Did you know that 43% of the Bible is narrative/stories? Despite this, not many know how to read them. The characters in narratives actions do not always reflect Jewish or Gentile proper conduct. This is a big thing to consider that misreading narratives is often the only arguments atheists have against the Bible.
We see inbreeding, polygamous marriage, and sexual immorality in prominent Biblical character’s lives. The Bible doesn’t justify their actions, but it does record their them. Saying that, there is much to learn about the attributes of God and the heart of man in narratives
One example of these interesting narrative is the friendship between King David & King Saul’s son Jonathon. They were great friends!
As the two grew up, Jonathon had a son named Mephibosheth. When Mephibosheth was 5 years old, his dad, Jonathon, died in battle (2 Samuel 4:4). To save the boy, Mephibosheth’s nurse fled with the 5 year old but in a hurry dropped him and permanently injured his feet/legs. Simply put, Mephibosheth could not walk. He had a disability.
When reading 2 Samuel 9, we find years later that David’s enemies have been defeated. In turn, David looks for Jonathon’s family (2 Samuel 9:1). After this long exhaustive war you may wonder why does he look for Jonathon’s family? 2 Samuel indicates he did this so he can show them kindness.
Have y’all ever tried to look for somebody just so you can be kind to them? David does, finds Mephibosheth, and brings him to his palace.
Mephibosheth in response, felt unworthy, and he calls himself a “dead dog.” This was his view of self-worth. David lets Mephibosheth know that he is valuable. He restores all of his inheritance lost with his father’s death and allows him and his child to live in the palace the rest of their lives and be treated like his own children.
The amazing truth behind this story is that God always notices the unnoticed. Prior to Christ’s Gospel unveiling of the mystery through Paul, there was a divide between the Jew and the Gentile.
There was only a Gospel of the circumcision, there was no good news for the uncircumcised, non-Jews, yet that all changed (Galatians 2:7).
Christ’s sacrifice broke down the wall of partition. And now, we can see how God’s sees us.
There are a lot of people who go unnoticed in the world. If David did not look for Mephibosheth, he would have gone unnoticed the rest of his life. A lot of people do not know their worth. Everyone is valuable to God and are made right by His blood (John 3:16).
They will not know their worth until the Body of Christ notice them and tells them. We can all make a difference and share the love of Jesus. At the end of the day, we all must know, “we can love the unnoticed.”