Who was Mephibosheth?




         [撒下 4:4] 「掃羅的兒子約拿單有一個兒子名叫米非波設,是瘸腿的。掃羅和約拿單死亡的消息從耶斯列傳到的時候,他才五歲。他乳母抱著他逃跑;因為跑得太急,孩子掉在地上,腿就瘸了。


       [2 Samuel 4:4] Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she     hurried to leave, he fell and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth.        



David shows kindness towards Mephibosheth


A. 主動尋找 – Actively seeking


        [撒下 9:1] 「掃羅家還有剩下的人沒有?我要因約拿單的緣故向他施恩。」

        [2 Samuel 9:1] David asked, "Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?"


        [ 3:10-11] 「沒有義人,連一個也沒有。沒有明白的;沒有尋求神的。

       [Romans 3:10-11] As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.”


        [ 19:10] 「人子來,為要尋找拯救失喪的人。

       [Luke 19:10] “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”



B. 恩典的稱呼 – The Call of Giving Grace


       [撒下9:6-7] 掃羅的孫子,約拿單的兒子米非波設來見大衛,伏地叩拜:大衛說『米非波設!』米非波設說,僕人在此。你不要懼怕,我必因你父親約拿單的緣故

       [2 Samuel 9:6-7] [6] When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, "Mephibosheth!"
    "Your servant," he replied. [7] "Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your     grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”



C. 歸還產業 – Returned everything that belonged to him


       [撒下 9:9]王召了掃羅的僕人洗巴來,對他說:「我已將屬掃羅和他的一切家產都賜給你主人的兒子了。」


       [2 Samuel 9:9] Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.”



D. 與王子同坐 – Seated with the Princes

       [撒下9:11] 王又說,米非波設必與我同席吃飯,如王的兒子一樣。」

      [2 Samuel 9:11] Mephibosheth ate at David's table like one of the king's sons.

       [ 113:7-8] 他從灰塵裡抬舉貧寒人,從糞堆中提拔窮乏人,使他們與王子同坐,就是 與本國的王子同坐。

         [Psalm 113:7-8] He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.



Mephibosheth’s Reaction Towards David



  1. 接受恩典的反應 : 認識自己的不配

       Receives Grace and Recognizes His Unworthiness 


       [撒下9:8] 僕人算甚麼,不過如死狗一般,竟蒙王這樣眷顧。 

       [2 Samuel 9:8] Mephibosheth bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?“


        [提前1:15-16] 「基督耶穌降世,為要拯救罪人。」這話是可信的,是十分可佩服的。在罪人我是個罪魁。然而,我蒙了憐憫,是因耶穌基督要在我這罪魁身上顯明他一切

       [1 Timothy 1:15-16] [15] Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. [16] But for that very reason  I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.



B. 不在乎別人的陷害,一心在乎大的安危  [撒下16:1-4,19:24-30]

       Not concerned with being betrayed, but only concerned with David’s

     well-being  [2 Samuel 16:1-4, 19:24-30]



      [2 Samuel 19:24] Mephibosheth, Saul's grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely.



David Protects Mephibosheth



         [撒下 21:7] 王因為曾與掃羅的兒子約拿單指著耶和華起誓結盟,就愛惜掃羅的孫子、約拿單的兒子米非波設,不交出來

       [2 Samuel 21:7] The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the LORD between David and Jonathan son of Saul.


         [ 10:28-29] [28]他們永不滅亡,誰也不能從我手裏把他們奪去。[29] 我父把羊賜給,祂比萬有都大;誰也不能從我父手裏把他們奪去

       [John 10:28-29] [28] I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. [29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand.



The Story of Mephibosheth is an Illustration of the Gospel of Salvation



         舊約: [103:10-13][10]他沒有按我們的罪過待我們,也沒有照我們的罪孽報應我們。[11]天離地何等的高,他的慈愛向敬畏他的人也是何等的大![12]東離西有多遠,他叫我們的過犯離我們也有多遠![13]父親怎樣憐恤他的兒女,耶和華也怎樣憐恤敬畏他的人!      

       Old Testament: [Psalm 103:10-13] [10] he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. [11] For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; [12] as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. [13] As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;



         新約: [5:10]因為我們作仇敵的時候,且藉著神兒子的死,得與神和好;既已和好,就更要因他的生得救了。

       New Testament: [Romans 5:10] For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!


       [Romans 8:1] Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus