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A Place Called Lodebar

2 Samuel 9:1-13 And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? 2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. 3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. 4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. 5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! 7 And David said unto him, Fear not:

for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? 9 Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him,

I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. 10 Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually

at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet.

2 Samuel 9:5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.

I) The word Lo’Debar comes from two Hebrew words: Lo, which means No, & Debar which means Pasture. Pasture less, a barren land. He was in a barren land. Many Christians today find themselves in Lo’Debar.

A barren place. Are they saved? Yes! But because of choices they made, they find themselves in a place that is spiritually barren. David rescued Mephibosheth from of Lo’Debar. Jesus rescues us from Lo’Debar.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Not only does he take us out of Lo’Debar, but he brings total restoration. In Lo’Debar he was forgotten, as a dead man, out of sight & out of mind.


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Danny Brightwell

commented on Jul 21, 2015

William, all of us who read lots of sermons become rather eclectic. Let's face it, there may not be as much room for original thought as we want there to be. Nevertheless, I thought this was an excellent lesson - I definitely would give it 5 stars and I hope you won't mind if I use parts of it in my on lesson on Mephibosheth. Thank you for sharing the lesson, and I appreciate your comments at the end.

Dr. William D. Poovey

commented on Jul 22, 2015

Danny, I totally agree about originality as I glean from so many here on Sermon Central. Thank you so much and by all means use any or all of any of my sermons. In my opinion, that is the total purpose of this website. Prayers and Blessings to you and yours, Pastor Billy

Dr. William D. Poovey

commented on May 31, 2016

By all means. All of my sermons are a combination of years, sitting at the feet of other men and women of God. I am humbled at your comments, thank you so much and may the Lord richly bless you and yours.

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