2 Samuel 9:1-13 NKJV
Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 And there wasa servant of the house of Saul whose name wasZiba. So when they had called him to David, the king said to him, “Areyou Ziba?” He said, “At your service!”
3 Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who islame in hisfeet.” 4 So the king said to him, “Where ishe?” And Ziba said to the king, “Indeed he isin the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.”
5 Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar. 6 Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?” And he answered, “Here is your servant!”
7 So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.” 8 Then he bowed himself, and said, “What isyour servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?”
9 And the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest,that your master’s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s son shall eat bread at my table always.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so will your servant do.” “As for Mephibosheth,” said the king,“he shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons.” 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name wasMicha. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba wereservants of Mephibosheth.
13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet.
What an amazing picture of God’s grace. (G_R_A_C_E) – God’s riches at Christ’s expense.
Mercy is not getting what you deserve (punishment). You getting pardoned instead. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Getting what you never earned or worked for. It’s a gift.
Mercy gave the prodigal son a second chance. Grace threw a party for him.
Mephibosheth is experiencing grace, divine favour because of a covenant that was made between David and his father Jonathan years before he was born.
So Mephibosheth had nothing to do with it. All he had to do was believe it, enter into it and receive what already belonged to him. This is a picture of the covenant that God made with Jesus and all we did to enter into it was to receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. The Holy Spirit came and fetched us. And all that belongs to Him also belongs to us now.
Ephesians 2:12-13 NKJV
12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Now when I read this story in an article many years ago, it is something I got so excited about. I began seeing and understanding what belongs to me and yet in my mind it looked so far-fetched and so impossible for it to ever happen for me. But I believed it anyway and stayed with it anyway and today and I am still expecting more and more of it to come to pass. And you might find yourself in that place today. It might look so far-fetched. But choose to believe it, stay with it and it will surely come to pass for you.
Some background of his life
The nurse that looked after him dropped him when he was five years old and he became crippled, lame in both his feet.
2 Samuel 4:4 NKJV
Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who waslame in hisfeet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel; and his nurse took him up and fled. And it happened, as she made haste to flee, that he fell and became lame. His name wasMephibosheth.
That might be you. You feel you were dropped in life. You feel your family, your parents dropped you. Your ex-spouse dropped you. In fact, we were all dropped by sin. Sin crippled us and made us lame in our spiritual feet. But I have good news. Jesus fetched us. He healed us. He raised us up again. He lifted us up.
2 Samuel 9:1 NKJV
Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?
“kindness” – That I may show him covenant faithfulness. Our God is a faithful covenant keeping God.
Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love Him and obey his commands.
3 Then the king said, “Isthere not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?”…
David is having this intense, burning desire to give. A picture of who God is. God has an intense, burning desire to give to His covenant children. But He has already given. He now has an intense burning desire for His children to come boldly and receive what He has already given.
Everything is done for them [the children of God] that can be done, and nothing but receiving and responding is expected of them. (Rufus Moseley)
God’s Great Storehouse – WORD FROM THE LORD THROUGH KENNETH COPELAND, NOV. 10, 2011)
I have a great storehouse. Much more has been stored up in the storehouse of riches beyond your wildest dream that I laid up for you before the foundation of the world. Much more is stored up there than what the Church has ever called for. I never have held back on the Church,” saith The LORD and the God of plenty. “I’ve made it available to you. I put it in My WORD. I gave you promise and stood behind it with the blood—the precious blood of your Savior. But there has been a backwardness in My people about laying hold of the things that I have provided for you. But I will say this: There is a people in the land. There is a people around the world. There is a people strong and mighty growing much stronger and much mightier and more bold to lay hold and put their claim of faith on the things that I have laid up for them and it thrills Me, saith The LORD, because it’s been theirs all the time.
God wants to show you kindness but because you had a divorce, or you had a miscarriage, or an abortion many years ago, you feel you can’t rise up from that lame position. Maybe you had a terrible past and you feel lame unworthy to come near and receive God’s kindness. Maybe you feel that you must suffer and pay back for the sin that you committed. If you can do that, then Jesus died in vain. Then you and I are making the grace of God of no effect. That is exactly what Grace is. Christ doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Start saying that Christ made you worthy and rise up and receive your inheritance.
4 So the king said to him, “Where ishe?” And Ziba said to the king, “Indeed he isin the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar.
“house” – means house of bondage. God the Father sent Jesus to fetch you and I out of the house of sin and bondage. You have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and you have been transferred into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son.
