TODAY’S READING: II SAMUEL 9-12
David’s kindness to Mephibosheth; the defeat of the Ammonites and Syrians; David’s sin with Bathsheba; Nathan’s parable and David’s repentance; the death of David and Bathsheba’s baby; the birth of Solomon.
HIGHLIGHTS & INSIGHTS:
In chapter 9, God gives us an incredible picture of salvation through the account of David’s blessing upon Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son.
Mephibosheth beautifully portrays all of us in our lost condition. Note the similarities:
1) He was born into a rejected family (Saul’s – I Sam. 15:23, 26) due
We, too, were born into a rejected family (Adam’s – Rom 15:12) due
to sin. Note that his location when David sought him was Machir,
which means “sold.” When God sought us, Rom. 7:14 says we
were “sold under sin.”
2) He was unable to walk due to a fall (II Sam. 4:4). We, too, were
unable to walk due to the Fall that crippled us spiritually. We
were unable to walk and to please God.
3) He lived in a land called Lodebar (9:3).
The significance is that Lodebar means “no pasture.” In our lost
condition, we, too, lived in a faminous land of barrenness (i.e.
the world), which provided “no pasture.” (i.e. Nothing to satisfy
the hunger of our souls.)
Next, note David who beautifully portrays the Lord Jesus Christ in providing our salvation:
1) David made the first move (9:1). Just as Mephibosheth was unable
to make the first “step” toward David because of his lameness, we,
too, were unable to make the first step in seeking the Lord (Rom.
2) David extended this grace to Mephibosheth because of a covenant he
had made with Jonathan (I Sam. 20:14-17). We, too, have been
extended the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ because of what
Hebrews 13:20-21 calls “the everlasting covenant.”
3) It was an act of David’s kindness (I Sam. 20:15). In fact, in II
Samuel 9:3, David calls it “the kindness of God.” Titus 3:4-6
says, “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour
toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have
done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us
abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;”
4) David made him a part of his own family. Like all of us when we
came to the Lord for salvation, Mephibosheth simply sought to be
David’s servant, but he made him a son! Hallelujah! “Behold what
manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God”! (I John 3:1)
5) David provided for Mephibosheth’s every need and exceeded his
needs (9:9-10). David took Mephibosheth from the place of “no
pasture,” to feeding him at the table of the very king himself!
Likewise, the Lord Jesus Christ took us out of the barrenness of
our life, to meeting our every need (Phil. 4:19), and exceeding
our every need (II Cor. 9:8, 11).
As we move into chapter 11, we move into the darkest chapter of David’s life. God’s epitaph of David is found in I Kings 15:5 – “David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” Chapter 11 of II Samuel is all about that “matter.” The “matter of Uriah the Hittite” was simply this: David first took his WIFE; then, David took his LIFE!
Something interesting to note about how “the man after God’s own heart” got himself in this unbelievably sinful mess. David said in Psalm 27:4 – “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.”
Note, that “ONE THING” David was seeking after was expressed “THREE” ways.
1) “That I may DWELL in the HOUSE of the LORD.”
2) “To BEHOLD the BEAUTY of the LORD”
3) “To ENQUIRE in his TEMPLE.”
Notice in II Samuel 11, that when David commits this terrible atrocity against the Lord and Uriah.
1) He was DWELLING in his OWN HOUSE (11:1-2)!
2) He was BEHOLDING the BEAUTY of BATHSHEBA (11:3)!
3) He ENQUIRED after the WOMAN (11:4)!
It’s a great lesson about the priority of WORSHIP (the “one thing,” i.e. the “main thing,” and hence, the old adage, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!” Watch out for the depths the flesh can take you when we lose worship as the “one thing”!
Sadly, it takes “the man after God’s own heart” over a year to take ownership of his sin, and then, only when confronted by the prophet Nathan. Nathan assures David that his sin would be forgiven, but that the consequences of it would follow him the remainder of his life (12:10-14). God help us to count the incredible cost of sin, and the terrible atrocity of “giving great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme” (12:14).
CHRIST IS REVEALED:
In the prophet Nathan giving SOLOMON the name JEDIDIAH – II Samuel 12:24-25 – Note: The name “Jedidiah” means “Beloved of the Lord.” (John 17:24; Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Eph. 1:6 – Jesus Christ is the “Beloved of the Lord.”)