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Topic: CLUMSY (04/11/19)
- TITLE: Summoned to the King
By Dave Walker
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His nursemaid was in a hurry, acting in fear. Thinking someone was coming to harm him, she grabbed him and hurried away; but she stumbled on the stairs and he slipped from her grip. There were no bannisters to stop his fall.
It was the death of his father and grandfather that caused her panic. His grandfather was king, and she thought the newly appointed king might annihilate all his family members so no-one could challenge his rule. So, she hid him...But the king sought him out.
He was a young man when there was a knock on the door. Machir, the man hiding him, opened it to the king's soldiers.
"You have a man named Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan here?"
Machir nodded slowly.
"We have orders to bring him to the palace."
His heart pounding with dread, unable to walk, and with no-one helping him, He crawled into the presence of the king and bowed low, expecting to die. The king's voice was strong and commanding. "You are Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan?"
He answered from a dry mouth and a tongue that moved clumsily in it. "Y-e-s, your Majesty."
"Your father was a great man." He felt a stab of pride, in spite of his terror as the king continued. "We made a blood covenant together. Do you understand what that means?"
He barely heard the words, so great was his fear. He could only croak, waiting for the order to kill him, "I am as a dead dog before you." (2Sam 9:8)
Ignoring his stammering, King David continued. "It means what's mine was his and what's his is mine."
He paused to let it penetrate. "It means for Jonathan's sake, you're now as a son to me." His eyes softened. " How, having loved your father so much, can I not love you, who were so dear to him?"
His servants raised Mephibosheth from the floor and seated him beside the king. From then, his life changed.
Yes, he was a cripple, because of someone’s clumsiness, yet he was honoured by King David. He had land, with thirty-five servants to work it and look after him; He dined sumptuously at the king's table each day and slept in peace between silk sheets.
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I was a cripple, through my ancestors' clumsy handling of the commands of God. Though I was yet to be born, in my mind's eye I hear the seductive whispers, "You will not die... You will be like God." I sense the hesitation, then the careless disregard for the truth spoken by a God who walked with them in the cool of the evening. I hear the crunch of that first bite and the searing pain in their spirits as they dropped all mankind into a spiritual void. The peace of God and sense of His presence dissolved. I see their crippled spirits hiding in fear, lest He slay them.
That's my inheritance. I, too, handled the words of God carelessly. At times, I made clumsy, futile stabs at truth, without God or His Word for reference. At others, I guessed in a blundering, half-hearted way at the nature of God. And got it wrong. Afraid He would come at me with condemnation and vindictiveness, I hid in fear, a crippled fugitive.
Yet the God of history brought Mephibosheth into King David's grace as a concrete example to us of His dealings with us.
When the King of Heaven arrested me, I came trembling, until I heard the words of the Father. "I have a Son whom I love. He loves you so much that He died for you. How, loving Him as I do, can I not love you, who are so dear to Him?" He raised me to my feet and seated me in His light.
Now, as His son I feast at His table, seated with Him in heavenly places. There is room there for all Mephibosheths.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil and my cup runs over. (Ps 23:5)
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