2 Samuel 9:1-13..1 Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”… 3 The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.”…5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.
David and Jonathan had made a covenant of the Lord for each other. A Jonathan had helped David escape with his life from Saul; knowing David was to be the next king of Israel and not him. Saul and 3 of his sons were killed in battle; David had become king of all Israel and now was at rest with the Lord. He remembered his covenant with Jonathan and tried to find someone that he could “show the kindness of God” to that would fulfill his covenant commitment.
There was a son of Jonathan living east of the Sea of Galilee in a Gentile town; probably in hiding for his life. David sent for him and did not punish Machir for sheltering Mephibosheth. Machir was later loyal to David, helping him during the dark days of the war with his son Absalom B.
When we show grace, we are like God, who first showed grace to us. This scripture reminds us that we have an obligation to share grace with others. Just as there was a covenant between David and Jonathan; there are commitments that bind Disciples and others together today. Jesus said “love your neighbor…and your enemies and pray for those who persecute you: C. The loyalty of Machir to David shows that we may someday need the kindness that we have shown to others.
Henry Luke 7/7/2018