Summary: A powerful message about overcoming the uncontrollable circumstances brought about by changes due to death and leadership.
We are certainly living in a time where all relationships are suspect and challenged. If you have a friend it just seems like everyone is wondering what is going on between them as if there is no such thing as pure friendship. It is equally a concern when friends are friends irregardless of the problems and perceptions of others. You know how it is, people want you to be mad at your friend because they are and they do not seem to understand it when you say, but that doesn’t have anything to do with me. People want you to be mad at a whole family because they had problems with one member of the family. We just can’t seem to separate and deal with the issues.
At any rate, this is a time of much turmoil. Saul had failed as the first king and David is now king. At the time, Jonathan and Saul die in the same battle on Mount Gilboa, Mephibosheth is only five years old at the time. It was chaotic, the king is dead, the prince is dead now what will happen to us? The nurse picks up the child and While running for their lives, drops the Mephibosheth. While she saves his natural life, he is now crippled for life. Mephibosheth belonged to the royal line and thus lived in exile and fear from King David. He was subject to persecution and slander but was rescued due to a promise that was made to his father that he probably never even heard about.
Mephibosheth would still be in trouble if David kept promises like we keep them today. We have trouble keeping our promises to each other in each others face, but David is faced with the challenge of keeping his promise now that his friend is dead. Most kings in the time of David tried to completely destroy the families of their rivals in order to prevent any of the descendants from trying to regain the throne. David did not do that, he actively sought out descendants of his friend. He was told that Jonathan had a son but the son was alive but lame.
His search landed his servants down in Lodebar, a city east of the Jordan River. A city that was characterized by its barrenness, waste lands and devastation. His search took his servants to Lodebar, the city in the midst of the wilderness. Lodebar the place of no pasture. No greenery. It was desolate in Lodebar. Down in Lodebar, Mephibosheth lost his rank, lost his prestige, lost his respectability, lost his reputation, lost his superiority, lost his self-will. Down in Lodebar, Mephibosheth went from living in the palace to hiding out with a family friend. Mephibosheth went from the prince to servant. Mephibosheth went from powerful to afraid.
Now in Lodebar, the orphan Mephibosheth is found and afraid for his life. David did not want to take his life but save it and by restoring to him all that had been taken from him. Mephibosheth was going to have to trust David. Mephibosheth is summoned to the palace and received because of David’s deep love for his father. I remember when Richard and Ryan first arrived here in Atlanta. When Richard was at school everyday, the lady in the cafeteria would look at him and smile and give him extras. He would come home and say, I don’t know why the lady is so nice to me, I don’t ask her for anything and she even says no to the children who ask. I went up to the school to see who this was and Richard pointed her out to me but I didn’t know her. I went up to her and inquired do you know me. She said no I don’t but I know you are Mother Hinsley’s granddaughter and she never let me and my children go without anything. I just wanted to be nice to someone in her family. You never know where your blessing is coming from that’s why you better be kind to everybody.