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After the death of Saul and his two sons, David was the anointed King of Israel. He asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Ziba, Saul’s servant said, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.”

David had Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth brought to him. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “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.”

Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” (2 Samuel 9:1-8)


During the time David reigned in Israel, crippled people were considered outcasts, but the king brought Mephibosheth into his royal home as one of his own family. Ziba and his family farmed the land that once belonged to Saul, and they harvested the crops to provide for Mephibosheth.

We are all outcasts before God until we experience His amazing love. None of our good deeds could win our Lord’s favor. All of them are as filthy rags without the love of Jesus. Our sinful nature blocks the way for us to be in relationship with a holy God. Yet Jesus took away our sin when he died on the cross. He rose from the grave to give us eternal life, abundant life and a seat at the royal table forever.


Thank you, Lord, for making a way for us to be a part of your family forever. Help us to believe and to live in light of your mercy and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.