Summary: Living Below Your Inheritance

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1. Physical problems. The grandson was not strong as his father and grandfather. “Jonathan . . . had a son that was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came (of grandfather and father’s death) and his nurse took him up and fled: and it came to pass and she made hast to flee, that she fell, and he became lame” (II Sam. 2:2).

a. An accident.

b. Not one foot, but both feet.

c. Kept the boy from physical activity.

d. Kept the boy from growing physically strong.

e. Negative self-perception.

2. Name problems. The name Mephibosheth means, “Shame that destroys.”

3. Heritage problems. His grandfather Saul disobeyed God, tried to kill David, and visited a witch. His father Jonathan was godly, but died with Saul under the judgment of God (I Sam. 28:18-19).

4. Geographical problems. He was living out of the Promised Land, east across Jordan in Lodebar (means no pasture).

5. Indigent. He was being taken care of by Machir. No home, no money, and no way to make a living.


1. Ignore our new position. “Made us alive together with Christ . . . raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:5-6).

2. Not enjoy heavenly things. Jesus Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).

3. Obsessed with temptation. “For the good that I will do, I do not do, and the evil that I will not do, that I practice” (Rom. 7:19).

4. Defeated. Thanks be unto God who always leads up in triumph in Christ” (II Cor. 2:14).


1. Another’s work. “David said, ‘is there yet any that is left in the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake’” (II Sam. 9:1).

a. Jonathan gave up his “rights” for David. Jesus gave up his “right” for us. Christ Jesus . . . being in the form of God . . . taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of man” (Phil. 2:5-7).

b. Gratitude is the least remembered of all virtues, and the acid test of your character.

2. God uses people. Mephibosheth would have been forgotten except a servant remembered. “And Ziba said unto the king, ‘Jonathan hath yet a son’” (II Sam. 9:3).

3. Right motivation. David didn’t do this for himself or his reputation. “That I may show the kindness of God to him” (II Sam. 9:3).


1. Realize you are not worthy. “And he (Mephibosheth) answered, ‘Behold your servant’” (II Sam. 7:6).

2. Recognize you are dead. “And he bowed himself and said . . . that thou shouldest look upon a dead dog” (II Sam. 9:8).

3. Know all things that are yours. “The king said . . . I have given you . . . all that pertaineth to Saul and to all his house” (II Sam. 9:9).

a. Spiritual things. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above” (Col. 3:1).

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