The writer tells us twice that Mephibosheth is lame in both feet. Why is this important? Before the story of Mephibosheth, in 2 Samuel 8, David conquers his strong enemies and their great armies. Still, David’s greatest enemy thus far proved to be the former king, Saul, who sought to kill David, but David refused to kill him because of Saul’s position. If David wanted to finally get revenge against Saul’s family, nothing could signal Mephibosheth’s powerlessness to defend himself against David more than being forgotten, as well as his lame state. Mephibosheth is completely neutered of power. Yet David made a covenant with Jonathan years before to care that they would seek other’s best interests (1 Samuel 18:3). Though we are not told the details of David’s obligations to the covenant, we understand later that he felt obliged to care for Jonathan and his offspring. Mephibosheth, in spite of seeing himself as little more than a dog, is the recipient of David’s lavish kindness and thus, God’s lavish kindness.

Like Mephibosheth we all have things about us, sins or characteristics, that make us feel unworthy of kindness or hope. Yet God has made a covenant to seek our best long before our birth (Ephesians 1:3-10), just like David made a covenant long before Mephibosheth could enjoy its benefits. Now we, like Mephibosheth, look forward to eating at the true King’s table even though we are powerless to protect ourselves from death. Praise be to God for showing us such lavish kindness.