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The Destruction of Shame
by Terry Barlow
04/08/14
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In the second book of the prophet Samuel chapter 9 appears a wonderful story of a lame son of Jonathan named Mephibosheth, a story which still speaks so much to us today because of the types there that apply directly to us. Mephibosheth had been accidentally dropped on the floor as an infant by an attendant. David, because of his covenant love and commitment to his dead friend Jonathan (1 Samuel 18, v1-4, 1 Samuel 20, v.15) was looking for a way to show kindness to the family of Saul, Jonathan's father. Ziba, a servant of Saul's family responds and says that there is a family member who is alive and in need of that kindness, and that family member is Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth, who had such little hope that he thought of himself as a "dead dog" was living in obscurity in a place called Lodebar (means "without pasture), and when Ziba brought him to David he must have been shocked to find out that David wanted to restore to him his grandfather Saul's land (restore his "pasture') and honor him as a permanent guest at his own dining room table! This lame man is a perfect parallel to us in New Testament times who are also lame in a spiritual sense and unable to help or save ourselves, or walk out of our own pit of despair. But because we have been claimed in covenant by Jesus (represented by Jonathan), God the Father (represented by King David) who is committed in covenant to His Son Jesus and for the sake of His love for Jesus, calls us to His table by the help of drawing of the Holy Spirit (represented by Ziba, the servant) Because we are spiritual kin to Jesus through having been born again or regenerated, we are able to benefit from all that is due Jesus in His perfection. When Jesus found us many of us had poor images of ourselves like Mephibosheth did, seeing ourselves as animals or insects and therefore being perceived that way by others. For it is a sure thing that the people around us will tend to see and experience us as we see and experience ourselves. But Jesus came along and cleansed us with his own blood and told us that he sees us perfect and forgiven through the lens of that sacrificial blood. Jesus goes on to teach us to see ourselves and others that same way, through the lens of his sacrificial blood. He gives us ample opportunity to practice this new outlook on ourselves and others by seating us with Him in heavenly places where He reigns even now over the universe. Little by little Mephibosheth began to see himself as royalty since day by day he dined with a king on a king's food and fare. It began to sink into his awareness and even his unconscious mind that he had royal blood in his veins. And he did; after all, he was the grandson of a king! He himself was a prince indeed. He had Ziba with 35 servants at his beck and call, even as we have the Holy Spirit and the angels to assist us as heirs of salvation. As strength and hope continued to well up within him as he daily enjoyed the kings favor he found the desire and ability to father a son named Mica (means like Jehovah). His pasture was green and His life was becoming fruitful and productive again, he was finding new purpose to live and have impact in David's kingdom. The same happens to us as daily we feed on the Word in the presence and favor of the King of Kings, there we find life and purpose, and become fruitful and reproduce ourselves and make an impact in God's kingdom! There whatever residue of shame remains in our lives about the past is cleansed once and for all. The dead dogs are buried forever! In this regard it's no accident that the name Mephibosheth means "destruction of shame", because that's exactly what took place for the glory of God!



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