David and Mephibosheth

And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him?  And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet… And 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.  And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

II Samuel 9:3, 7-8

I have always enjoyed reading about this wonderful picture of us, God and Jesus.  Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and the grandson of Saul, both of whom had died in battle.  He was “lame on his feet”.  He couldn’t do much of anything for himself.  He wasn’t out trying to fight for himself to “win back” the land that had belonged to Saul and Jonathan.  He was totally at the mercy of David and really had no reason to think that David would even take notice of him, let alone have mercy on him.

But David sought him out.  David was looking for someone to show kindness to because of Jonathan.  David restored to Mephibosheth all of the land that had belonged to Saul.  David told Mephibosheth that he would be eating at the king’s table.  Mephibosheth had nothing before David sought him out and he had everything after David sought him out and found him.

Think of the great picture this gives us of our God and Saviour.  We were helpless and had nothing.  He sought us out.  He found us.  He has given us everything.  And God has done all of these things because of Jesus.  Just as David showed Mephibosheth kindness because of Jonathan, so God is able to show us mercy and kindness because of the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Without Him, we are, as Mephibosheth said, dead dogs.  We should be continually thankful for the mercy and kindness He has shown to us because of Jesus!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Great post, Ben!

    I think it’s also worth noting that when David “called” Mephibosheth to him, he did not tell him that he must get his feet fixed first. Mephibosheth was lame and crippled, just as we were lame and crippled by sin. Yet David called him to himself just as he was.

    It is nice to see that as these two sat at the king’s table, David did not even mention Mephibosheth’s crippled feet. It seems he never even brought it up. No, their conversations were not about how weak Mephibosheth was at all. I believe they were too busy talking about how great and mighty Jonathan was and how much they both loved him.

    It’s comforting to know that when we sit at the King’s table one day, He isn’t going to be staring at our own lame feet, either. We won’t be even talking about our own weaknesses and infirmities at all, but about the One for Whom the King has loved us and on Whose behalf has shown us kindness.

    Thanks for this beautiful post, Ben, God bless you.

    In Christ,



  2. Thank you for that comment. What a wonderful thought- He doesn’t look at our lame feet when we sit at His table. I had never thought of it that way before, but what a great thought it is.
    In Christ,


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