MAXIMUM GRACE: The Story Of Mephibosheth

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2 Samuel 4:4, “And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth”

2 Samuel 9:1, “And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?”.

MAXIMUM GRACE: The Story Of Mephibosheth

The quoted scriptures herein refer to one Mephibosheth; a crippled young man who witnessed the grace of God fully operational in his life. Before Mephibosheth could think of anything positive in life, he had two “very valid” reasons to make him lose any hope over his future: 
  1. Lodebar – this is the place where Mephibosheth lived, and its name means “no pasture”, “no word” and/or “no communication”. Lodebar represents a desert, a place of dryness, thirst, hunger and starvation. It is a place of lack. 
  2. Disability (crippled) – this young man was crippled, and in the Old Testament People-With-Disabilities (PWDs) or diseases were viewed as cursed or being punished by God. And this could go as far as being banished/denied access to the House of God. In 2 Chronicles 26:19-21, we actually see a King of Israel, Uzziah, being smitten with leprosy and “…was cut off from the house of the LORD”. Now if a King could go as far as that, what about an ordinary citizen like Mephibosheth? 
So when you look at Mephibosheth, you begin to see a person whom the society can describe as “useless”. Such a person is viewed an “impediment” to whoever lives with him because he may be requiring constant supervision be it in movements, eating, going to the toilet, changing themselves, etc. No one in their rightful natural sense would be tempted to think positive about such a person. 

IT IS IMPORTANT to understand also that Mephibosheth was actually born a normal child, but somehow when war broke out the maid who took care of him when he was still a small child tried to escape with him to safety. All in good faith, along the way, the child was mistakenly dropped down. This is how Mephibosheth found himself a crippled man. 

But it came to pass one of the days that when David was King of Israel, he thought of showing grace and kindness to any survivor from the house of Jonathan, who himself was a friend of David and had saved his life a number of times from the onslaught by Saul, the then King of Israel. You will see that even in that moment when Mephibosheth was before the King, he was so much lacking confidence in himself such that on 2 Samuel 9:8 he says, “…What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?”. This statement clearly shows that indeed this young man had seen a lot of downgrading in life. 

In the very end, King David showed MAXIMUM GRACE to Mephibosheth and allowed him access to the King’s house and table. In the process he also restored him all the land that belonged to King Saul. 

You might be there somewhere, somehow… and every time you look at yourself you just feel like a useless person because of all that you have gone through. REMEMBER that in the case of Mephibosheth the disability came as a result of having been mistakenly dropped down by the maid; and you could be in the same situation where someone like your mother, pastor, wife, husband, sister, brother, girlfriend, boyfriend, neighbour; dropped you down, either by mistake or intentionally, and from that day you became a “crippled soul”. 

MAXIMUM GRACE: The Story Of Mephibosheth

REMEMBER also that in the case of Mephibosheth, he did nothing himself to earn all that favour and grace. Instead, Jonathan his father had “paid the price” through his good deeds to King David earlier on in their lives. In your case you have JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. HE HIMSELF paid your price in full on the cross at Calvary. You don’t need to pay anything extra. JUST BELIEVE in Him and maximum grace is all yours to enjoy. 

King David overcome Goliath through the grace of God, Mary was chosen to give birth to the Messiah by the grace of God, Mephibosheth was given back the land of his fathers through the grace of God. What about you? You could have been abused or orphaned, looked down upon; you are a thief, murderer, drug addict, prostitute, liar. Within all that madness and confusion, Jesus Christ is saying please come to me and I will show you MAXIMUM GRACE. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above what we think or imagine… HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST. 
Receive MAXIMUM GRACE in the name of Jesus Christ.

Kabod Youth Festival (Season IV) || Evening Service || Friday 11 December 2015 
Message Delivered By: Bishop (Apostle) Pride Sibiya (www.pridesibiya.com)
Founder and President of Glory Ministries (www.glorymin.net)
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