Pastor Osborne recently preached a message entitled Eight Analogies of Grace. In that message, from 2 Samuel 9, Pastor looked at the kindness David showed to the last member of Saul’s family – Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. Pastor highlighted Eight Analogies of Grace that we can see from that story.
- There was a time when Mephibosheth enjoyed fellowship with his father – So did humanity in the Garden of Eden.
- When disaster struck, fear came, and Mephibosheth suffered a fall that crippled him the rest of his life. When sin came, humanity suffered a fall, which has left us all spiritually corrupt and crippled.
- Out of unconditional love for his friend, David sought anyone to whom he might extend grace. God, because of His unconditional love for His Son and His acceptance of His Son’s death on the cross, continues to extend His grace to humanity.
- The crippled man was destitute and undeserving. All he could do was accept the kind’s favor. As sinners we are undeserving and without hope. In no way are we worthy of our king’s favor. All we can do is humbly and gratefully accept it.
- The king (David) took the crippled and broken man (Mephibosheth) from the barren wasteland and seated him at the royal banquet table in the palace. God, our Father, has rescued believers from a moral wasteland and seated us in a place of spiritual nourishment and intimacy.
- David adopted the crippled man into his royal family, providing every blessing within the palace. Believers have been adopted into God’s family in which He has provided to us full privileges as adult sons.
- Mephibosheth’s crippled feet were a constant reminder of David’s grace. Our moral feebleness and weaknesses keep us from forgetting that where sin abounds, grace abounds so much more.
- When Mephibosheth sat at the king’s table, he was treated with the same respect as David’s sons. Some day all true believers will sit at the wedding feast of the Lamb. We will sit with the prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors and missionaries from Peter, to Luther, to Calvin, to Moody, to Corrie ten Boom, to Billy Graham. God’s tablecloth of GRACE will cover us all!