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If a person is going to follow Jesus, he or she is eventually going to have to wrestle with the BIble's teaching on generosity. God wants us to be generous people; and while generosity sounds good in theory, in practice it can be a somewhat difficult virtue to live out.
Mephibosheth was a man "lame in both feet". His physical limitations were symbolic of a life that could accomplish little. But when David seeks him out, he brings him wealth, status, and makes him family. A "loser" is transformed by an unexpected deposit of grace. And we can be changed by that same, counter-intuitive concept of grace as well.
Mephibosheth is a name that we can hardly pronounce, let alone connect with on a deep level! In this message, however, we realize that Mephibosheth's story is really OUR story. In this message, Rev. Rick Hunter reminds us that, through Jesus the greater David, we have been carried to a table of God's grace!
I. The way of the world. II. The way of a man under God. III. The way of God.
Mephibosheth is first named in the Bible through parentheses. His introduction and significance are told as side-notes (2 Samuel 4:4). But later on, King David summons this crippled son of Jonathan and teaches him that grace can never be earned, just taken. It's not just a story about Mephibosheth, it's a story about our lives too.