Second Samuel 9 Commentary
In any given nation or community, there is only one throne. Thrones are isolated places for honor, power, and authority. Unfortunately, on the list is one unwelcome constant presence: loneliness. You would imagine a blessed and settled David thinking about an all-weather friend in Jonathan. Reminiscing.
“Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
So Mephibosheth comes into the picture again. He is the son of Jonathan but lame in both feet. But that shouldn’t be a problem for David. He remembers the kindness and generosity of his father. And for Jonathan’s sake, Mephibosheth is invited to the palace.
This chapter should be celebrating David’s generosity and humanity. But there is something that doesn’t just sit well: Mephibosheth’s plight. How a prince, born to the heir to the throne, gets to this level is shocking.
Sin has far-reaching consequences. Saul’s sons all suffer because of their father’s ungodliness. Mephibosheth’s life presents us with the wreckage of what once was a royal family.
Seeing Mephibosheth at the King’s table reminds us of how the LORD accepts the repentant sinner for Jesus’ sake. We call it salvation. Like Mephibosheth, you only need to say yes to the invitation.
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