|Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:35 PM|
2 Samuel 9:1-13 (KJV)
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?
· David asked, the heart of David was a picture of God’s grace. Who can I show kindness?
· In the Hebrew language kindness means love and kindness of a firm commitment, it’s something strong, not just a jester
· David is wanting to fulfill a promise that he had made to Jonathan, he wants to show kindness to anyone left of the family. This is a picture of God Grace, God giving us his son to show grace to us. This is one of the most precious stories in the bible.
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.
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.
· Ziba is brought to David and David asks the question, is there anyone? As God speaks to our hearts “is there anyone?” who will come.
· Why hadn’t David been told of this son? Why didn’t he know the truth? Why didn’t we know the truth before we did? How is it that we miss the truth when it is out there? We are too busy wrapped up in our own thing to notice the truth.
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.
5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
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!
Ø So David wants to know where he is and how he can get him to come before him. David sends for him. You know I have so put this story in the spiritual sense that I have to tell you that this is a picture of the Holy Spirit drawing us unto the Lord. David sends for him to come to him just as God sends the spirit to draw us to him.
Ø Mephibosheth was crippled by his nurse who was fleeing because of hearing of the news of his father being killed. Now this was the man who was to be king but instead would be lame. Everything he ever was going to become because of family inheritance would be taken away. He was now looked at as a cripple, a no body, unable to achieve anything.
Ø We can allow for our lives to become cripple without being physically cripple. We can talk ourselves right out of doing anything for the Lord because of certain circumstances. You see he had listened to what everyone had to say about David while he grew up. “O you better what out for David” He might kill you because of Saul. I’m sure that Mephibosheth had listened to so many people talk about David while growing up that he thought he knew who David was. He let what others said to him form a picture of what he must really be like.
Ø Isn’t that the way we let the enemy do us? Don’t we listen to the lies of the enemy and then begin to think a certain way about something or somebody and we truly don’t really know all the facts. You see I picture this in the spiritual realm as being satan shooting lies into our mind and then we of course pick it up and dwell on it until we start believing it and thinking that it’s truth!
Ø Mephibosheth, when he came before David and seen him, feel on his face, now this means he bowed but being lame, it was a lot more than bow, the KJV say fell on his face, so I think that more than likely is the right translation.
Ø All Mephibosheth life, he had been told about David being a mighty warrior and how he killed the enemies of the Israelites, so more than likely he was afraid of David.
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?
Ø David must have saw that he was afraid of him in some way for he tells him to not fear him. I will show you kindness he says for Jonathan and restore then thy land.
Ø David says hey you will from now on eat at my Table.
Ø I wonder if you can see a picture of the Lord here bringing us to His table of grace. I wonder if you can see it’s a picture of God saying come and dine with me, now you are part of the family. You will live in my house.
Ø Who am I but a dead dog, why would you look for me?
Ø Isn’t that how we all feel when we hear him call us, and we come to Him for salvation? We feel broken and lame, like a dead dog and yet here is the almighty God and He knows our name, He calls us in our heart and we hear him, we know it’s him, and here we are at his feet broken, humbled, just as Mephibosheth was in front of David. In verse 6 when David speaks to Mephibosheth when he is bowing and calls his name, it’s important how you think he called his name out. Do you think he called it out in strong anger? Or do you think he just said his name.
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.
Ø David says I will restore all to you. Restoration is one of God’s plan in your life. God’s word says he will restore the years that satan has taken. When we come to the Lord, he restores us back to what we can be.
· The Bible is all about the five R’s
Revelation 3:20 (NASB)
20 ~'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
In their culture was a very intimate act, coming to the table with someone is saying I want to know you, I want you to be my intimate friend. This is a lifelong relationship.
Revelation 19:9 (NASB)
9 Then he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God."
Write it down, there is a table cloth of grace and you will sit with the lamb.
I love the fact that this shows us the grace of the Lord, when he sets at the table with David.
We have a destiny to be at the table of grace. The Lord’s Table we will sit at, we will be able to say to Moses
Hey Moses pass the taters! Hey Abraham don’t eat all the yams!
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