Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 17, 2015

“He chose us in Him (Christ) … “according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him (Christ)”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 9.

“1 Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David;  and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”  And he said, “I am your servant.”  3 The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?”  And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.”  4 So the king said to him, “Where is he?”  And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.”  5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar.  6 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself.  And David said, “Mephibosheth.”  And he said, “Here is your servant!”  7 David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul;  and you shall eat at my table regularly.”  8 Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?”

9 Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson.  10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson may have food;  nevertheless Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall eat at my table regularly.”  Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.  11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.”  So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons.  12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica.  And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth.  13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly.  Now he was lame in both feet.”  2 Samuel Chapter 9.

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David chose Mephibosheth to receive kindness “for Jonathan’s sake”.  Mephibosheth was not chosen because he was attractive, capable, wise, good, or otherwise worthy by himself.  Verse 13 emphasized “Now he was lame in both feet.”

We were chosen to receive God’s kindness for Christ’s sake.  Like Mephibosheth, we were not chosen because we were attractive, capable, wise, good, or otherwise worthy by our self.  “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-31.

“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us.  In all wisdom and insight 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.  In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.  13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:3-14.

We notice from the preceding Scripture that God chose us “in Him”, namely in Christ.  Verse 4.  Every spiritual blessing is “in Christ”.  Verse 2.  “In Him”, namely in Christ, we have redemption through Christ’s blood.  Verse 7.  God freely bestowed His grace on us “in the Beloved”, namely in Christ.  Verse 6.  God’s “kind intention” was purposed “in Him”, namely in Christ.  Verse 9.  “In Him”, namely in Christ, we have obtained an inheritance.  Verses 10-11.  God summed up all things “in Christ”.  Verse 10.  We were sealed “in Him”, namely “in Christ” with the Holy Spirit of promise.  Verse 13.

In conclusion, paraphrasing verse 7 in today’s Scripture, we should not fear for God will surely show us kindness for the sake of Christ.  We are the bride of Christ.  “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. “  Revelation 21:2.


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