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Monday, December 22, 2014
Bonus Reading, 2 Samuel
David's Love for Jonathan Extends to His Son
Today's reading tells how David, whose deep friendship with King Saul's son Jonathan is recorded at length, virtually adopted Jonathan's son after he became king. Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth, had a physical handicap and could not walk. But David lavished attention on him -- allowing him to live with the riches of Saul (which David controlled) and granting him a seat at his dinner table, which was a sign of the king's personal favor and support. Undoubtedly, David did these things because of a debt he felt he owed to Mephibosheth's father, Jonathan, who had died in battle just before David became king.