These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson
10. God’s love, grace, mercy, and salvation
It was common in those days for the new king to completely destroy the former king and his family.
Especially in this case, where Saul tried to kill David every chance he got.
Based on the law of Moses, Mephibosheth had a defect. If he was a Levite, he could not serve because he would desecrate the sanctuary.
But a Levite with a defect could “eat the food of his God.”
David displayed God’s kindness to Mephibosheth and said, “you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” (2 Samuel 9:7 NLT)
He may eat the food of his God, both the most holy and the holy, but because of his defect he must not go near the curtain or approach the Altar. It would desecrate my Sanctuary. I am God who makes them holy. (Leviticus 21:22-23 MSG)
Although I probably heard someone mention this before, right now, I have tears in my eyes thinking how this applies to me. I know I have defects. I’m not crippled, but I’m so aware of my weaknesses and faults. I’m also over the age of 50.
Yet no matter how old we are, how physically, mentally, intellectually, emotionally, financially, educationally, vocationally, relationally crippled we feel, God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemy who’s whispering, “you aren’t worthy to be here.”
11. David shows grace and mercy to Mephibosheth.
- David did not condemn or despise Mephibosheth.
- Mephibosheth had no reason to fear David.
- David didn’t ask Mephibosheth to prove his worth or do anything to earn mercy.
- David restored Mephibosheth as a royal heir and treated him like a son by inviting him to eat at his table.
12. I experienced God’s love, grace, and mercy this morning.
I am so thankful that I am “washed, I am sanctified, I am justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV) Hallelujah!
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (Psalm 23:5-6 ESV)