by Jerry Vines

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Grace Matters (14 of 19)
Series: Heart Matters
Jerry Vines
2 Samuel 9

David has come to the zenith of his kingly career. He is moving from victory to victory to victory. These are indeed good years for David. The question comes-what next? Will David just enjoy all of the blessings? Will David just rejoice in all of the successes, which are his? Turn himself inward? Or will David remember his friends and remember promises that he has made to them?

This is a beautiful chapter, which I think may be the greatest episode in the entire life of David. To me this is the most beautiful experience that can be plucked from the beautiful flowers, which is the life of David. It is an illustration of one of the great truths in all of the Bible. It is the beautiful account of David and Mephibosheth.

When you hear about Mephiboseth several things come to mind. You think about kindness. You think about generosity. You think about forgiveness. You think about grace. The Old Testament is a beautiful illustration book of New Testament truths. Many times you can go to the Old Testament and find a story or an example, which will illustrate some New Testament truth. One of the greatest truths in the New Testament is the truth of the grace of God. I think one of the most important passages in the entire New Testament is Ephesians 2:8,9. ''For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast.'' The grace of God is one of the great themes. Grace means God's unmerited favor. Grace means God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Grace means God's love in action. This wonderful grace of God seeks us, it saves us, and it satisfies us.

Paul rejoicing in the grace of God said, ''By the grace of God I am what I am.'' So, when you study the New Testament this great truth of grace is found over and over again. I believe that the story of David and what he did for this crippled young man Mephibose ...

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