If you haven’t heard, there is a show called Game of Thrones and the story is basically that: kingdoms battling and vying to claim the throne, doing whatever is necessary to accomplish that goal.
What if I told you that the idea of Game of Thrones has been around for some time now but the version I’m thinking of has a different story arc….
When we get to the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel the 9th chapter, we come across a story of a king who has recently taken the throne from someone else. The previous king, Saul, has been killed in battle along with his son Jonathan. Saul was always out to kill David and yet through that endeavor, David’s best friend was Saul’s son Jonathan.
It was customary for the reigning king to completely massacre and destroy anyone connected with the dynasty of the previous king. David sits on his new acquired throne and he doesn’t ask, “Who of Saul’s family shall we kill today?” Instead, he asks the question, ““Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Enter a man by the name of Mephibosheth, a man who has struggled most of his life, being dropped as a child and lame from that point on. King David invites him to his kingdom, offering him blessings and to continually dine at the kings table.
May we take this story to heart, asking ourselves “Who can I show the kindness of God to today?”
The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?”
2 Samuel 9:3