Cliftondale Congregational Church
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Great message! Thank you, brother!
This is a horrifying misinterpretation of the passage of scripture to which you are referring. To vilify and call into question Mephibosheth's motives in order to illustrate the point you are trying to make is proof-texting, plain and simple. We should never use scripture to force a point. Scripture has plenty of good examples of real truth and should be handled sacredly and correctly. It is obvious, upon examination of the passage that Mephibosheth was not only tricked by Ziba, but Ziba took advantage of Mephibosheth's disability for his own greedy gain. To try to make Ziba a possible hero is despicable given his deceitful intent. As far as Mephibosheth being "messy, unready, shabby etc." The description is ignorant and clearly not thought through logically. Someone who was supposedly plotting to take over the throne would have done just the opposite. He would have presented himself in the best finery, the best outward (that's a key word) condition possible in order to claim his "prize". Instead, from the moment David left, Mephibosheth humbled himself and was in mourning, as was typical for that culture at that time. The only person who had ever shown Mephibosheth any consideration or care was in danger. Why would he be worried about his own clothes or care at all. His outward appearance was equivalent to sackcloth and ashes. You are right to assume that this story is very symbolic and has very real correlations to our life as Christians today, but NOT in the way you described. It grieves me to hear sermons of this nature. It's the little liberties that pastors take with the scripture that do the most harm. May God have mercy and grant you great discernment in the future.
I love the way you showed that this first miracle was a glimpse of the Lords Supper using the wine as Jesus Blood and the wedding showing this is used again when Jesus returns. Great sermon.