2 Samuel 4:4; 9; 16:1-4; 20:24-30
Daniel 9:8-10; Ephesians 2:1-9; 1 Samuel 20:13-17
I preached a sermon recently at Atmosphere on this guy–
Grandson of Saul, thus, the sworn enemy of David, crippled in both feet, but spared by David’s mercy and compassion in regards to a promise to Jonathan.
There are just some key things that I think we should all remember when we are looking at Mephibosheth.
Like us, he is crippled, unable to get to where he wants to go. Ours however is a spiritual lameness, we cannot improve on our sorry state.
He is also the enemy of the king, thus ill-deserving of David’s grace. In the same way, we are so very ill-deserving of God’s grace. It is as if we have pushed Him over and robbed Him and yet it is still within His will to forgive.
He has done nothing to deserve mercy from his enemy (2 Samuel 9:8, “What is your servant that you would show regard for a dead dog such as I?”). So, we have done nothing, and nothing is acceptable to God in that sense. But it is by Grace we have been saved, not by works so that we cannot boast.
The reason David spares the life of Mephibosheth is because of a promise to Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20:13-17. God promised a deliverer early on… He finally came in the person of Christ who, like David, condescended Himself to carry His people to the table that we are ill-deserving to be at and unable to obtain.
Lastly, we, like Mephibosheth, must be at the point where we can realize how sinful we really are, and how amazing it is that the grace of God would reach out to us at all. Consider what C.J. Mahaney says in the book Living the Cross Centered Life:
Only those who are truly aware of their sin can truly cherish grace.
Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found.
Was blind, but now, I see