2 Samuel 9-19, Reminders From The Life Of Mephibosheth
1. Remember To Accept God’s Kindness Continually (2 Samuel 9)
2. Remember That Your Advocate Protects You (2 Samuel 16)
3. Remember To Stay Loyal To The King (2 Samuel 19)
4. Remember That Your Inheritance Cannot Be Diminished (2 Samuel 19)
2 Samuel 9-19, Reminders From The Life Of Mephibosheth
2 Samuel 9-19, Reminders From The Life Of Mephibosheth
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Well, as we're working our way through the Bible in three years, we find ourselves in the book of Second Samuel and reading through the life of David, really coming to a conclusion of the Kingdom of David, and he's going to be transitioning now into the Kingdom of Solomon as we head into First Kings this week, and so some exciting things, some great.
Things, but as I was praying over the chapters we read this week I'm going back a little bit farther than what we read this week to really focus on.
On the life of Mephibosheth, and the word really just stirred up some things and highlighted some things, and so we're going to look at a couple different chapters this morning, not in their entire T, but a few different portions that talk about and address who mephibosheth is, and some of the things that happened to him.
And so I've titled the message this morning.
Reminders from the life of mephibosheth.
Reminders from the life.
Now reminders are really important for us.
I would remind you as we talk about reminders, what reminders are.
Reminders are for things that you know.
But tend to forget the moment that it's important you go to the grocery store.
You know you need to.
Get milk, but.
You forget when you're at the grocery store if you don't have the reminder.
If you don't have the list.
If you don't have the pop up alerts on your device, you you forget and and it's not that you suddenly get an alert and says you need milk and you're like I never knew that right?
No reminder is something you know it's not new information.
It's not a surprise, but it's.
Something you know but.
Or maybe your spouse.
Would say, conveniently, forget right?
It's something you know, but is not always present when you need it the most.
It's not on the top of your mind when you need it the most, and I think as we look at the life of mephibosheth, there's some great truths to draw from.
The parallels between him and us in our relationship to the Lord, and there is this great picture that's painted there with King David picturing for us Jesus.
And as David shows this incredible kindness to mephibosheth, we see the kindness that God has demonstrated to us through Jesus in.
The giving to us the opportunity for forgiveness and redemption and life with him, and we spent a lot of time on that a few weeks back and studied pretty in depth.
The the Chapter 9 here of 2nd.
No, but looking at it from myth perspective for a little bit this morning there's just a few things I I think that would be helpful for us to remind us, not necessarily new information, not surprising truths that we need to pull out of this, but but reminders because there are things that we forget things that we know.
And and when we forget them, well, it's to our detriment when we let those things go we we miss out on things that God has for us and things that God wants for us.
And so we need to be refreshed and renewed in some of these things that God has done for us.
And so we're going to look at 4 reminders from the life of mephibosheth this morning, starting here in chapter nine of Second Samuel and looking specifically at verse 13. Here's point number one, remember to accept God's kindness?
Continually remember to accept God kindness continually. Here's what it says. Second Samuel Chapter 9 verse 13. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the King's table, and he was lame in both his feet.
Here we get the conclusion of the chapter second Samuel 9 and the end of the story that the end result is mephibosheth dwells in Jerusalem, eating at the King's table continually, now, just to set the context. If you haven't been journeying with us through the Bible in three years and through second.
This is under the Kingdom of David, who has become king after Israel's first King, Saul and Saul, of course, was called by God to be king, but then disobeyed and rebelled against God.
Every opportunity he got, he reigned for 40 years and.
All the while.
Really persecuted and tried to destroy David.
And prevent David from taking the throne, but God's will was accomplished. God, we was seen as David is elevated to the position of authority. He is set up as king over Judah and Israel.
But he had a friend whose name is Jonathan. It was Saul's son Jonathan, and Jonathan recognized that David was the one who was to be king instead of him.
It should have been Jonathan if you would have followed the the normal progression of a monarchy, it would have been Jonathan who was to be king, but Jonathan recognized no.
David is called by God to be king.
This is God's work. He's anointed to be king. And so Jonathan.
Had a friendship with David and the Faith and trust that they shared in the Lord, and the endeavor to see God plan accomplished.
They were knitted together.
