Our Bible Timeline series continues today at Ottery St Mary Parish Church at 11.15.
How do you think David responded when he heard the news that Saul, the King who was determined to kill him, was dead? If someone were trying to kill you for several years, would you be glad that he was no longer a threat to your life? Would you be happy that you were safe at last? Today in Explore we are going to study how David responded when he heard that Saul and Jonathan were dead.
Shortly after David became king, he remembered his covenant with Jonathan to show kindness to his family. David promised Jonathan that he would show loving kindness to his family forever (1 Samuel 20:14-17). David vowed to Saul that he would not kill any of the children that came after him (1 Samuel 24:21-22). Now that Saul and Jonathan were dead, and David was king, it would have been easy for David to forget his commitment. But David not only remembered his commitment to Saul, he went far beyond it.
David asked, “Is anyone left from the royal house of Saul? If there is, I want to be kind to him because of Jonathan.” – 2 Samuel 9:1
Mephibosheth had not done anything to earn the kindness and blessing he received from David. David did not bless Mephibosheth because of anything he had done. These blessings were freely given to him as a gift. And they were a gift that he could never repay.
Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Those blessings come from the heavenly world. They belong to us because we belong to Christ.