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Luciano Vinci
Feb 10th 2012, 05:28 AM
(2Sa 4:4) And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was LAME OF HIS FEET. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that HE FELL AND BECAME LAME. And his name was Mephibosheth.

(2Sa 9:1) 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?


(2Sa 9:2) And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.


(2Sa 9:3) And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the KINDNESS OF GOD unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is LAME ON HIS FEET.


(2Sa 9:4) And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in LODEBAR.


(2Sa 9:5) Then KING DAVID SENT AND FETCHED HIM OUT of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.


(2Sa 9:6) 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!


(2Sa 9:7) 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.


(2Sa 9:8) And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?


(2Sa 9:9) 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.


(2Sa 9:10) 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.


(2Sa 9:11) 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.


(2Sa 9:12) And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.


(2Sa 9:13) So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.

INTRODUCTION:

Lame in his feet, a helpless cripple who was carried into the King's presence, Miphibosheth is a beautiful illustration of the SINNER restored by God's grace. He was a JOINT-HEIR of the COVENANT of David and Jonathan. David lifted him up to a place at the King's Table as one of the King's sons. This also constituted one of David's VICTORIES: his victory over the customary spirit of revenge. David/Jesus is merciful. Like Mephibosheth, we were blessed BEFORE we were born! (Eph. 1:1-14)

MEPHIBOSHETH typifies the SINNER:

(1) "MEPHIBOSHETH" = "a shameful thing; dispeller of shame (Baal); breathing shame, blowing away confusion, scattering disgrace, dispersing ignominy, exterminating or getting rid of idols." (NATURAL MAN saved by GRACE)

(2) He was a FUGITIVE from David. (2 Sam. 4:4) We were once enemies of the House of David (Jesus); but now being made justified by faith, we have peace with God. (Rom. 5:1)

(3) He was a CRIPPLE, lame on BOTH feet. (2 Sam. 9:13)



(Rom 5:6) For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
(Rom 5:7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
(Rom 5:8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
(Rom 5:9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

We were completely lame in both feet (without strength), and while we were yet fugitives (sinners), David/Jesus sent for us and had mercy when He could have shown WRATH.

(4) He was NOT a resident of JERUSALEM ("habitation of, or foundation of PEACE"); he lived in LODEBAR ("the place of NO WORD or NO PASTURE"), which is the WORLD. (2 Sam. 9:4) However, when David/Jesus found him, He brought to live in His Kingdom. (Col. 1:13)

(5) David's/Jesus' loving GRACE based upon the COVENANT provided:

(a) LIFE - The King refused to slay him. (2 Sam. 9:7) Jesus gives abundant life. (Jn. 10:10)

(b) PEACE - "Fear not." (2 Sam. 9:7) Jesus gives us peace and removes fear. (Jn. 14:27)

(c) INHERITANCE - He was given all that pertained to Saul and his house. (2 Sam. 9:7) He had lost all, but David/Jesus restored ALL to him because of the COVENANT. (Mark 10:29-31)

(d) PORTION - He was to eat the King's BREAD. (2 Sam. 9:10) King Jesus allows us to sit and eat BREAD with Him at His Table, which is His BODY that is broken for us. (Matt. 26:26)

(e) POSITION - He was to sit with the King's SONS. (2 Sam. 9:11) (no longer an alien, but a member of the King's family! - Eph. 2:11-13). Behold what manner of love the father has bestowed on us that we should be called the SONS of God. (I Jn. 3:1)


Some other nuggets from these verses:

1. "NURSE" (2 Sam. 4:4) = "stay, support or bear; to be faithful." Paul compared himself and other ministers to a "nurse" that cherishes her children. (1 Thess. 2:7) And in 2 Tim. 2:4, Paul says those who are at war are not to entangle themselves with the affairs of this world. However, this NURSE took him up, and FLED...as she made HASTE to flee, that he FELL, and BECAME LAME. (2 Sam. 4:4) So today, because of FEAR, some have been "dropped" and "maimed" because of some WOMAN (the church).

2. "REVERENCE" (2 Sam. 9:6) = "bow down the head or body in WORSHIP." King Jesus is WORSHIPED.

3. "FELL ON HIS FACE." (2 Sam. 9:6) Paul had this same experience when he met King Jesus. (Acts 9:4)

4. David called him by NAME. (2 Sam. 9:6-7) Jesus calls His own sheep by NAME. (Jn. 10:3)

5. "FEAR NOT" (2 Sam. 9:7) David did not rebuke or condemn the sinner. We have nothing to fear, King Jesus gives more grace to the humble. (James 4:6)

6. "DEAD DOG" - He confesses that he is a SINNER, A SHAMEFUL THING to David. (2 Sam. 9:8) Both Isaiah (Isa. 6:5) and Peter (Lk. 5:8) acknowledge their condition when they meet King Jesus face-to-face.

7. Note the sequel to this story in 2 Sam. 19:24-30. The cripple desired the PERSON of David MORE than anything else! We desire the King's PRESENCE more than His PRESENTS. (Matt. 6:33)