Out of the Spotlight (Week 5): “A Dead Dog at the King’s Table”

Cameron Sapaugh, Guest Speaker – 2 Samuel 9:1-13

This week, Redemption Bible Church continues the “Out of the Spotlight” sermon series, the study of several less well-known characters in the Bible. Cameron Sapaugh teaches us about Mephibosheth, the grandson of King Saul. After Saul’s death, David began to take his rightful place as king. David shows mercy to his enemy when none was required of him. Because of his position as a son of Saul, Mephibosheth deserved death, and yet, David does the opposite. Not only does he spare Mephibosheth, but David offers him the greatest privilege he could offer—sonship. This poor man, whom the author reminds us is “lame in both feet”, could do nothing to change his dire situation. He couldn’t change who he was; he couldn’t even flee away and save his own life. And yet, the king calls him to himself, forgives him, adopts him, and shares with him everything he has. God has done the same for us. Because of our sin we deserved death and yet, because of God’s grace, we received life—and so much more. We get to eat at the king’s table continually, although we are lame in both feet.