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2 Today: well be studying the story of David acting in mercy toward Sauls grandson Mephibosheth

3 Remember a time when someone showed you mercy...

4 What did it feel like to receive it?

5 Remember a time when you showed mercy to someone...

6 What did it feel like to offer it? Was there a difference?

7 The word hesed is used three times in the first paragraph of the passage we are studying today...

8 Hesed = loving-kindness, faithfulness, never-ending affection Most often referred to in relation to God.

9 But Gods notions of mercy, dont seem to make a lot of sense to us--especially when Gods mercy falls upon those who dont seem to deserve it...

10 The Willingness to Show Mercy is a Sign of the Strange, Appalling, Loving- Kindness of God.

11 2 Samuel 9 1 David asked, Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathans sake? 2 Now there was a servant of Sauls household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, Are you Ziba? At your service, he replied. 3 The king asked, Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show Gods kindness? house of Saul JonathanZiba

12 Ziba answered the king, There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet. 4 Where is he? the king asked. Ziba answered, He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar. 5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. 6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, Mephibosheth! At your service, he replied.Lo DebarKing David

13 7 Dont be afraid, David said to him, for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table. 8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me? 9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Sauls steward, and said to him, I have given your masters grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.

14 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your masters grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table. (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.) 11 Then Ziba said to the king, Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.

15 So Mephibosheth ate at Davids[a] table like one of the kings sons. 12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Zibas household were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the kings table; he was lame in both feet.

16 Setting the Scene

17 David had sword to show hesed to Jonathans family

18 In order to show hesed his very throne would be put in jeopardy.

19 In spite of the threat, he desires to keep his promise.

20 Who was Mephibosheth?

21 Jonathans son, Sauls grandson and the heir to the throne

22 Was crippled at the age of 5, fleeing from Philistine

23 Had been hiding under the protection of Saulide loyalists

24 Imagine what he was feeling...

25 He would have been terrified to be summoned to court

26 When he threw himself at the feet of David it would have been horribly painful

27 He calls himself a dead dog (a term David knew well)

28 David entered into Jerusalem dancing, he enters with a limp

29 Davids Response

30 Restores Mephibosheths lands and income

31 Treats him as if he was his own son.

32 He eats at the kings table for the rest of his life.

33 So what do we do this story?

34 [Christian scholars, artists have always seen Jesus & Us]

35 It issues both a reminder and a challenge

36 Reminder... Mercy is the foundation of Gods relationship with us.

37 It reminds us what God is like, and what he prefers


39 A Shakespearean Moment, Prithee...

40 The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty,

41 Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice.

42 Challenge...

43 Mercy is the power to show Gods loving kindness to those who appear not to deserve it.

44 It challenges us to act with mercy even when its not in our best interests to do so.

45 A Lord Of The Rings Moment...

46 The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matt 18:21-35)

47 The guy owed 20 years of a day laborers wages

48 He was owed a days wages

49 Jesus response: (verse 35)

50 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.

51 The Willingness to Show Mercy is a Sign of the Strange, Appalling, Loving- Kindness of God.


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