By David Wong, Singapore
So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. —2 Samuel 9:5 (nlt)
After Ziba revealed to King David that Jonathan had a crippled son who is still alive, instead of rejecting him due to his handicap, David accepted Mephibosheth and asked for his location. We pick up the story in verse 5, where King David sent for Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, to be brought to him. David did not sit still and wait for Mephibosheth to come to him. David actively sought and brought him in.
There are a few hindrances that prevent Mephibosheth from coming before David. Firstly, David is the king of Israel. Mephibosheth could not simply walk into the presence of the king. Secondly, as the grandson of David’s biggest enemy Saul, and the nephew of Ish-bosheth (guy who fought David for the kingdom of Israel after Saul’s death cf. 2 Sam. 2-4), by these associations, it would naturally make him an enemy of David. However, these obstacles were cleared by David’s acceptance of Mephibosheth (v.4).
Yet another hindrance remains: Mephibosheth is crippled. Even if the way into the king’s presence is open, there is no way Mephibosheth could walk in on his own. His handicap prevented him from entering into that presence. However, the king did not leave Mephibosheth to do it on his own. David sought him out and brought him into his presence.
This is a beautiful picture of God’s redemptive work. God not only makes it possible through the death of Jesus Christ to reconcile us to Himself (Eph. 2:16), God actually brings us in. Like Mephibosheth, a few things hinder us from drawing close to God. As sinners, we cannot simply walk into God’s presence. We would be consumed by His holiness and wrath. But God clears the way by offering Jesus to take the sin punishment on our behalf and to satisfy His wrath against us.
And like Mephibosheth, there is no way we can approach God on our own. When the Good News is presented to us, without illumination from the Holy Spirit, “the message of the cross is foolish to [us]” (1 Cor. 1:18). We are naturally blind to the gospel because “the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News” (2 Cor. 4:4).
God pursued us and brought us to Himself. We read in Ephesians 2:4-5 “But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.” God made us alive when we were dead (and dead people can do nothing). He sought us out!
What we could not do, God did. God brought us close. So cherish and praise our awesome and gracious God for all that He has done for us! He made the way, and enabled us to draw near. Praise the Lord!