They were joined together, and so Jonathan and David made avowed together, Jonathan said, look, I'm with you.
I know that God called you to be king.
Here's my request.
Here's what I ask you to promise me.
Be kind to my family because the normal thing to do for a new king that was from a different dynasty was to wipe out the previous family to make sure there was no competition for the throne that no one would come back and try to lead a revolt and say, hey, the throne belongs to me.
That was the traditional thing to do in the society around them.
And so Jonathan says please David, for for my sake.
He shared this, and this vow is made with the expectation that Jonathan would be alive at the time.
It turns out Jonathan was killed with his father in battle and so when David takes the throne, he doesn't do what's traditional.
He shows kindness to Saul's family. He doesn't just wipe them out. In fact, here in chapter nine we see him seek out.
He says I.
I need to find someone that I can fulfill this vow towards and.
He calls up Ziba, the servant of Saul, and says, hey, is there is there any servants or not servants but family of Saul left that I can show this kindness to, and Ziva says, yeah, there's mephibosheth.
He's essentially hiding out in lodebar. He's hiding out there in this guy's house. Just kind of live in a low key life, not doing much.
Being behind the scenes a little bit under the radar.
But he's there and David brings him.
He tells him, don't fear mephibosheth, I want to show you great kindness on behalf.
Of your father.
Jonathan and we also know from Second Samuel chapter four that Mephibosheth is lame, because on the day that his father Jonathan died, the nursemaid was rushing to get him to safety and she tripped and fell and he fell.
And his legs were damaged and so he was not very mobile as a result and he had issues with his legs for the rest of his life.
And so we find mephibosheth this great picture for us.
Someone who is lame.
Unable to help themselves really in danger of execution and able to be wiped out at any time.
But here is this benevolent King who reaches down and shows kindness on behalf of a covenant, not a covenant to mephibosheth.
The covenant that Mephibosheth really had no part of, but.
He's the recipient of the kindness of David and the Covenant that he had toward.
Kids Jonathan and we can picture here the the father and the son, and the covenant.
For those who believe in Jesus and the kindness shown to those lame people called sinners, who have no way to help themselves, and no way to provide for themselves.
But but are able to receive this kindness and receive what it is that God has given to us.
And so mephibosheth paints this picture nicely for us, receiving the kindness of God, receiving the kindness of David.
You can see in the chapter that Mephibosheth felt unworthy.
He recognized this wasn't something I deserved or earned.
Take a look at her seven and eight here in second Samuel 9 David said to him, do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father.
Seek and will restore to you all the land of saw your grandfather, and you shall eat bread at my table continually.
Then he bowed himself and said, what is your servant, that you should look upon such?
A dead dog as I.
My favorite chef has.
A humble view of himself, he says, look, I'm as good as dead.
He says that in other passages as well.
Again, the normal thing.
Wipe out the family of the previous king so that there's no threats, no competitions.
It would not be normal for a king to entertain a descendant of his predecessor at his table every day.
It would not be a normal thing for a king to bring in and allow someone who is lame or deformed into his presence on a normal or ongoing basis.
Like everything about this really illustrates this.
This opportunity that we have as believers to come into the presence of God.
Although we're unworthy, although we're undeserving, although we're lame and messed up.
But another aspect that really kind of stood out to me as I was meditating on these things this.
This week is that Mephibosheth was hiding out.
David had to go in search for him.
He was hiding out in obscurity.
David didn't know about him because he was laying low now, this was Jonathan's son David great friend.
Yet David didn't know about him.
It was off his radar, he.
He didn't know that anyone had survived.
But there is more fybush F at some guys house.
He's not in in his own house.
He's not in his own property.
He's not in his own space.
He's at some guys house the House of Mekira says in verse 5.
And this place called lodebar lodebar literally means not a pasture, so you know, diva is a shepherd.
He'd hang out in pastures, perhaps like he's like hiding out in the places where David wouldn't find him, where he wouldn't be discovered.
It was just a low key, obscure place.
To hide out.
And so David has to go searching for him.
He has to call up Ziva and say, hey, is there anyone left?
David says when he finds out about him, go get him.
And and Mephibosheth came.
He must have been expecting execution.
But instead David says, hey, all of Saul's property method be chef. It belongs to you, I'm giving it.
