Tag: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Extravagant grace

Scripture reading for March 27: 2nd Samuel 8-10

2 Samuel 9:6-7 “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.” 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 you father, and you shall eat at my table always.”

David was a warrior and strong man of God.  He was always ready to fight the Lord’s battles and sought the Lord for most of his battles.  He had been involved in a struggle for leadership of the nation following the death of Saul and Jonathan, his friend.  God had brought David victory over Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth.  Now David was king, and one of the first acts of his rulership was to seek out any relatives of Saul or Jonathan that he might show kindness to based on his covenant promise to Jonathan. (2nd Samuel 9:1)

One son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth, was still around and he was crippled in both feet from a fall.  David sent for Mephibosheth and greeted him warmly.  He restored all his grandfather’s land and property and placed Ziba, his servant, in charge to work the ground for him.  He gave Mephibosheth a seat at the king’s table like one of David’s own sons! (2nd Samuel 9:7)   This covenant kindness from King David towards a rival was unprecedented.

King David’s actions are much like that of our gracious God!  God honors those who are in covenant relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.  When we are crippled because of sin, He takes us into His house and seats us as one of His own sons.  He restores our property to us and lavishes us with blessing and restoration.  (2nd Corinthians 5:17) We have this amazing kindness and mercy that we can never repay!

Is there someone that you can show kindness towards today? How has God’s covenant mercy affected you ability to forgive those who have wronged you? Can you show mercy for Jesus’ sake?

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