2 Samuel 8-9/1 Chronicles 18: Kindness

The fruit of the Spirit includes kindness. As we journey with David today, we find him showing kindness to Mephibosheth (which has got to be, in my opinion, one of the coolest names in the Old Testament). Mephibosheth is the son of Jonathan and the grandson of Saul, and the reason David showed kindness to him is because he had made a vow to Jonathan and to Saul not to raise his hand against Saul or is family. Again, all through David’s trials at the hands of Saul, David never once raised his hand against Saul because Saul was God’s chosen leader.

David does three things for Mephibosheth. First, he restores Mephibosheth from Exile on the east side of the Jordan river. He brings him home. Next he restores Misphibosheth’s family fortune to him by giving him all of the land that had belonged to his grandfather Saul. Finally, he bestowed on Miphibosheth the honour of living in the palace. In essence, he became part of David’s own family and David took responsibility for him.

The interesting thing is Mephibosheth’s response to all of this this: he is flabbergasted. He just doesn’t understand why David would do this. As readers of Samuel, we know that David made a promise to Jonathan to care for his family. He shows kindness to Mephibosheth because of Jonathan. Not because of any merit, or worth, or position held by Mephibosheth himself. In fact, as a cripple Mephibosheth was considered less than a man. But David shows him kindness anyways.

In this way this story of Mephibosheth is a bit of a picture of how God treats us because of Jesus. God shows us kindness because of Jesus, not because we earn it or deserve it or are even worth it. We are adopted into his family because of Jesus. We are all Mephibosheth.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture?  What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now?  Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Psalm 50, 53, 60, 75

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