Colossians 1:13 NLT
For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
Mephibosheth was living in Lo-debar. Lo-Debar was a place of barrenness, a wilderness, a place of struggling, a place of not enough. Maybe you are living there, Lo-Debar but it’s time to pack your bags. You are moving out and coming back to your place of abundance. You moving from Lo-Debar to Above-the-bar.
God has changed our address.
I have moved out from 1 Beggars Alley, located at 2 Poverty Lane at the corner of Down and Out Circle. I have a brand new home. My new address is Living Well on 3rd Abundance Drive, located at the corner of Blessings Street and Prosperity Peak. It’s in the God Can neighborhood. No longer will I allow myself to travel to the other side of town on Begging Peter to Pay Paul Route, located at a dead end intersection called I Don’t Have, which connects with Borrowers Junction. I no longer hang out at Failure’s Place, near Excuses Avenue, next to Procrastination Point. I’ve moved to an upscale community called Higher Heights with unlimited potential and opportunities for me to succeed. Care to change your address? There are many openings!
Mephibosheth had so much against him, He was living in Lo-Debar. His father was no longer alive. The nurse dropped him at 5 years old and now he is lame in both his feet. But not only is he lame in his feet. He is lame in his mind because he sees himself as a dead dog.
6 Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?” And he answered, “Here is your servant!” 7 So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”
Grace, God has already restored all that belongs to you. Rise up in your place and begin to take back what the devil stole from you.
8 Then he bowed himself, and said, “What isyour servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?”
A dead dog represents a person of no value. David didn’t even acknowledge his unworthy dog talk. David never saw him as a dead dog but as a covenant man who had rights and privileges to the new house. That is why he never answered or entertained any of that poor old me talk. He saw him as one of the king’s sons. Likewise, God does not see you as a sinner, as unworthy, as poor and sick. He sees you forgiven, cleansed, righteous, blessed, rich, healed, strong. He sees you as a covenant man and woman that has the right to come into the house of more than enough and sit at the table of abundance. He sees you as a son and daughter of the Most-High God. Mephibosheth had a poor self-image. He had a poverty mentality. He had a dead dog mentality. And mostly not his fault because the enemy kept feeding him lies, telling him that David was after him to kill him. The way you see yourself is the way others are going to see you and treat you.
Verse 6 – “Here is your servant”; Verse 8 – “What is your servant”
It’s time for you to stop seeing yourself as a servant, as a slave, but as a son and daughter of the Most-High God.
Galatians 4:6-7 TLB
6 And because we are his sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, so now we can rightly speak of God as our dear Father. 7 Now we are no longer slaves but God’s own sons. And since we are his sons, everything he has belongs to us, for that is the way God planned.
I looked up the meaning of the word “Breadline” – the poorest condition in which it is acceptable to live. Some of you have accepted being poor. You have accepted to live in conditions that are absolutely not the will and plan of God for your life. Poverty was not in our lives because God didn’t love us. It was there because we put up with it.
You must make a decision that I am not living in Lo-debar anymore. I am not staying in this place of struggling, poverty, shortage and not enough anymore. I am a covenant child, I have a covenant of grace and I have a right to prosper, succeed and sit at my Father’s table of abundance.
So I am moving out devil. I am moving from Lo-debar to above the bar and I am removing these lies and limitations that you placed on my mind. Not you or anybody else is going to stop me from rising higher anymore.
That’s the message of God’s prosperity. Mephibosheth didn’t do anything to become prosperous. Somebody sent for him, picked him up, and placed him in the middle of the most prosperous situation he’d ever seen in his life. Somebody loved him – not because of anything he had done, but because he was the heir of a blood covenant. Once you get hold that, you won’t ever believe you don’t deserve to be healed, blessed or delivered. You didn’t do anything to get where you are except receive Jesus. Once you did that, the Holy Spirit “fetched” you and placed you in the middle of the abundance of God Himself.
You are royalty. You were born again into the God-class. The class of royalty.
1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
2 Samuel 9:9-10 NKJV
9 And the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest,that your master’s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s son shall eat bread at my table always.”
It’s time for you to pack your bags and say goodbye to Lo-Debar. It’s time for you to say goodbye to your old friends that want you to stay poor, those that have an allegiance to poverty. It’s time to say goodbye to poverty, to small thinking, to small dreams, to limited living and begin to welcome prosperity and abundance into your life. It’s time for you to sit at the King’s table and see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Ps. Lester Holland