David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
9 Then David said, “Is there [a]anyone still left of the house of Saul, so that I could show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they summoned him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 Then the king said, “Is there no one remaining of the house of Saul to whom I could show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan, one who is disabled in both feet.” 4 So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent [b]messengers who brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” 7 Then David said to him, “Do not be afraid, for I will assuredly show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the [c]land of your [d]grandfather Saul; and you yourself shall [e]eat at my table regularly.” 8 Again he prostrated himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should be concerned about a dead dog like me?”
9 Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “Everything that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s [f]grandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson will have food [g]to eat; nevertheless Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, shall [h]eat at my table regularly.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “In accordance with everything that my lord the king commands his servant, so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at [i]David’s table as one of the king’s sons. 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he ate at the king’s table regularly. And he was disabled in his two feet.
Verse 8 shows us a picture that may be familiar to us when we realize that God loves us and wants to make us His children. For all practical purposes, that was what David had done for Mephibosheth. We even see in verse 11 that he “ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons.”
Mephibosheth was not only an enemy of the crown, as a descendant of Saul, but as a cripple he was likely also a bit of an outcast and a beggar. How difficult it must have been to even find someone who would take him in to their house, for he could be nothing but a burden to them, and they risked the wrath of King David if discovered.
So we find ourselves while we are lost in sin. Outcasts, those who should have been children of the King, but estranged by our own sinful desires. Even enemies of the “crown” as we choose our way over God’s ways.
But when we realize that God does not desire to put us to death for our crimes against Him. Rather, that He desires to restore us as His adopted children, it ought to awe and amaze us. Who are we, that the King would take notice of us, and make us His sons and daughters?
It is no small thing, what Jesus has done for us, to reconcile fallen humanity. Let us never take for granted what God’s love has compelled Him to do in order to restore our relationship. He didn’t just send for us and welcome us back to the “house”. Rather, God came down Himself to find and rescue us, and even to pay the price for our rebellion. Jesus made Himself the “dead dog”, so that we could become children of the King.