Today, let’s learn a lesson about the grace of God through the story of David and Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth became crippled after his father, Jonathan and his grandfather, Saul, died and now lived like an outcast. One day, David, now king, went out looking for him. Mephibosheth was afraid to see the king and we can truly understand his reasons: first, Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, had every reason to expec…t that the wrath and judgment of King David would fall upon him. He was the grandson of King Saul, and the nephew of Ishbosheth, both David’s enemies and Mephibosheth must have heard the story at least once; secondly, most kings of the time would try to wipe out the families of their rivals to prevent any descendants from seeking the throne. But here, David was looking for Mephibosheth to show kindness and remain faithful to his words to Mephibosheth’s father, Jonathan.
My brother, my sister, this story talks to us about how the grace of God functions: the way David treats Mephibosheth does not only show us his integrity as a leader, but it teaches us that the grace we receive is undeserved because we deserve it because of the deeds of someone else.
My friend, David’s kindness is read as a parable of the amazing grace of God that saves unworthy sinner because David was gracious to Mephibosheth for the sake of another – JONATHAN. God is gracious to us today for the sake of another – JESUS. Just like Mephibosheth, all we deserve is death, but just like the king looked at for Mephibosheth to offer him grace, God is the one coming to us, calling us to receive His amazing grace because of the infinite and unconditional love of Jesus for us. Therefore, let’s not take this grace for granted. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.