THE STORY OF MEPHIBOSHETH
Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth, who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the reportcame from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she pickedhim up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled. 2 Samuel 4:4
One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked. “Yes sir, I am,”Ziba replied. 3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.”Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.” 4“Where is he?” the king asked.“In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.”5So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. Hiding in Lo Debar in the house of Makir! 2 Samuel 9:1-5
“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” 8Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”All these years of hiding had made Mephibosheth think of himself as worthless. 2 Samuel 9:7-8
Ziba replied, “Yes, my lord the king; I am your servant, and I will do all that you have commanded.” And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons. 2 Samuel 9:11
WE ARE MEPHIBOSHETH
· WE ARE FALLEN AND BROKEN.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23 NIV
· WE ARE PURSUED BY THE KING.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 NIV
· THE KING’S TABLE COVERS OUR SINS.
…I now grant you the right to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom… Luke 22:29-30
And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table. 2 Samuel 9:13
YOU MAY THINK YOU’RE BROKEN AND USELESS. GOD SAYS YOU’RE CHOSEN AND INVITED.