Saturday 2/22/14 Pastor Loran We Must Believe in God!
II Samuel 9:1-13
We must believe in God and in Jesus who He sent. Nothing else is requested of us. If we believe this, we will live forever. In the Old Testament, King David asked if there was anyone left of Saulís household that he may be kind to. David longed for his best friend Johnathan, Saulís son, who was dead. David wanted to show his kindness to any family of Saulís because he loved Johnathan and he was showing kindness for his sake. There was a son of Johnathan living in the land of Lodebar. Lodebar was a place of desolation. Mephibosheth was the son that was lame in his legs. When he was brought to David, he was scared. He thought the new King David would kill him because he was Saulís grandson. He thought he was going to the palace to be beheaded for the sins of his grandfather. David told him do not fear. God also tells us to not fear. He cannot stand it when his children live in fear. King David told Mephibosheth that he would restore all of his fatherís riches to him and that he would eat at the Kingís table.
This is like our salvation that God gives to us. God shows us kindness for Jesusís sake. David showed Mephibosheth kindness for Johnathanís sake. Everything we have today from God: our food, our safety, our position we have in Heaven, is because of Jesusís sake. God is to restore our stuff to us and let us eat at His table. Mephibosheth was lame in both his legs and feet. Sometimes God lets you remain crippled, scarred and lame so you donít forget what Godís mercy has done for you. To be able to sit at Godís table is a gift that only God can give. Sometimes Christians are limping in their life so they will remember that we are saved for Jesusís sake.
Jesus went to a dry, barren land and found us. He brought us back to his table. It is for Jesusís sake that we are eating at the Kingís table. For Johnathanís sake, Mephibosheth ate
at the kings table. For Jesusís sake, we eat at Godís table. Now under the table, Mehibosheth was still lame. When people came into the room where he sat, they could not see his lameness that was under the table. We ourselves know our own weakness and lameness that is under the table where nobody can see. Mephibosheth ate at the kingíís table still lame and still needing help to walk. We also need help everyday even though we eat at the kings table. God, who is rich in mercy, lets us sit and eat. That is salvationÖthe continual eating with God. We are continually being blessed by the Word for Jesusís sake. We enjoy salvation tonight for Jesusís sake! We should all say to Jesus that we want His approval and His presence. It is not the stuff that He promises us that is the most important! It is having His hand and His favor on us.
We should live for Jesus so we can enjoy life at the Kingís Table for Jesusís sake!!