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Religious Reflections

A tale of two people

by Pastor Nick Paulakis

In 2 Samuel 9-10, there are two stories of how King David wanted to show grace and kindness to two different people. The first one is to a person named Mephibosheth. Before David became King, he had a very good friend named Jonathan (son of King Saul). David and Jonathan were very close and by the time David became King, Jonathan had died, but David had promised Jonathan that he would take care of his family. A search was made for Jonathan's family members and the only one found was a young man named Mephibosheth, who was brought to King David.

Now, Mephibosheth had been dropped as a child and as a result was lame in both legs. I'm sure as Mephibosheth went before the King, he was very nervous because the Kings back then would kill family members of the former king so that they could not challenge the throne. Instead of death, Mephibosheth received land, vineyards and wealth. And on top of that, he was allowed to eat at King David's table from that point on, something reserved just for David's family members. I wonder how long it took Mephibosheth to accept this offer of grace - probably not long!

In the next chapter of 2 Samuel, King David again wants to show grace and kindness to the family of a former friend. This time the man's name is Hanun. Hanun's father had protected David and now the King is in a position to repay him. A delegation is sent to Hanun to tell of this wonderful grace and kindness from King David and instead of accepting the King's offer, Hanun mistreats and shames the delegation, shaming in fact King David himself. Because of Hanun's rejection there is a battle and Hanun is killed. You might be saying to yourself, how foolish was Hanun. All he had to do was accept the King's kindness, and he would have lived.

Two stories of grace and kindness given. One is accepted and one is rejected. Both stories are a picture of God's grace and kindness which has been given to us. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:8 says, By grace you are saved, through faith, not of yourselves, it is a gift of God. The question is this: Are you going to accept God's grace and kindness and receive eternal life or will you reject God's grace and perish?

Your choice will affect all eternity. Choose wisely and accept God's grace, kindness and love and when you do, you too will get to sit at the King's table reserved just for family. 1 John 3:1 says, Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.

Won't you join me at the King's table?

- Nick Paulakis is pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Sunnyside.

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