Read 2 Samuel 9:1-13
V3 “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?”
David knew his actions reflected God’s goodness. He longed to care for Jonathan’s family as a sign of his love for Jonathan. This act of kindness would demonstrate the kindness of God.
The lame son of Jonathan was found. He was brought to the king. Fearing for his life, he laid faced down before the king.
He had good reason to fear. In those times, when a new king came into power they would kill the children of the former ruler to keep them from trying to regain power.
David quickly assures Jonathan’s son. He says “Don’t fear, I’ll show kindness to you for your father’s sake. I will restore your family land and you will eat bread at my table from now on.”
This was unheard of. One king sparing the children of a former king. But David did more than simply spare him.
- He moved the man to Jerusalem.
- He restored what was taken.
- He ordered servants to work the land on his behalf.
- He commanded him to dine with the king continually.
- This ensured the lame man was cared for the remainder of his life.
- He restored the man’s dignity.
What a beautiful picture of the kindness of God to care for the weak (the lame man)!
Who can you show the kindness of God to today?
Father of kindness, you poured out your kindness on us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we have received from Him, let us share the kindness of God with those we come in contact with. In Jesus’ name, amen.