2 Samuel 9 has to be the best illustration of grace in the Old Testament. Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son. He was dropped as a kid while trying to escape after his dad and grandpa were killed in battle. He hid in exile as a crippled guy, hoping no one would find him and take his life as he was a legitimate heir to the throne.
David, the king, seeks him out and restores him to his possessions and allows him to eat at the king’s table. David tells him to consider himself to be one of his own sons.
There are many correlations with Mephibosheth and people. We were hurt in a fall. We hid ourselves, God came and found us. He could have killed us instead, he blessed us and made us his sons.
But the most interesting and profound verse of the chapter is the last one, “Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet.” Even though Meph was blessed and given a great position, he was still Meph and he was still lame.
Even though grace has given us a great position in Christ, we still have the flesh (Romans 7) and we still have the groanings and sufferings of the world (Romans 8). We’re still lame because only if we see our weakness can we see the beauty of grace.
A day will come when all our problems dealing with life on this earth will end and we will be with our Creator in perfection. Mephibosheth is there and I can’t wait to join him. That is our hope and joy. It truly is amazing.