In Jonathan’s name

Re:Verse reading–2 Samuel 9 (day seven)

“Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”–v 1

The Old Testament word for grace is the Hebrew word hesed.  It is usually translated “loving-kindness”.  Mercy undeserved.

Undeserved, however, doesn’t mean unpaid for.  Someone pays the bill.  It just goes on a credit card other than your own.

2 Samuel 9 is an perfect example.  Mephibosheth receives wealth and welcome without any reference to his own character or choices.  David’s kindness comes to this young royal in gratitude for the deeds and life of Jonathan, his father.

If you are a Christian, you understand this kind of transaction.  When God received you, forgave you, enriched you, He did so with His eyes on Christ.  Nothing about you or your behavior caused God to be kind to you.  He was kind to you in Jesus’ name. His grace rises from the unlimited merit of Christ.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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