David cares for Mephibosheth David fulfilled his promise to Jonathan by taking care of his children, including Mephibosheth who, as a crippled man, would not have normally been welcomed at the king's table.

Day 115 (April 25): David takes in Jonathan’s crippled son, new Ammonite king turns on David, David defeats Ammonites

Welcome to Livin’ Light’s Bible-In-A-Year challenge of discovering God’s love for us and His purpose for our lives. Here is the format for this great adventure: The daily reading assignment is posted at 5 a.m. After each day’s reading, Leigh An Coplin, the blog host, shares observations and poses questions about difficult passages to Rob Fields, who studied Christian Education at Asbury Seminary and currently teaches Biology in the Orlando area. To start from the beginning, click on 365 Bible Readings and scroll down to Day 1. The reading schedule is taken from The One Year Chronological Bible NLT. 

Today’s Reading
2 Samuel 8:15-18
1 Chronicles 18:14-17
1 Chronicles 6:16-30
1 Chronicles 6:50-53
1 Chronicles 6:31-48
2 Samuel 9-10
1 Chronicles 19:1-19
(1003-995 BC) Click here for a timeline of the entire Bible.

Questions & Observations

Q. (2 Samuel 9:1-13): I love this story.  It mimics how God took care of the descendants of the ones he loved: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

A. Me too.  This story is also one that is held up by Christians and Jews throughout the ages as symbolic of God’s mercy and grace.  As a crippled person, which would have disqualified Mephibosheth from being king, Mephibosheth would have had no place at the king’s table, but he is welcomed out of the kindness of the king’s heart.  In the same way, we as sinners, the spiritually crippled, would have no place at God’s table on our own accord, but are welcomed as God’s own children through the King’s mercy.

Q. (10:3): There seems to be a theme in the Bible of the sons of great leaders making huge mistakes and not learning from their fathers.

A. You have touched upon a major theme of Scripture: the passing of wisdom — or the lack there of it — down from generation to generation.  We will see clearly how this task succeeds or fails as we move through rapid succession of kings in our next volume.

For further reading: God and disabilities, https://www.bethinking.org/human-life/a-biblical-view-of-disability

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Tomorrow’s reading
— 1 Chronicles 20:1
— 2 Samuel 11-12:14
— Psalm 51
— 2 Samuel 12:15-25
— 2 Samuel 5:14-16
— 1 Chronicles 14:3-7
— 1 Chronicles 3:5-9