Many Bibles label 2 Samuel 9 as “David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth.” And for good reason, but once again, this heading is a helpful reminder that our task of reading and studying Scripture is not to stop until we get to Jesus. We are not simply to consider David’s kindness and move on to chapter 10 because this passage points us to Jesus.
Ephesians 2:1-10 sheds light on how 2 Samuel 9 points us to Jesus. After confronting us with our sin problem in verses 1-3, verse 4 begins with two words: “But God.” What follows is a summary of the work of Christ and salvation by grace through faith in Him.
Did you see how the display of God’s “immeasurable riches of his grace” is described in verse 7? That’s right: “kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” It is often easy to see how the Old Testament helps us read the New Testament, but there are also times, like this one, where the New Testament helps us read and see the beauty of the Old.
In what ways has God showed you His kindness beyond salvation this week?