“Is there anyone deserving of kindness?” This is the question King David asks his advisors after his throne has been established over Israel. And the answer is, “Yes!”
In this story from 2 Samuel 9:1-12 David is remembering his friendship with Jonathan, the son of the previous Monarch, King Saul. David is wondering if there is anyone left from Jonathan’s family that he can provide for despite the decline of Saul and Jonathan’s family years earlier.
As readers, we anticipate that King David’s agenda will be strengthening his throne, perhaps expanding the kingdom, or preparing his children to take over leadership. The last thing King David should want to do is bring potential enemies into the royal court. However, Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, is not only welcomed to the palace, he is welcomed to King David’s own meal table.
According to Google, compassion is “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.” However, in this story, King David is not merely being compassionate, he is acting like God! King David is looking out for the good of Mephibosheth, providing for him, and showing him love knowing fully that he will never be able to repay the kindness.
On Sunday, we will dive even deeper into this beautiful story of compassionate love, and we will also see how God reaches out to us like King David reached out to Mephibosheth. And, that God’s reaching is even more perfect, even less conditional, even more radical. God does not just put his food on the table for us, God put his own son in our lives so that we could know God truly, intimately, and fully.
Join us this Sunday morning at Glendale Church of the Brethren at 10:45am to learn about compassion, and to learn more about God.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.