March 25, 2011

Are You A Mephibosheth? Have Hope! You, Too, Can Come Out Of Lodebar

Posted in Christianity at 5:00 am by Lisa Ritchey

And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? (2 Samuel 9:1)

King David made an oath to Jonathan when he first came to the castle (1 Samuel 18:3).  After Saul and Jonathan had died, David remembered the oath and sought to fulfill it.

Years before, Jonathan had a son, Mephibosheth, who had fallen and became lame.  (2 Sam 4:4).  When Saul and Jonathan died, Mephibosheth fled the kingdom and went to Lodebar.  Lodebar is a wilderness area in old Palestine.  The word itself means “Pastureless”.    Mephibosheth was there as a beggar.  
Are you in a wilderness?  Do you feel like you are having to beg God for the things that you need? 

  1.  Make sure that you are right with God.  He will not bless those living in sin.  Ask Him to show you if there is anything in your life that is not pleasing to Him.  Trust me.  If you ask this, He will show you!  Then, stop doing it!
  2. Are you seeking things to make you bigger in the world or in people’s  eyes, or for His glory and to further the Kingdom?  If you ask for the wrong reasons, or asking amiss, you can pretty well count on the answer from God being “No”. 
  3. It might not be time yet.  There is something I have waited on for several years now.  I know it is mine, and is coming, but when things start to look promising and I want to really press through, although I have no idea which way to turn, or what to do next, He tells me, “It’s not time yet!”  Good things come to those that wait on the Lord.  That word wait means to continue to serve while waiting like a waiter in a restaurant. 

2 Samuel 9:6-13

 (6)Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!
(7) And David said unto him, 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 at my table continually.
(8)And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?
(9)Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
(10)Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits,that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
(11)Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons*.
(12)And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
(13)So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.
No matter what you have done, no matter what you have been through, no matter what your physical condition, You, too, are qualified to eat at the King‘s table, and all that entails!
* Please note that Mephibosheth is representative of us. Remember: If you are  the Bride of Christ, we will soon be going to a seven-year wedding feast.  We will literally be eating at the King’s table.  Since Jesus is the King, I am a joint-heir and His bride! 

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