Text: “And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” – 2 Samuel 9:1.
Comment: The statement was made by King David in furtherance of his determination to show gratitude for the extra-ordinary love which Jonathan the eldest son of Saul showed to him. (1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:2; 20:1-42) His faith in God was such that having seen that God had appointed David to be the next king of Israel, he put aside his own personal interests as the heir to the throne to submit to the will of the Almighty. He even risked his life for the sake of David, telling him his father’s plans to kill him. Jonathan died however with his father, in the battle with the Philistines at mount Gilboa. – 2 Samuel 1:1-27.
David told Ziba, the steward of Saul that he had given his master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house and that Mephibosheth his master’s son shall eat bread always at his table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.” (2 Samuel 9:9, 10) That was how Mephibosheth, though lame, was made to inherit all that pertained to his grandfather, Saul. The kindness David showed to Mephibosheth is a type of the unmerited favour or grace of God on us in that He “giveth us richly all things to enjoy”. (1 Timothy 6:17). St. Paul wrote, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” – 2 Corinthians 8:9.