A Lesser-Known Person, a Very Familiar Story
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 8,9; 1 Chronicles 18,19; Matthew 21
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Samuel 9:1-13
I would like to begin today with a pop quiz. What do you know about Mephibosheth? If you are anything like me, you might not know a lot about this lesser-known person in the Old Testament. I must admit that I tend to get bogged down with a lot of the names in the OT, so if someone were to ask me that question prior to today I likely would have had to consult my good friend Google. In fact, before today the one thing I could definitively say about Mephibosheth is that spell-check does not recognize his name as a word. Even if you have never heard of Mephibosheth, I can promise that you are going to enjoy his story. Why? Because despite the fact that you may not recognize his name, you have heard this story a million times.
Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and the grandson of King Saul. We first hear about him in 2 Samuel 4:4 when he was five years old. When word came that Saul and Jonathan had been killed, his nurse picked him up to flee but as she did Mephibosheth fell and was crippled in both feet. In today’s key passage, we see him again as a grown man. As the descendant of a former king, Mephibosheth did not have much of a life. He was separated from the new king and the kingdom. He remained in hiding, for fear that King David might want to destroy anyone who had a claim to the throne, but David wanted to show kindness to one of Saul’s descendants and sought out Mephibosheth. When Mephibosheth was brought before David, he was terrified, not knowing what was going to happen to him. To his relief, Mephibosheth was saved from his miserable life by David and was given his inheritance. He did nothing to earn it – it was granted to him freely. All he had to do was accept David’s kindness. David treated Mephibosheth as a son, allowing him to eat with the other sons at the King’s table.
Do you recognize the story? Does it sound familiar? Just as Mephibosheth was separated from the kingdom, today every person on this earth is born separated from God by sin. Fortunately, God seeks us out and wants to show kindness to us through his grace and mercy. More often than not, at first we are afraid to come to God. We do not know exactly what will happen or if we will even be welcomed, but God welcomes us with open arms. We are saved from a miserable life and given an inheritance in Heaven when we accept God’s free gift of salvation. The price for sin has been paid by the blood of Jesus Christ. All we must do is accept God’s free gift through faith in His Son. When we do, we are treated like sons and daughters, and we are given a seat at God’s table for eternity.
If you already knew the story of Mephibosheth, my hat is off to you. If you did not know it, now you do. Perhaps you know others who do not know the story. Perhaps you have friends, neighbors, or colleagues who have never heard it. Share the story of Mephibosheth and ultimately the story of God’s free gift of salvation with someone today. You just might save a life.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.