Most kings in David’s day tried to wipe out the family of their rivals in order to prevent any descendants from seeking the throne. David showed kindness to Mephibosheth, whose father was Jonathan and whose grandfather was King Saul. David showed kindness; to Gods previously anointed king; political reasons-to unite Judah and Israel; and to keep his vow he made to show kindness to all of Jonathan’s descendants (Samuel 20:14-17).
Verse 3 – How Mephibosheth became crippled is recorded in 4:4. Mephibosheth was five years old when Saul and Jonathan died.
Verses 5, 6 – When God graciously offers us forgiveness of sin and a place in heaven, we may feel unworthy, but we will receive these gifts if we accept them. None of us deserves this gift, but trusting in and through Jesus Christ, we receive this promise (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
Verse 7 – David shows integrity when he was kind to Mephibosheth. His generous provision for Jonathan’s son goes beyond any political benefit he might have received. Each time we show compassion, our character is strengthened.