Many times we have to read the Old Testament looking beyond the history to that which God is saying to us today. Such a story is in 2 Samuel 9: “David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” David was the king on the throne; in this story he is the type of God the Father. “And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba?

 

And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him?

And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.” Underline those words, lame on his feet. He was crippled, unable to help himself.

“And the king said unto him, Where is he?” Circle those words.

It is the king asking the question, “Where is he?” “And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir,” and the key words here are “in Lodebar.” Circle that word Lodebar. “Then king David sent, and fetched him.” It is Old English; that is a beautiful word for salvation: you all have been fetched. “Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir…from Lodebar. Now when Mephibosheth,” that is his name; circle it. “Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence.”

 

Now, you who know your Bible know that Saul typified this world; he ruled the kingdom that God intended David to rule. For a long time David didn’t really become the king, but now he is king in fact, and he sends out this message asking if there is any of the house of Saul left.

Why is he asking that question? Long before he became king in fact, in that familiar story when he was hunted in the woods by Saul, Jonathan went to him and they two made a covenant in the woods together. In this covenant, David promised to show kindness to the descendants of Jonathan. So the action of David is based upon a covenant made with another long ago. Now Mephibosheth will become the beneficiary of that covenant previously made; and for the sake of another, the king “sent, and fetched him.”