Background: King David was known for his compassionate heart. One day David began wondering to himself if anyone in Saul’s family was still alive because he had promised Jonathan his best friend and Saul’s son, that he would take care of his family. Let’s see what David did with this thought.
Ask the children…
David sent for Ziba one of Saul’s former servants. What did he ask him?
“The king then asked him, ‘Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.’” (2 Samuel 9:3)
When David found out that Miphiboseth (Jonathan’s son) was still alive, what did he do?
“So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6 His name was Mephibosheth[a]; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson..’Don’t be afraid!’ David said. ‘I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!’” (2 Samuel 9:5, 7)
King David was rich, wealthy and famous and he might never have given another to his vow to Jonathan to take care of his family even after Jonathan was dead. But God had given David a compassionate heart and his first concern was about people. David gave Mephibosheth back all of the lands that had been Saul’s and because he was lame, he gave Mephibosheth a servant to farm that ground and then he brought Mephibosheth into his palace to live with him.
Ask your children if they know people who are less fortuante than they are. In what ways could they reach out to those people to assist them? Pray together and ask God for a heart of compassion and guidance on how to care for at least one person. Remind your children that these are the kind of risks we were created for.
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