And that would have been rightfully his.
The inheritance would have passed to him, the.
Eldest survivor of Saul's eldest son.
What had passed from salt to Jonathan from Jonathan to Mephibosheth?
But Matthews had didn't have those lands.
He was spending time at staying at some guys house, not on his own property, not on the property that was rightfully his.
But instead he was.
Sharing somebody elses house.
And living at somebody elses mercy.
Essentially, Pastor David Guzik points out Mephibosheth knew about these lands all along, but was afraid to take possession of them because it would expose him before the king.
The dilemma for mephibosheth you could imagine is if I try to claim what's rightfully mine.
So he had a lot of property, right?
He he had a lot of.
Things that could have provided for mephibosheth and taking care of him.
He could have had a pretty nice life.
With that inheritance, but but he didn't claim that inheritance.
He didn't seek to possess that inheritance.
Because that would expose him.
As the well, the next real threat to the Kingdom.
The descendant of Jonathan again, the eldest son of the eldest son of King Saul.
Now David's intent.
Was to show kindness, but Mephibosheth he he had no guarantee of that.
He had no way of knowing that.
So he's hiding out.
That's probably the smart thing to do.
It's probably the.
Right thing to do.
Until he learned.
Of the kindness of David.
Until he learned of David's heart and the covenant that was made.
Now mephibosheth, there's no need for you to hide out.
Made sense before, you didn't know, but now you understand you've had a connection with.
You've encountered this benevolent king.
And so we find him respond in verse 13 and he is in the King's presence continually.
Before he was unable to possess what was rightfully his because he was hiding from David.
But now he's able to possess what's rightfully his as well as have access to the king on an ongoing and continual basis.
This picture here paints for us.
This great reminder.
That we must.
Like mephibosheth, change our behavior.
Change our relationship to God once we encounter.
His kindness once we learn of his covenant, we learn about his desires for us.
And it should cause us to change forever.
The way that we relate to him remember to accept God's kindness continually.
You know as believers we.
Accepted God's kindness for salvation.
Some time ago, whatever length of time that is differs between us.
So we know about God kindness.
We've had that first encounter with the Lord as believers.
But at the same time, a reminder is something not that is new information, not that is something we don't know, but a reminder is something that we know, but.
Have forgotten it's it's there to stir up something we know to.
To bring that to the forefront of our mind once again.
And I think this is something important for us to consider as believers.
That we don't just accept God's kindness at the beginning of a relationship with God.
We don't just believe in Jesus initially and accept what he did for us upon the cross and and we received that and we rejoice and celebrate in that and were forgiven and cleansed by faith in Jesus Christ.
And then that's the end of it.
But that there is the need for this ongoing, continual, accepting and receiving of God's kindness. Again in verse 13.
It tells us that Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem.
You see Mephibosheth made a change.
He didn't dwell in this guys house and load the bar anymore.
He didn't even move into the property that he now owned that was given to him by David.
The inheritance that was rightfully his.
He dwelt in Jerusalem.
He moved to Jerusalem.
Listen, if I'm going to.
Received the kindness of daily provision from David.
I need to be right there where I'm accessible where, where I can go to David and and spend time and have the meals with David in an easy way and not make it a obstacle for me to get over in order to get to Jerusalem to dwell.
Or to eat at the King's table.
He continually, at the King's table. He said. I'm accepting David's offer to the Max.
Like I'm not just going to come by once in a while, you know, maybe once or twice a year I'll come and enjoy a meal at the King's table.
Maximus had could have done that.
He could have stayed on his own lands.
Xibo is managing his property been provided for have servants taking care of him.
He could have lived a nice life on his own property, benefiting from his own provisions.
But he said no.
I'm not going to do that, I'm going.
To live in Jerusalem.
I'm going to move so close that there's no barriers, no distance, no obstacles between me and the Kings table.
I want to remove as much as possible any excuses that I might have later on.
I don't want to make the journey I have no servant to help me get there like I want to remove all of those things and I I just the priority is I want to make sure that I have.
That meal with David every day.
I think this provides for us.
A really good example in approaching our relationship with God.
That we would not just accept God's kindness at the beginning or once in a while, but that we would change our life and move ourselves to a place where we can continually eat at the at the King's table that we can continually accept his kindness that we would change up our surroundings. Change up.
