Lo-debar. A tiny village on the outskirts of the Jordan which you would not even realize was there without a map. Dirty – small – insignificant – forsaken. The very name means “A place without a pasture”. There is nothing there. No one of importance ever goes there – let alone lives there. But there is someone… a small crippled man named Mephibosheth. He doesn’t know it – but he is attached to a promise.

Remember when David was fleeing King Saul back in 1 Sam 18? It was at that time when he made a covenant with Saul’s son, Jonathon. “And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, even his sword, his bow, and his girdle. “– 1 Sam 18:4. A prince gives a servant all that he has of value. A promise is made between those two friends. Jonathon requests of David “you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever—no, not even when the Lord has cut off every enemy of David from the face of the earth” 1 Sam 20:8.

Two friends – making a promise – never to see each other alive again.  Do you remember that?

David remembered…

So in our chapter reading today from 2 Sam 9 – we see the now fully established King David seeking to find out if anyone from the “house of Saul” is still alive so that he can fulfill that long-ago promise and provide for that individual “for Jonathon’s sake”.

For Jonathon’s sake. Because of him and a promise.

So the only member alive is a lone son – crippled as a young boy – now living in the slums of the kingdom – Lo-debar – a place with no pasture, no future, no hope.

King David (true to his promise) has Mephibosheth brought to the palace in Jerusalem. He bathes him – dresses him in fine robes of purple (royalty) – and sets him at his own table to eat. He give shim provision for the future – never to starve in the mud again.

From King David – Mephibosheth received:

    • The PEACE of Jerusalem in exchange for the filth of Lo-debar.

    • The POSITION of family in exchange for that of an enemy.

    • The PROVISION of royalty in exchange for poverty.

    • The PRIVILEGE of the King’s table in exchange for scraps.

    • The PROMISE of a future in the castle in exchange for hopelessness in Lo-debar.

All for Jonathon’s sake.

Which brings us to you and I. Once we lived in Lo-debar. Wallowing in mud – imprisoned and condemned by our past – crippled by life’s circumstances. But God lifted us out of that “place with no pasture” and brought us to green pastures (Psalm 23). He bathed us in water (Eph 5:26) – washed us clean (Rev. 7:14) – put a purple robe on our shoulders (Isaiah 61:10) – and seated us at His table (Luke 14).

We have all been offered:

    • PEACE instead of fear. (Prov. 1:33)

    • POSITION as adopted children of God. (Eph 1:4-5)

    • PROVISION in abundance. (Jer 29:11)

    • PRIVILEGE at the King’s table. (Luke 14)

    • PROMISE of a successful future. (2 Peter 1:4)

All for Jesus’ sake.

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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