Redeeming Mephibosheth

2 Samuel 9:6–10 (ESV)

6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”
9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.

Imagine yourself in the place of Mephibosheth. You belong to the bloodline of Saul, a vanquished king who was bent on destroying David, and now David, as king, has summoned you. The scenarios play out in your mind that nothing good can come of this, and that you are likely about to face your death. Mephibosheth boards the chariot, quite confident of his demise.

Yet the story does not play out that way. David keeps his promise to Jonathan and Saul that he would not destroy their descendants (1 Samuel 20:14–17, 42; 24:21–22), something that was in stark contrast to what would usually happen when dynasties change. Not only does Mephibosheth keep his life, his household is restored and he is offered to always sit at the king’s table.

In the graciousness of King David displayed here, we can see a prefiguration of the grace of Christ bestowed on us through His sacrifice.

There are likely many among us who have similar fears about God that Mephibosheth had about David. We think we are beyond redemption and that if we were to face Him, He would simply annihilate us for the evil we have perpetrated. We feel unworthy of love. But just as Mephibosheth’s fears were unfounded, so are ours when it comes to reconciliation with our Father.

It is not the desire of God that anyone perish (2 Peter 3:9), yet He knows there will be those who reject Him. See the Gospel in this story of Mephibosheth. In meekness and concession, Mephibosheth comes before the king, believing himself unworthy to live, yet grace not only saves his life but restores him to full glory by seating him at the table of the king.

Mephibosheth accepted his inheritance. We also have an inheritance as adopted heirs of God (Romans 8:17) and He is waiting for you to accept this free gift. Let today be that day.