Anything that needs to be changed so that we can experience in an ongoing way.
The kindness of God the the provisions of God, the mercies of God, the goodness of God.
So that I can come and get help from God at any time.
That I can come ask him, hey, will you show me some kindness today?
There's an empty table before me.
Can you fill the table?
I need some help.
Come get peace come get direction.
Come get whatever you need.
Move to Jerusalem in such a way. Move your life around in such a way that you have this ongoing and continual access to God to accept God's kindness, to receive from him all that he has for you and all that he desires for you.
On this thought, think about what Jesus said in Luke chapter 19.
As he encourages us to ask, seek.
Luke Chapter 11 verse nine.
I say to you ask and it.
Will be given to.
You seek and you will find knock.
And it will be open to you, and I'm sure you've heard.
You know the Greek.
It's in the present tense.
To ask doesn't just mean to ask one time back at the beginning when you first believed in Jesus, you asked for his kindness and you received it.
And then that's it.
And keep on asking.
When it says to seek, it's not indicating A1 time thing or once in a lifetime opportunity or occasion, but it's an ongoing daily keep on seeking knock. It means to keep on knocking. There is this ongoing pursuit.
Of God, this ongoing pursuit of receiving from God.
What he has all of these things are.
Receiving type words asking seeking knocking it's.
It's looking to receive from God.
I'm asking I'm seeking I'm knocking because God has kindness to show me.
God has what I need.
God has what?
We're desperate for.
And so we need to remember.
To accept God kindness continually.
To keep coming back, seeking knocking, keep coming back to the table.
Keep coming back to sit in the presence of the Lord keep coming back to ask God for help.
But this struggle with that struggle with this relationship with this situation, that that we would continue to draw upon the Lord to reach out for the Lord and rely.
Upon the Lord.
Again, Mephibosheth didn't come just for a one time feat.
She didn't just come for a once a year celebration.
He didn't just come once a month for, you know, their monthly dinner festival, they.
He came, he arranged his life in such a way that he could be there every day continually.
To accept God's kindness continually.
Move to Jerusalem.
Maybe set yourself up.
We all have reminders on our digital devices.
What's interesting about our digital devices is.
From a marketing perspective, I understand.
There's a great desire to get your attention.
And so companies are.
Manipulating, striving, fighting, paying, doing all kinds of stuff to get your attention and every app in the world and every website you visit wants to send you notifications.
And you're familiar with this, right?
You get notifications all the time.
To distract you that take you out of.
Something that God wants.
To do perhaps.
Flip things around.
Start to use that to your advantage, and maybe consider setting up a reminder.
To help you remember to accept God's kindness.
How often do you need that reminder? It's information you know you've believed in Jesus. How often do you need that reminder though to accept God's kindness to eat at the King's table continually?
Maybe three times a day.
I don't know.
You can set your own reminders, but I would encourage you to consider that you know what it's like to try to spend some time in the world or spend time in prayer and then notifications on your device.
Take you out of the moment and distract you from what you were endeavoring to do right?
Flip it around.
And if you need help managing your notifications, I can help you.
We'll turn them all off except for these kind that that trigger you to pursue the Lord and draw near to the Lord and move forward in a relationship with the Lord.
Maybe you need to literally.
Set yourself up a reminder now maybe it's not on your digital vice.
Maybe there's other ways that you can do this in your life, but for mephibosheth, that meant packing up his stuff, moving out of lobot, load the bar, and living in jerusa.
11 for you, however, that means for you where you live, your life, that you have access to the Kings Table continually, that you can receive from God all the kindness that he has for you.
Well, a couple more reminders to consider, so that here's #2 we're going to jump now to second Samuel chapter 16. You can turn over there.
Remember that your advocate protects you.
Remember that your advocate protects you.
Of course, there's much more things that we could consider in Chapter 9 much more about mephibosheth, but just hitting a few highlights here from the life of Mephibosheth to give us an example of some things that we need to remember and hold onto, and one of those things.
Is that you have an advocate?
You have a defence attorney.
You have a protector and he is on your side and always working on your behalf.
Something that the fybush F needed, but here in second Samuel Chapter 16 we see that he really didn't have and so here we're not looking at the example of mephibosheth as a.
