The story of Mephibosheth teaches us that God can restore relationships that are broken. Mephibosheth is an excellent example of this. Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and grandson of King Saul. Our reading from 2 Samuel 9 focuses on the story of Mephibosheth and how he interacted with King David.
- Be kind
- Forgive others
- Be humble
Lesson Guide – Mephibosheth
David and Jonathan were very good friends, but Jonathan’s dad hated David and did many bad things to him. In fact, he tried to harm David many times. Ask the child if someone has ever wronged them.
David didn’t hate Jonathan or his son because of the wrong things Jonathan’s dad had done. Instead, he took Mephibosheth and was kind to him. Kindness means being friendly, generous, and considerate. Talk about who it is easy to be kind to and who it is hard to be kind to.
Imagine some situations with your child (these can be real or hypothetical). Talk about what the kind thing to do would be. Sometimes it can be hard to know what the kind thing to do is. Explain that we can know what the kind thing is to do if we remember to do unto others as we want them to do unto us. Take the child into a dark room and ask them to tell you what is on a picture you are holding. When they say they can’t see, give them a light and tell them that just like the light helps them see the picture, putting ourselves in other people’s shoes can help us know what the kind thing to do is. Now, talk about the situations again, this time through the lens of what they would want someone to do for them.
Talk about the expression walking a mile in another person’s shoes. Explain that this means to imagine being in someone’s place. Have the child try on different people’s shoes in the family and walk around. Explain that empathy is like trying on someone else’s feelings so we can understand them.
Kindness also means forgiving people. Smudge up a window with fingerprints and then wipe it clean. Explain that when we forgive, we should wipe the clean. Talk about how God forgives us.
Talk about how David remembered his promise to Jonathan and kept it. Share how it is important that we keep our promises.
Talk about humility. Mephibosheth was humble. Talk about what it means to be humble. We should want to do kind things for others without wanting glory for it. Now, create a game combining the two called “Kindness Ninja.” Encourage your child to do kind things without expecting thanks or anyone knowing they did it. This can be making a sibling’s bed or creating a card. If your child has difficulty thinking up acts, you may create some cards with simple tasks such as pet the cat or clear the table. You may then mix up these “Ninja Tasks” and challenge your child to do them at some point in the week. Explain that simple tasks such as telling someone to have a good day are kindness.
Pray and ask Jesus to help you be kind to others.
Video Bible story for children – Mephibosheth
Games and activities
Acts of Kindness
Create a reward chart to record your acts of kindness.
You could leave blank or fill in challenges for your child to complete, such as:
- Hold the door open for someone
- Write a letter to someone
- Do a chore without being asked
- Donate food
- Bring flowers to someone and so on.
No Walking Race
Mephibosheth could not walk from a young age. That means, he had to find other ways to move around.
Set up a start and finish line for a race.
Have the child (children) try to finish the race as quickly as possible without walking.
They could crawl, shuffle, wiggle like a worm, swim, etc.
A Royal Banquet
David invited Mephibosheth to eat at the king’s table for the rest of his life.
With your child, create a banquet fit for a king.
Plan the meal together and then either create a pretend or actual mealtime.
Encourage the child to help prepare the food.
Make some paper crowns to wear and dress up in fancy clothes as you enjoy the meal together.
Free Bible Coloring Pages – Mephibosheth
Mephibosheth Craft for kids
What you need:
- Template pages,
- Colouring equipment,
- Split Pin.
What to do:
- Colour in the template pages.
- Cut out the templates.
- Fix together using a split pin through the black marks.