Christians And Mephibosheth

30 Mar

Most Christians have never heard of Mephibosheth. He was the grandson of Saul and the son of Jonathan. We read about him  in 2 Samuel Chapter 9 where King David is inquiring if there was anyone left in the house of Saul that he may show kindness for Jonathan’s sake. Mephibosheth was a cripple due to an accident when his nanny went fleeing from the palace with the boy in her arms at the news of Saul’s death.  In her haste, she fell, crushing his legs. Mephibosheth had  isolated himself by living in a slum called Lo-debar. It was a place where criminals and the dredge of Society hid. In Biblical times an infirmity was often looked upon as something caused by sin or a sign that one is flawed. Here was a prince that had every right to be in the palace and dine at the table. But Mephibosheth was full of shame. He did not consider himself worthy. So often we Christians feel unworthy and are weighed down by guilt and self condemnation.

We  forget who we are in Christ or perhaps we don’t even know who we are. Guilt, shame and every dead work all come from the devil, the great accuser of the brethren and father of lies.

 King David, in his mercy,  reached out to Mephibosheth to restore him as the rightful heir. But the crippled prince was accustomed to living as an outcast. He says to David: ” Who am I that you should look upon such a dead dog as me?” He didn’t fully understand who he was. A prince who was entitled by inheritance, all the things pertaining to Saul and all his house.

 

A lot of born again Christians are like Mephibosheth. Just unaware of their inheritance as heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:17) They don’t act like victorious Christians, but rather like wretched people, depressed and defeated as if they have no worth. They get bogged down by guilt over their sins. They repent and then feel horrible for days or weeks. They forget that Jesus Christ paid for our transgressions, so there is now no condemnation. If when you repent, you truly believe that God has forgiven you, then why do you keep beating your self up over it? God even promises to no longer remember our confessed sins. In Psalms 103:12, it says: ” as far as the east is from the west, so far has he moved our transgressions from us.

God said in Isaiah 43:25: I, even I, Is he who blots out  your transgression, for my own sake and remembers your sins no more.” God doesn’t forget the way we humans do, but he chooses NOT to remember. He keeps no record of our wrongs. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

 David ended up blessing Mephibosheth and made it known to all the servants that they were to serve this man, till the land, bring in the fruits and  always have bread for him. From then on the lame prince ate at King David’s table.  

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