Mephibosheth, uncovered story

Uncovering the Fantastic Story of Mephibosheth



The uncovered story of Mephibosheth is a story of profound truth. It is told in the Old Testament and spread over the pages of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. It is a story that foreshadows the New Covenant. It helps us to capture the essence of what a covenant implies to its beneficiaries. 

See more Inscribed In Blood: Tracing Bible Covenants.


Long, long ago, two young men were the best of friends, David and Jonathan. Jonathan was the son of the King of Israel, Saul. And David, at the time, ranked in Saul’s army. 






Saul was the first king of Israel. The people chose him because he was handsome and popular. The Bible describes Saul rising to the throne in the face of the Philistine military threat. But, he went from better to worse and ended up a broken man, seeking the counsel of the witch of Endor instead of the God of Israel.

 See 1 Samuel 9 – 1 Samuel 31.




David killed Goliath, and he became very popular. Therefore, King Saul became afraid that David would snatch the throne from him, and his fear turned into an obsession to kill David.

God had a plan for David and sent Samuel to anoint him as King instead of Saul.


1 Samuel 13:14 “The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people.”




Jonathan was the son of King Saul and the rightful one to rule after Saul died. So he should have sided with his father to secure his throne, but Jonathan wanted to do what pleased God.




While Saul was still King of Israel, Jonathan and David became great friends. Their friendship deepened to the point of making a covenant.


1 Samuel 18:3-4 “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.”

1 Samuel 20:42 Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, “May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.” 


The Near Middle East was a violent place in 1000 BC, and the first act of a conqueror was to kill all the heirs of the conquered King.


David could have killed Saul many times, but he never did. Saul fell on his sword during a violent battle. Jonathan died too. Panic broke out in Israel, and people were running to and throw to save the lives of their descendants.




The royal nurses rushed to the nursery to grab the young son of Jonathan and ran to safety. But, sadly, with little Mephibosheth in her arms, the nurse slipped and fell. The baby flung from her arms and smashed on the road. 


A Nurse Carried Baby Mephibosheth
A Nurse Carried Baby Mephibosheth

From that day on, Mephibosheth had lamed feet and never walked again. Finally, they brought him across the Jordan River to a deserted place called Lo Debar. There he was, hiding away from the new King David. He became bitter and lived like a pauper.




David became King after much unrest. He captured Jerusalem and brought the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem. 

While living the royal life in the castle, he remembered Jonathan, his old friend. He remembered the covenant they cut long ago.


2 Samuel 9:1 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonatahn’s sake?”




David sent his men to go and get Mephibosheth in Lo Debar. Mephibosheth was hiding for so long when he heard a knock on the door. Can you put yourself in his shoes? He must have thought: “This is the day the rooster is coming home to roost.”

2 Samuel 9

5. So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Mair, son of Ammiel.

6. When Mephiboshet son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. 

David said, “Mephibosheth!” 

“At your service,” he replied.

7.”Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

8. Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

9. Then the King summoned Ziba, Saul’s Steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.

10. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.


Terrified of the King, and growing bitter about his misfortune. Little did he know that he was the beneficiary of a covenant. He heard the good news only when the King pursued and found him. From that day on, Mephibosheth lived in the palace, eating at the King’s table.




The story of Mephiboshet is the story of many people today. They believe the King, Jesus Christ, is out to get them, and they hide. Little do they know that they are the beneficiaries of a covenant cut between God and Jesus Christ at Golgotha. Little do they know their status has changed to that of royalty, God’s family. 


David and Jonathan did not need a covenant to be friends. They cut the covenant for the sake of their children to come. Both Jonathan and David stood as the representatives of their unborn children. When Jonathan was not around anymore, the covenant acted in his favour.


God needed no covenant between Him and Jesus Christ, but they did it for our sake, God’s children, so that we don’t hide away from the King of kings but will come boldly to eat at His table.




Sources used for THE UNCOVERED STORY OF MEPHIBOSHETH: – bible and commentaries – bible and commentaries


2 Responses

  1. Everytime I hear this msg, it wows me. Now after reading this entire blog, it just blows my mind further. Thank you. Greatly encouraged.

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