Perfect example for us, but highlighting and illustrating a weakness.
A deficit to help us consider what we do have in Christ.
Second Samuel chapter 16.
Let's look at verses one through 4.
Here's what it says.
When David was a little past the top of the mountain, there was Ziba, the servant of Mephibosheth, who met him with a couple of saddled donkeys, and on them 200 loaves of bread, 100 clusters of raisins, 100 summer fruits, and a skin of wine.
And the king said to Ziba, what do you mean to do with these?
So Ziba said the donkeys are for the King's household to ride on the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who are faint in the wilderness to drink.
Then the king said, and.
Where is your master's son?
And Ziba said to the king, indeed he is staying in Jerusalem.
For he said today, the House of Israel will restore the Kingdom of my father to me.
So the king said to Ziba, here, all that belongs to mephibosheth is yours.
And Ziba said, I humbly bowed before you, that I may find favor in your sight, my Lord, O King.
And we also touched on this passage a couple weeks ago, considering the exodus of David from Jerusalem, while he's fleeing from Absalom who.
Led an insurrection and taken over the Kingdom.
David son Absalom, tried to overthrow David David, packs up leaves Jerusalem in order to strategically regather, regroup and try to address the situation and see what God wants to do.
Through the midst of.
But as he's exiting Jerusalem.
Again, there's all this emotion. There's all this drama. There's all of this huge stuff happening in David's life, but he encounters Ziba, the same servant that helped him find mephibosheth years previously.
He encounters Ziva.
Ziva has a bunch of provisions and supplies for the King and his family.
Probably a great relief.
A great comfort to David as he encounters Ziva and all of these things that would be necessary for them as they're on the run into the wilderness.
But David notices the absence of Mephibosheth.
Zeb is there, the servants there he's now mephibosheth servant.
Ziva's there but Mephibosheth is not there, and so David says.
What happens if a where where's Matthew Bush at?
And the famous chef tells David.
I'm sorry Ziva tells David that Mephibosheth stayed behind in Jerusalem.
With the understanding with the thinking that.
Absalom overthrew David in order to give.
The Kingdom to Mephibosheth.
It's quite a leap of an argument if you ask me to to think that he would stay behind in that way, thinking that Absalom would overthrow the Kingdom not to hold on to the power himself, but to give it to Matthew Booth.
It's not a real logical explanation for Mephibosheth absence, but it's the ones Eva gives.
And in the moment again, it's emotional.
It's a crisis, it's urgent.
There's this relief that Zybez provided.
And so David believes it.
He buys the story.
And says, WOW, can't believe Mephibosheth would betray me like that.
I'm taking back everything I ever gave to him and Ziba.
I'm giving it to you.
It's all yours now.
You have the whole thing.
And so we find David yanked back the gift that he had once given to mephibosheth.
At the word of Ziba, at this accusation that was leveled against him, without hearing the other side without, you know, getting a a full understanding of the situation, David just makes a decision.
And now Ziba possesses all that once was.
Is the finish adds.
Of a single accusation.
Now, I don't believe this accusation to be true.
We'll see in chapter 19 in a few moments when we get there.
Mephibosheth comes and gives his side of the story.
Much makes a lot more sense.
Fits together with the the pieces much better.
We'll get to that, but just considering here this accusation that is given.
It's a false accusation, probably.
But David believes it responds to.
It is fooled by it, presuming it's a lie.
And now all of Mephibosheth's property, everything that he had received is now gone.
This is a place where Mephibosheth could have really used an advocate.
Someone alongside David to step in and say whoa, whoa, whoa whoa.
Hold on like this is one person word.
This is 1 accusation.
There's nothing in Mephibosheth history that would indicate any of this.
His character is not like this.
This doesn't line up with anything we know about.
Then like we need to not make a decision right now David and hold off until the facts can be arranged right like David needed.
Or mephibosheth needed someone like that to really intervene in the situation, but there was no such advocate there, and so there's a bit of a contrast in this picture.
The Bishop didn't have an advocate.
But you and I as we consider this, we need to understand we do have an advocate.
John tells us in first John Chapter 2.
My little children.
These things I write to.
You so that you may not sin, and if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
He himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.
