[PARENTS: Sometimes places and names in the Bible can be hard to pronounce, they are not commonly used today. Here is a link to help you with Mephibosheth's name and other words you may come across
Do: Watch this video about David and Mephibosheth and read the following passage from 2 Samuel
David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “At your service,” he replied. The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.” “Where is he?” the king asked. Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.” So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied. “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.) Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my Lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons. Mephibosheth had a young son named Mika, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.
2 Samuel 9:1-13 NIV
Ask: Why do you think the relationship between David and Mephibosheth was so interesting?
Discuss: It is important to remember that in David's time anyone who was related to a former king could try to take the crown from the new king. They could claim it as their birthright. This is what makes this story even more special. David could have feared that Mephibosheth would become his enemy and take back the kingdom of Israel and Mephibosheth could have feared for his life, that David would harm him to ensure his place as king. But that isn't what happened, David looked past everything Mephibosheth's grandfather King Saul had done against David and brought him into his family like another son.
[Don't forget to read this week's verse and Point together, if your child is old enough to read, take turns reading to each other]
Bonus: David's Story/Our Life
Ask: What is grace?
Discuss: Grace can be defined as good will, loving kindness and favor. We receive from God thru belief in Jesus' resurrection, the ultimate undeserved gift of grace. And this gift is for everyone. Paul explained this in his letter to Rome and to Titus. Read these verses together
'Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when
he freed us from the penalty for our sins. '
Romans 3:24 https://my.bible.com/bible/116/ROM.3.24
'For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. '
Titus 2:11 https://my.bible.com/bible/116/TIT.2.11
David showed Mephibosheth undeserved grace when he "gave him a seat at his table" and took care of him. Jesus did this for everyone of us and he tells us to do this for everyone else, not just friends or people we know really well.
This means everyone deserves to be shown love and grace.
Has there ever been a time where someone did this for you, or maybe you showed someone love and kindness even if they didn't necessarily deserve it?