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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, April 12, 2015
How Mephibosheth became crippled is recorded in 2 Sameul 4:41.
Mephibosheth was afraid to visit the king, who wanted to treat him like a prince. Although Mephibosheth feared for his life and may have felt unworthy, that didn’t mean he should refuse David’s gifts. When God graciously offers us forgiveness of sins and a place in heaven, we may feel unworthy, but we will receive these gifts if we accept them. A reception even warmer than the one David gave Mephibosheth waits for all who receive God’s gifts through trusting Jesus Christ, not because we deserve it, but because of God’s promise.
His treatment of Mephibosheth shows David’s integrity as a leader who accepted his obligation to show love and mercy. His generous provision for Jonathan’s son goes beyond any political benefit he might have received. Are you able to forgive those who have wronged you? Can you be generous with those less deserving? Each time we show compassion, our character is strengthened. (NLT)
2 Samuel 9:1-13 – One day David began wondering if anyone in Saul’s family was still alive, for he had promised Jonathan that he would show kindness to them. He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked. “Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.
The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them in any way I can.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive, but he is crippled.” “Where is he?” the king asked. “In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.” So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. His nqqqqqame was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low in great fear and said, “I am your servant.”
But David said, “Don’t be afraid! I’ve asked you to come so that I can be kind to you because of my vow to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the land that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you may live here with me at the palace!”
Mephibosheth fell to the ground before the king. “Should the king show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” he exclaimed.
Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for his family. But Mephibosheth will live here at the palace with me.”
Ziba, who had fifteen sons and twenty servants, replied, ‘Yes, my lord; I will do all that you have commanded.” And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly with David, as though he were one of his own sons. Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. And from then on, all the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants. And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, moved to Jerusalem to live at the palace.
Encourage one another and build each other up. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Vanessa Bruce Ingold (California) titled her story “I AM MEPHIBOSHETH;” here is a portion of her story:
“In some ways, I am Mephibosheth. After being run over by a truck while bike riding, I underwent 18 surgeries, including amputations of all my toes. And like Mephibosheth, I was graced by a King with unmerited favor. God, our King, showed himself to me through Christians of a nearby church. . .”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When we receive God’s grace, we can extend it to others as well.
Prayer: Dear God, by your love’s strength, may we be willing to extend your arms of never-ending grace. Amen.
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1 2 Samuel 4:4 – (Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth, who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when Saul and Jonathan were killed at the Battle of Jezreel. When news of the battle reached the capital, the child’s nurse grabbed him and fled. But she fell and dropped him as she was running, and he became crippled as a result.)
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