Welcome back everyone. We are on the home stretch now. We are reading from 2 Samuel 8-9 today.
We often forget that David was a very successful and feared military leader. He has obviously come a long way from the days of tending the fields for his father while his brothers were at war. David's fame had spread across the ancient world for his military victories. Yet the Scriptures still tell us that he was fair to everyone. I don't think this is a small point to reflect on. In today's power hungry society, those in power rarely treat people with honor, dignity, and fairness. To some degree you almost expect a certain group to be treated unfairly - not in David's kingdom.
I think this chapter is a great follow-up example of David's kindness and fairness mentioned in the previous chapter. It also reminds us of David and Jonathon's powerful friendship they shared. I see this move by David to take in the son of Jonathon as a move to have Jonathon close to him again. It says that Mephibosheth lived with David and became like one of his sons. This is a dangerous move by David considering that this is Saul's grandson, heir to the throne, but he is not worried about those things. It just strikes me as an amazing example of the power of friendships, true friendship, and what they can mean in our lives and in the lives of leaders.
What are your thoughts?