Mephibosheth -- An Example Of Inheritance

Having subdued his enemies in 2 Samuel 8:1-18, we now see King David turning his attention to personal matters. David’s closest friend was Jonathan, the son of Saul. The Scripture bears witness to vows made between David and Jonathan. Jonathan asked that David “…not only show me the kindness of the LORD while I still live, that I may not die; but you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when the LORD has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.” (1 Samuel 20:14-15).

In view of this vow he had made, David inquires, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1). It appears that David did not know of Mephibosheth. When he was five years of age, word came of his father Jonathan’s death. Out of concern for the child’s safety, “…his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell and became lame.” (2 Samuel 4:4). At the time of David’s inquiry, Mephibosheth was dwelling “…in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.” (2 Samuel 9:4).

Among the first words David speaks to Mephibosheth are:

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Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets


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