Summary: God is inviting us to come out of crippling circumstances into covenant relationship.
A POSITION IN THE PALACE
2 Samuel 9:1-13 - 2 Samuel 9:32
3 Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the (unfailing, unsought, unlimited) kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet.”
2 Samuel 4:4 Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son who was lame in his feet. 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 was Mephibosheth.
CRIPPLED BY CIRCUMSTANCES
He was crippled by circumstances.
PHYSICAL At 5yrs of age dropped and crippled in both feet.
EMOTIONAL At the same time lost both his Father Jonathan and his grandfather Saul to death.
SPIRITUAL Living in the desert of life. Living in fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
The Kings custom to put to death all from the opposing Royal Family. He had lost his rank, lost his prestige, lost his respectability, lost his mobility.
Mephibosheth means “destroying shame” or “scattering shame” Speaking death not life.
Lo Debar means “no pastures” it was a desert place. Barrenness. David calls for him he falls on the floor calls himself “a dead dog”
We have all been dropped by Adam’s sin, we have all fallen, and we are all crippled. Now we can’t walk straight! We try to get on our feet but fall down.
The fall of man caused great loss but Jesus is here to restore
Have you fallen into?
Are you crippled?
2 Samuel 9:1 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?”
Literally “the kindness of God”
Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
1. BLESSING –
d. Increase of favors
a. To push forward in various senses
b. Break out
c. Go over the top
d. Be profitable
Psalm 35:27 “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
d. Crammed full
f. More than enough
THIS COMES THROUGH RESTORATION OF:
PLACE: inheritance – v7
POSITION: lordship – v10
PURPOSE: a king’s son – v11
2 Samuel 9:13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet.
Step out of your condition into your position. God doesn’t want His people living like beggars when we are supposed to live like Kings.