened to us by means of the unfailing grace and love of God our Father, which has been freely granted to us in His Beloved Son.

I can’t wait to explore God’s Word with you this week!


2 Samuel 9:6-13

6Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! 7And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 8And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? 9Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. 10Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. 12And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. 13So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet. (KJV)