Andy Hollifield 3-31-17
2 Samuel 9:13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.
One of my favorite stories in all the bible is the story of Mephibosheth. His story is kind of the culmination of the events of David’s life. David had been victorious in battles and had ascended the throne and “the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went” (2 Samuel 8:14). ” And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.” (15). At this point in David’s life all was going well. This is the time when a lot of folks would have found it easy to forget all the Lord had done for them. This was not the case with David and that is why this story holds so many important lessons for us.
David still had memories of his best friend Jonathan from his childhood days in the palace as harpist for Saul. Although Jonathan had died valiantly in battle, David still wanted to honor him by showing kindness to any of Saul’s family. After inquiring with servants, he found out about Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth who was currently living in Lodebar which means no pasture. Mephibosheth had been crippled by a fall as his nurse grabbed him up when he was only five years old to flee after receiving word about Jonathan and Saul out of Jezreel. He remained lame on his feet the rest of his life. Now, here was Mephibosheth in the land of “no pasture” just living out his life pretty much in obscurity when he gets word that King David wants to see him at the palace in Jerusalem. Being the grandson of the former king that David had replaced, you can only imagine what must have been going through his mind as he approached the palace. He is helped in to the throne room and sees the king and immediately falls on his face in reverence to the king. Then the king speaks his name, as though he is fixing to pass judgment. But in verse 7 David said unexpected words that brought relief to Mephibosheth. He said “Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread continually at my table.” Let that sink in a minute! The king has just issued a decree that this cripple, who was no longer part of the royal family, would always be eating at the king’s table. Can you imagine that? One day you are struggling to survive and the next you are in the palace as guest of the king. To sum up the next few verses, David not only restored to Mephibosheth all the land that Saul had lost to him but also Saul’s servant Ziba and his fifteen sons and twenty servants. They were to take care of Mephibosheth’s new land and bring in the harvest but Mephibosheth would always have a spot at the king’s table. Not only did he have a spot of his own, he would be treated as one of the king’s sons. Mephibosheth also had a young son named Micha. His name means “Who is like God?” This man Mephibosheth, whose very existence had seemed in doubt at times, had gone from obscurity in a land of no pasture or sustainence to the king’s palace in Jerusalem in which means “teaching of peace”. Surely God taught Mephibosheth he could learn peace by trusting the provision of the Lord’s hand. Surely, who is like God?
As with everything in the bible, there is a spiritual application to be made in our lives and hearts. Think about yourself in your lost condition. There you were in a life of worry and doubt, your long term future uncertain, crippled by the fall of Adam in the garden, and completely hopeless of your situation ever changing. Nothing you ever done could bring about the peace your soul craved and there was no pasture in which your soul could feed. No hope for anything except more of the same. But then one day, even though all seemed lost, there came a knock at the door of your soul. Conviction from a loving God was knocking. He was inviting you to come before the king. You knew that you weren’t worthy to be in his presence. You weren’t part of a royal family and there was nothing you had ever done that was even worthy of his attention but yet he was calling for you. As you came into his presence, knowing the unworthy cripple and dead dog that you were, you bowed before him in reverence as he spoke your name. Just as you were waiting for this king to pass judgment on your wretched hell-deserving soul, he spoke those same words to you; “Fear not”. “For I will shew great kindness unto you for my son Jesus’s sake”. Not only that, he then made a decree that you were invited to CONTINUALLY eat at his table. He restored unto you all the fellowship and all things that had been lost by your father Adam in the garden of Eden. All you had to do was accept his kindness. He was also willing to give his angels charge over thee to protect thee and the Holy Ghost to be your comfort and guide. He also promised to supply all your needs according to his riches in glory. All you had to do was say the word and it was all yours. You now have a spot of your own at his table. A spot at the great marriage supper he is hosting for his Son where his Son will serve his bride of which you are a part. Remember that day? The day you went from barely surviving to bountifully saved. When you gave up nothing to gain everything? Your place is not just as a guest in the king’s house but as the guest of honor. Not really even as a guest, but as one of the king’s sons. Do you remember that? From an outcast to an insider. From nobody to someone to die for, because that is what Jesus did; he died for you. So you could have all that. That spot as one of the king’s sons at that table. It’s a long way from Lodebar to where you are now; dining at the king’s table. Aren’t you glad that the king chose to show kindness to you one day? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 3-31-17