Following Chapter 9 of 2 Samuel is a picture of the kindness like God by King David on a Man named Mephibosheth who is a last family member of his enemy. He is living far away from Jerusalem. He is living his life in misery and hiding himself if the King David know about him may be he will killed by the King's order.
But King David called Mephibosheth who is crippled in both feet, and blessed him. King David treated him like sons of King. Mephibosheth talk with King like a very guilty person and said, I am no better than a dead dog. This way Mephibosheth backed in Jerusalem and always takes food from the table of King. Here all kindness on Mephibosheth due to his father's noble works with King David. Now Mephibosheth is not living an un-identical life but honorable life in front of King. Now he is like a son of King.
Here if we think carefully are we not living an un-identical life in sins. Are we not the enemies of God as sinner? We honored and blessed by God all the time but we ignore all due to our own wrong works and ignorant. Is God not calling us every week to come and raise our hands for taking body and blood of Jesus? This is not we do in memory of Jesus who is the real son of God. When we eat from holy table, which is the real reflection of King's table we do not like God's sons. If we live far away in a valley of sins, Jesus called back us in God's home.
If King David who is a human being like us, is showing kindness like God to an enemy why we do not believe on God who is the creator of King David. How God is kind on us. How God blessed us than King David. We should understand the reality of participating in table of God and evil. We were sinner but God forgive us and give another chance to live with God in God's home. Should we lose this chance? This is all possible if we leave our sinful life and understand spiritual voice in our own hearts simply.
1David asked, "Is there any person still left in Saul's family? I want to show kindness to this person. I want to do it for Jonathan." 2There was a servant named Ziba from Saul's family. David's servants called Ziba to David. King David said to Ziba, "Are you Ziba?" Ziba said, "Yes, I am your servant Ziba." 3The king said, "Is there any person left in Saul's family? I want to show God's kindness to this person." Ziba said to King David, "Jonathan has a son still living. He is crippled in both feet." 4The king said to Ziba, "Where is this son?" Ziba said to the king, "He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar." 5Then King David sent some of his officers to Lo Debar to bring Jonathan's son from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. 6Jonathan's son Mephibosheth came to David, and bowed with his face low to the floor. David said, "Mephibosheth?" Mephibosheth said, "Yes sir, it is I, your servant Mephibosheth." 7David said to Mephibosheth, "Don't be afraid. I will be kind to you. I will do this because of your father Jonathan. I will give back to you all of the land of your grandfather Saul. And you will always be able to eat at my table." 8Mephibosheth bowed to David again. Mephibosheth said, "I am no better than a dead dog, but you are being very kind to me." 9Then King David called Saul's servant Ziba. David said to Ziba, "I have given Saul's family and everything he owns to your master's grandson (Mephibosheth). 10You will farm the land for Mephibosheth. Your sons and servants will do this for Mephibosheth. You will harvest the crops. Then your master's grandson (Mephibosheth) will have plenty of food to eat. But Mephibosheth, your master's grandson, will always be able to eat at my table." Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants. 11Ziba said to King David, "I am your servant. I will do everything that my lord the king commands." So Mephibosheth ate at David's table like one of the king's sons. 12Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. All the people in Ziba's family became Mephibosheth's servants. 13Mephibosheth was crippled in both feet. Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem. Every day Mephibosheth ate at the king's table. (2 Samuel 9, 1-13)
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