John says I want you to know I'm writing this to you.
So that you know you have an advocate.
I'm writing it to you to try to help you.
Grow out of these habitual sins that these sinful practices that you're engaged in.
I'm I'm writing to you to help you go in a path forward towards holiness and righteousness, but understanding.
Also, you're going to fall.
There's going to be still sin issues in your life, and so here's what you need to know.
Even when you fall.
Even when you fail, you have an advocate with the father.
The Bishop didn't have an advocate he didn't have.
Someone to stand in the gap and defend him before David.
But we do we have.
Jesus himself, who is the propitiation who took the full penalty for our sin, who loves us so much that he was willing to receive the judgment that we deserve.
He's our advocate.
He's the one who stands on our behalf.
Who is our defence?
To make sure that we are protected.
The FIBA said didn't have an advocate, but he did have an accuser.
And that's another thing where we are aligned.
Ziba, the accuser against Mephibosheth.
Pictures for us.
Our enemy, the enemy of our soul, Satan.
Who is the accuser?
Of the brethren.
Revelation chapter 12, verse 10, talks about this.
When Satan is cast down from heaven.
He's referred to there at the end of verse 10.
As the one who accused them before our God day and night.
Satan is the one who accuses the brethren.
He accuses, he lobbies.
Before the throne against us.
We can see this pictured very clearly in the Book of Job.
Job chapters one and two.
Satan walking right into the presence of God.
Making all kinds of accusations against job.
Now, in the case of Ziva and Mephibosheth.
The accusation was.
If you believe me.
You can argue differently, but.
I think it's safe to say it was a lie.
This was a false accusation.
What's interesting about this parallel and considering it is that you know the enemy doesn't have to use false accusations against us.
He's got the real thing.
He's got real issues because you really.
Did think that thought.
And you really did have that attitude in your heart and you really did step in that activity.
And in that direction, in violation of what God has said.
Like there is real thin in our hearts and in our lives.
When Satan was accusing job.
Before God, he didn't have to lie about.
Job he just.
Had to accuse him of his bad motivations.
Now Satan ended up being proven wrong in that.
And perhaps there's accusations that the enemy levies against us that are wrong also.
But at the same time.
Going back to first John Chapter 2, the point is when we do sin.
And there is a real accusation to be brought forth.
And the enemy can lay that before the Lord and say, look how terrible this person is.
Look how wicked their heart is, look what's going on in their minds.
Look at the things that they're engaged in.
There is some despicable behavior here.
And John says that's when you need to know you have an advocate with the father.
And no matter what's happened in your heart, no matter what's happened in your mind, no matter what activity you've been engaged in.
You have an advocate that protects you as a believer in Jesus.
As one who is trusted in his completed work upon the cross.
You are forgiven and you stand righteous, not because you never have those thoughts or issues or struggles you stand righteous before God because.
Of what Christ has done for you, and the righteousness that he accomplished for you on your behalf at the cross.
So you have an advocate, even when the accusations.
Pastor Warren Risby says even today Satan has access to heaven, where he accuses God people, but he cannot dethrone the exalted savior.
His strategy is to persecute God, people and devour them if possible.
This is important to remember because many times.
We behave inappropriately.
Toward the guilt that we have after we're aware of us in situation after an issue has presented itself, and we're aware of it.
We allow it to be an occasion for the.
Enemy to devour us.
This morning I would encourage you remember.
Your advocate protects you.
Yes, you did terrible things.
Yes, you thought terrible things, yes.
You have those things happening in your mind and in your heart.
And those might be true accusations that are being levied against you by the enemy.
But by faith in Jesus Christ, you still.
Have the opportunity.
To stand righteous before God.
To enter in to the presence of God.
Going back to the first point, to receive kindness from God to receive everything that you need from him.
We have a high priest who is tempted and all points as we are, so he's able to sympathize with our weaknesses.
He's able to understand, and so we can approach him with boldness with great confidence to ask for mercy and grace in times of need.
Roughly quoting from the Book of Hebrews there, and what is the times of need?
When do we need grace and mercy the most, when those accusations the enemy brings against us are true?
It doesn't have to be a lie, it can be a real accusation or real truth about how terrible we are and yet.
Our advocate protects us.
