100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #64 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE — II Samuel 9:1-13
I’m sure that everyone remembers King David. He’s the same David who killed Goliath when he was a young man, and then became the second King of Israel. David was anointed by Samuel to be king while Saul reigned over Israel. This anointing made him a target of King Saul who had a keen hatred for David. This hatred grew to the point where there was open war in Israel between the house of David and the house of Saul.
To complicate matters, Saul’s son, Jonathan was one of David’s best friends and during this time of strife between Saul and David, Jonathan and David made an agreement that they would always look out for each other’s families no matter what happened. The war between David and Saul continued until Saul and all of his sons, including Jonathan, were killed in a battle with the Philistines.
In the days that followed, David was crowned king over all Israel. And as our passage tells us, David soon began to look for one of Jonathan’s family members to show kindness to on account of his friendship with Jonathan. Well, it just so happened that Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth who was lame and who had survived all of the political upheaval and slaughter. (During this time, it was fairly typical for a new royal family to have all the members of an old royal family killed off or sent away in exile so there would be no threats to the throne.)
Today, we are going to look at the story of Mephibosheth, because this obscure Old Testament character gives us a beautiful picture of God’s grace to sinners. As we look at the restoration of Mephibosheth, we’ll see that his story represents what God has done for each of us.
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