2 Samuel 4: A Heart for Those with Disability

(Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.) -2 Samuel 4:4

Ancient cultures often looked at those with disability as cursed or worthless. The Bible stands in clear contrast with this cultural stigma.

Jonathan, son of king Saul, was a close friend of David. When David became king following the death of Saul and his sons, he sought a way to show respect to Jonathan’s family. The answer? Mephibosheth.

While the status quo may have been to dismiss this man, David embraced him. Rather than turning him away, there was always a seat at the table for the many who was lame in both feet.

May we likewise continually seek to honor those among us with disabilities.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

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