And he says no.
They're clothed in the righteousness of Christ, washed.
Thin casts as far as the east is.
From the West.
You know, sometimes we don't remember this.
And we walk around behaving as if.
God's out to get us and God wants to destroy us and God's upset with us and God.
Is done with us.
We walk around portraying this to believing this, walking and making decisions based on I blew it.
There's no recovery, you know I I need to spend, you know, a couple years in time out because I'm so guilty over this situation.
We we walk around and.
Remember how mephibosheth hid?
In Lodebar, and so he didn't.
He wasn't able to take possession of the land that was rightfully his.
This happens to us so many times.
Where we have failed, we have fallen short.
And so we don't come to God for help.
We don't ask God to bless us.
We don't seek the Lord.
We don't look for him to guide us or.
Direct us because we're punishing ourselves trying to compensate.
For some failure on our part.
We forget we have an advocate.
Who fights for us?
Who clothes us with righteousness.
You need to remember.
Again, this is not something you've never heard.
You don't know.
It's not a.
Surprise, but reminders are for things.
That you know.
But just forget.
When you really need to have it in mind when you really need to understand what's going on.
And so perhaps this is another occasion for you too.
Set a reminder.
Is there some?
Situation in your life where?
On a recurring basis, need to remember that you have an advocate?
To protect you.
Is there perhaps some?
Situation that happens regularly, maybe spouse.
You need to set yourself a reminder for right about the time you arrive at church.
'cause after you had your weekly fight with your spouse on the way to church.
You need to come into the church and and come in with a sense of.
There's a real accusation to be made.
Yes, I've messed up.
I've blown it.
But God wants to meet me here.
I want to bless this time of worship as I sing to him.
God wants to speak to me as we discover him in his word that there's a lot here I I need to not exclude myself and just walk in like, well, I'm not going to get anything out of this service.
'cause boy that was a humdinger fight, you know that me and the missus just had like.
It's just not going to expect anything now.
'cause I sure blew it.
Remember, you have an advocate.
You come back.
And you stand righteous before God by faith in Jesus Christ.
Don't forget that.
Don't miss out on the blessings that God has for you because you.
Have just failed to remember that even if the accusations are true, it doesn't matter.
That is the incredible grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus towards us that we have a new fresh opportunity as much as we come to him.
Confess your sin, he is faithful and just to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
And there's fresh and new multitude of opportunities.
To receive from the Lord to be blessed by the Lord, to meet with the Lord, to encounter.
The Lord to.
To have and maintain and possess all that he has for you.
This reminds me of the example of Peter, remember the Lord told Peter you're going to deny me this night before the Rooster Crows and Peter was confident and sure that's never going to happen.
Soon after that and the time of prayer in the garden in Matthew Chapter 26.
Jesus finds Peter sleeping.
He says Peter, you need to be praying.
I warned you there's there's a big temptation coming up.
There's a big chance an opportunity for.
You to fail.
You need to be watching and praying.
Your spirit is willing.
You have great thoughts and ideas and you're like.
I'm never going to.
Turn against the Lord, but but your flesh is weak.
You need to discipline your flesh and spend some time in prayer.
Fell back asleep.
But he had a advocate to protect.
Him even in.
His failure and denial of the Lord.
And the Lord knew it and advance.
When he told Peter about the whole situation in Luke Chapter 22, it tells us that Jesus says to Peter, I've prayed for you.
I know this is going to happen and you're going to be sifted like wheat, and you're going to fail miserably.
But he says when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren.
When you come back.
When you recover from this, when you get your head on straight and you remember that you have an advocate who protects you.
Come back and engage in what I have for you, and I think, really the.
The test of growth for us as believers is not how much we fail or how often we fail.
But I would suggest to you the test of growth for us is the distance of time it takes.
From us to fail.
To come back and enjoy the presence of the Lord provided to us by faith in Jesus Christ.
That it's not so much that we're going to stop sinning.
We know that's not going to be true, right?
Going to have struggles and issues.
And yes, the Lord will grow us out of it, but sometimes we get so caught up and discouraged about the issue that we feel like, well, I must not even be saved or anything.
No, here's here's what you really need to pay attention to.
It's not how much you fail, how often you fail, that's going to happen a lot, and in fact.
