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Crippled

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” The king asked, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness? Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.” 2 Samuel 1, 3 Mephibosheth is an interesting character. Most of his story is about what he isn’t and doesn’t have, not about what he is or does have. Beyond that it isn’t even so much about who he is, as much as it is about his father, Jonathan, another interesting character. Jonathan is David’s best friend. He befriends and protects David’s life at risk to his own. Due to their deep friendship David has a covenant of protection for Jonathan and any and all members of his family. Now settled into his role as king, he asks for any member of Saul’s house that he can care for to honor Jonathan. Turns out there is, Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son. Perfect right? Yes, except that poor Mephib is