Who is Mephibosheth and why does his tiny part in the Bible warrant a closer look?
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Dave: In the Bible there was a young guy named David…
Jeff: David eventually becomes very famous, and King Saul hates him for it. He
even tries to kill David!
Dave: Nevertheless, Saul eventually dies and David becomes King.
Jeff: If things went as usual, David, the new king, would take over and kill all the
relatives of Saul for vengeance and protection.
Dave: But David does something different… He finds one of Saul’s relatives named
Mephibosheth, and invites him to his own home.
Jeff: 2 Samuel 9:11 says that Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the
Dave: David basically treated the person who should have been his enemy as
Jeff: Jesus also teaches us to love our enemy.
Dave: That’s right, in Matthew 5:43-45he said, “43 “You have heard that it was
said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you: Love your
enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your
Father in heaven.”
Jeff: Here’s a challenge for you today: Find a person who you have every right to
consider an enemy, and invite them to your home as a friend.