Day 98: Unnecessary kindness (2 Sam. 6-10)

Posted: July 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “Your servant,” he replied. “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.) Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons. Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. 2 Sam. 9: 6-12

David had every earthly reason to want to wipe put every man in Saul’s line from the face of the planet. He was chased relentlessly by Saul, who tried to have him killed. He took his wife, Michal, from him. Saul hated David until the very day he died. But now the tables were turned. David was on the throne, and Saul’s grandson, Mephibosheth, a son of Jonathan (David’s BFF, by the way), was brought to the palace. If David wanted to, he could have wiped him out then and there, ending Saul’s line forever.

But what’s this? Kindness. David blessed Mephibosheth (let’s call him Mephi for short!), inviting him to eat at the king’s table and assigning people to work his fields because he was crippled in both feet. There was no logical reason why David would be so kind to the family who tried to murder him. Except for one thing – God transcends the logic of man. With God’s love, David was able to show mercy, kindness and love, what many on earth at the time would have deemed “unneccessary kindness.” I can see them now, throwing their penalty flags all over the palace, crying foul.

“What? Are you kidding me? After all Saul’s family has done to him, he’s not only going to let it slide, but he’s going to treat Mephi like a son? Is he mental?”

What a show of compassion! If only I could be so generous to those who have wronged me! Forgiveness can be a tough thing, especially if it means outward kindness toward a person who has wronged us. It goes against everything in our human nature to swallow our pride, forgive and forget, and move on. For David, not only did he move on, he moved forward on a new path!

This story is a great setup for what will eventually happen through David’s descendent, Jesus Christ. Like Mephi, we approach Jesus’ throne like “a dead dog,” undeserving, unworthy. But through His grace and mercy, we are brought into His kingdom, sons and daughters of God, able to enjoy His glory forever and ever! Amen! David shows a great example of Christ’s love for us “unworthy” sinners, welcomes Mephi to the family and loves him like a son.

Today, follow David’s example, and more importantly, Christ’s example. If there is someone in your life, a “Mephi” you feel is “undeserving” or “unworthy” of your love or forgiveness, show them unnecessary kindness today, and see how God blesses you!

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