by James Merritt

The Condition That Required Grace
II Samuel 9
James Merritt


1. I want you to step into the time tunnel of your mind and go back with me three thousand years to a time when a man, by the name of David, was the most powerful man ruling over the most powerful nation on earth.

2. King David was at the very zenith and the very apex of his life. He was finally ruling over a united kingdom. He had expanded the boundaries of Israel from approximately 6,000 to 60,000 square miles. He has never known a political or a military defeat. The economy is running on all eight cylinders. There was not only a chicken in every pot, and a chariot in every garage, there were grapes on every vine. Rivers of peace and prosperity had literally flooded the land.

3. Now that battles had been fought, wars had been won, peace had been established, King David turns his attention to something that had been in his mind for a long long time. He says to his servants, "Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul?" (v.1)

4. Now I can imagine when the servants of David heard him speak those words, they looked at one another and said, "I knew this was coming. I knew he would try to seek and destroy all of his enemies." In that day whenever a new dynasty took control of a land, the family of the previous king was exterminated. It was a customary practice, almost naturally expected, in order to hold down any threat of revolution against the new king. Beyond that, for a long time, as you know, there had been war between the house of Saul and the house of David.

5. But then the servants got the shock of their life. For then they heard the rest of the question, "That I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake." (v.1) That Hebrew word for kindness, chesed, is one of the most beautiful words in the Old Testament. It literally means mercy, loving kindness, and it is the New Testament counterpart to the word grace.

6. Now David wa ...

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