Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 3 Scripture Selection: II Samuel 9-12
Food for Thought: II Sam. 9:1-9
This is a tender story of mercy and compassion. In those days, when someone would over-take a throne and replace the king, all descendants and relatives of the defeated king would be executed to eliminate any opportunity for someone to rise up and claim rights to the throne. And that is what nearly happened in the case of Saul’s descendants. Only one remained, and he was a cripple from the age of five when, during and attack, his nurse, while fleeing with him in her arms, somehow dropped him, leaving him permanently injured (II Sam. 4:4).
Years later, Mephibosheth must have trembled when he was called to go before the king, thinking his time was up. Imagine his relief to know that, not only would his life be spared, but he and his family would forever be provided for and he would always have a place at the table to dine with the king.
That’s what the Lord has done for us. Crippled, rejected, and no hope for a future, the Lord calls us to go before Him. Then, instead of destroying us, He compassionately gives us new life. He doesn’t have to do that; He wants to, because of love. Though we don’t deserve it, now and forevermore we have access to the presence of the King and a position of honor as we are given a place at His table. The only difference between our story and that of Mephibosheth is that he remained a cripple and would always bear in his body his pathetic condition and a reminder of the past. We, on the other hand, when we answer the call of Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Savior, become a new creation (creature) with a new spirit, and the old things pass away. We are completely restored and made new from within (II Cor. 5:17). We are born again! (See John 3:3 and I Pet. 1:23.)
It is a good idea once in a while to look back on what Jesus has done for us and really take note of the new position we have in Him. This beautiful allegory of our relationship with the Lord helps us gain a better appreciation of the depth of the love, compassion, and mercy that He has shown us. How blessed we are!
P.S. There is a song which beautifully depicts this scene from II Samuel 9:1-9 called “Carried to the Table” sung by Leeland. If someone would do their technical “magic” and include it here, it would be great.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):