What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 7; Matthew 23; Ezekiel 9; Psalm 144; 2 Samuel 9
In ancient times, it was customary for a conquering king to kill the entire family of his predecessor. This would be done to ensure that there were not any descendants who could later be used to challenge the King’s right to the throne.
David was not A normal king.
David understood that he had received his kingship by the grace of God. David had refused to take Saul’s life when he had the chance. He had promised Jonathan that he would care for his descendants. Rather than seize the throne by force, David chose to wait for God to give him the throne.
My guess is that when Mephibosheth stood before the King, he was terrified.
That’s why David immediately says to him, “Do not be afraid!”
David offered grace when he could have taken vengeance.
Today, we live in a world where taking vengeance is being raised to an art form. The President is a prime example of one who will fire back any time someone attacks. He’s not alone. In the Christian community, on-line feuds have become a sporting event. Our society has reached the point where two people can’t just disagree anymore. The arguments are now personnel. Each comment is met with a nastier come back.
How many of us could learn from David’s example? When we have the opportunity to take revenge, what would happen if we simply walked away?
As Christians, we are called to extend grace to all those who are around us. That includes those who have done us wrong. Grace and mercy must become the ointment that heals are divisions. Christ’s example is how we should live our lives.