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Title: "From Disability to Dignity"

Text: 2 Samuel 9

'David asked, “Is there anyone remaining from the family of Saul I can show kindness to for Jonathan’s sake?” There was a servant of Saul’s family named Ziba. They summoned him to David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “I am your servant,” he replied. So the king asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family that I can show the kindness of God to?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still Jonathan’s son who was injured in both feet.” The king asked him, “Where is he?” Ziba answered the king, “You’ll find him in Lo-debar at the house of Machir son of Ammiel.” So King David had him brought from the house of Machir son of Ammiel in Lo-debar. Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, fell facedown, and paid homage. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “I am your servant,” he replied. “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “since I intend to show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all your grandfather Saul’s fields, and you will always eat meals at my table.” Mephibosheth paid homage and said, “What is your servant that you take an interest in a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Saul’s attendant Ziba and said to him, “I have given to your master’s grandson all that belonged to Saul and his family. You, your sons, and your servants are to work the ground for him, and you are to bring in the crops so your master’s grandson will have food to eat. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, is always to eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do all my lord the king commands.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table just like one of the king’s sons. Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. All those living in Ziba’s house were Mephibosheth’s servants. However, Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem because he always ate at the king’s table. His feet had been injured.'

2 Samuel 9:1-13

Sermon Notes

“The whole counsel of God is that broad concept that unites and ties together every passage of Scripture so that it relates to overall plan and comprehensive purpose of God revealed in the Scripture by the Holy Spirit in order to magnify Jesus Christ.” - Dr. Robert Smith

The Word on paper exists to exalt and point to the Word made flesh, namely Jesus Christ.

That means that for every New Testament Doctrine, there is an Old Testament Picture.

So even from the beginning David’s life and his kingdom is designed to point to a greater King and a greater Kingdom.

1. His Promised Covenant (2 Samuel 9:1-3)
'David asked, “Is there anyone remaining from the family of Saul I can show kindness to for Jonathan’s sake?” There was a servant of Saul’s family named Ziba. They summoned him to David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “I am your servant,” he replied. So the king asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family that I can show the kindness of God to?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still Jonathan’s son who was injured in both feet.”

2 Samuel 9:1-3

“Love is never stationary in the end. Love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does!” — Bob Goff

“Little children let us not love in word or speech but in action and in truth” - 1 John 3:18

2. His Pathetic Condition (2 Samuel 9:3-5)

'So the king asked, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family that I can show the kindness of God to?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still Jonathan’s son who was injured in both feet.” The king asked him, “Where is he?” Ziba answered the king, “You’ll find him in Lo-debar at the house of Machir son of Ammiel.” So King David had him brought from the house of Machir son of Ammiel in Lo-debar. '

2 Samuel 9:3-5

3. His Purposeful Call (2 Samuel 9:5)

'So King David had him brought from the house of Machir son of Ammiel in Lo-debar. '

2 Samuel 9:5

4. His Pitiful Confession (2 Samuel 9:6a)

'Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, fell facedown, and paid homage.

2 Samuel 9:6a

5. His Particular Communication (2 Samuel 9:6)

'Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, fell facedown, and paid homage. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “I am your servant,” he replied. '

2 Samuel 9:6

6. His Privileged Commendation (2 Samuel 9:7-11)

'Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do all my lord the king commands.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table just like one of the king’s sons. “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “since I intend to show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all your grandfather Saul’s fields, and you will always eat meals at my table.” Mephibosheth paid homage and said, “What is your servant that you take an interest in a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Saul’s attendant Ziba and said to him, “I have given to your master’s grandson all that belonged to Saul and his family. You, your sons, and your servants are to work the ground for him, and you are to bring in the crops so your master’s grandson will have food to eat. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, is always to eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. '

2 Samuel 9:7-11

Walking Points:

  1. If you have never come to relationship with God, this is a beautiful picture of God’s grace and the lengths He will go to make relationship with You possible. We encourage you to turn to God and enter relationship with Him. Talk to to someone about how you can realize this grace in your own life.
  2. If you have come to faith in Jesus, how thankful are you for God’s grace in your life? How well are you sharing the story of His grace over you? Do you share it with your friends? Commit to pray for opportunities to share the grace you’ve received with others.
  3. Maybe your life looks more like Lodebar than the palace these days. How much time do you spend at the King’s table? Often we neglect the marvelous invitation into His presence to come and dine with Him at His word. This is our holy communion. If you don’t spend time with the King, what does that say about the grace that He displayed to make that invitation that you now so consistently reject possible?

Life Group Discussion Questions:

  1. What does the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words mean?"
  2. For every New Testament doctrine there is an Old Testament picture, what doctrine would you think the story of 2 Samuel 9 depicts for us? Why?
  3. How is Mephibosheth’s story like our own story? How does God show us His grace like David showed Mephibosheth grace?
  4. How has sin made us broken and enslaved to fear and incapable of relationship with the King?
  5. What would most kings have done to a disgraced prince? Why? Like David, God showed us grace when we deserved death. How did we deserve death and how did God demonstrate or show HIs loving kindness to us?

You can download the full discussion guide here.