Hope this isn't breaking anybody you know shattering anybody reality, but it tends to happen more and more because God shows you more and more how much you fail and how much you're sinful and and you didn't even know that you were that sinful until you walk with the Lord a little bit longer.
And then he shows you and you're like.
Well, I thought I was getting better.
I'm getting worse and worse and worse, right?
Not whether you be called the apostle I'm I'm a Sinner like everybody else.
And then I'm the chief of sinners like the Lord continues to show me.
Yeah, my heart needs a lot of help.
And so the frequency of the issue is not so much the concern the the real concern is how long does it take you after you've failed after the accusation can be levied against you.
To return to the Lord and get back into the presence of the one who loves you so much that he died.
Upon the cross for you.
Don't forget, remember.
You have an advocate to protect you.
So that you have access to God, you have forgiveness by faith in him and confessing your sin.
You're able to be restored and renewed in your relationship with the Lord.
Well, the 3rd reminder to continue on looking at the life of Mashiba Seth, we're going to jump to second Samuel Chapter 19.
Here's reminder, #3 remember to stay loyal.
To the king.
Remember to stay loyal to the king.
So we saw in Chapter 16 David heading out of Jerusalem.
He's in the wilderness on the run.
Absalom is taking over in Chapter 19 the battles been fought, Absalom's been defeated, and David is on his way back into Jerusalem to resume ruling over the Kingdom. He's back now as King of Israel, and as he's on his way back in.
Similar to his way out, he's meeting a bunch of people and addressing a bunch of situations on his way back in.
He meets Mephibosheth, second Samuel chapter 19. Let's look at verses 24 through 26. Here's what it says.
Now Mephibosheth, the son of Saul, came down to meet the king.
And he had.
Not cared for his feet.
No trimmed his mustache, nor washed his clothes from the day the king departed until the day he returned in peace.
So it was when he had come to Jerusalem to meet the king that the king said to him, why?
Did you not go with me, mephibosheth?
And he answered my Lord, O King, my servant deceived me, for your servant said, I will saddle a donkey for myself, that I may ride on it and go to the king, because your servant is lame.
Here, Mafuba chef gets a chance to tell his side of the story as David meets up with him, he says he where were you mephibosheth?
I saw Ziba, I didn't see you.
Mephibosheth says I'm lame.
I depend on others and the one that I was depending on, he tricked me.
I had an idea.
He took it as his own.
He left without me and I was unable to do anything about it because I'm lame.
I was not evil.
To get ready and get saddled and to get out there with you quickly enough and so again, we have the other side of the story here you can.
Argue in your mind if you want to wrestle with who's telling the truth here, Mephibosheth or Ziba.
That's not really the point of me sharing this passage with you this morning.
The point is to consider verse 24.
It tells us that Mephibosheth openly mourned.
During the absence of David.
It says in verse 24 he had not cared for his feet nor trimmed his mustache.
Nor washed his clothes from the day the king departed until the day that he returned in peace.
Not a huge deal perhaps.
Not something like earth shattering in our mind as we read through this.
There was something about mephibosheth condition.
His feet needed care.
Not only was he lame, but.
Perhaps there was open wounds that were perpetual or something.
There was some kind of care that was needed.
We don't know exactly.
There was some kind of care that was needed and he had.
Not cared for his feet.
So his feet were now in worse condition than when David left his mustache was untrimmed.
He wasn't grooming himself any longer during this time.
His clothes were unwashed, which is another way of saying he stunk.
He he wasn't taking care of himself during this time.
This would have been a real risk.
From A-fib, a chef to take.
What he's doing is he is mourning Davids absence.
Publicly, in a way that is identifiable in a way that is recognizable.
Which really puts him at risk, because here is Absalom in the vicinity of Mephibosheth.
Because remember, my favorite chef moved to Jerusalem.
Now Absalom, the one who's overthrown David.
He's now in Jerusalem.
He is endeavoring to take David out and wipe him out.
He's not going to look favorably on someone who is openly mourning.
The loss of David.
That would not be expected.
That would not be normal.
And so here's mephibosheth.
He's openly mourning at the risk of his life.
But Fybush at seeing him.
Would likely kill him instantly.
People loyal to absolom.
Would report mephibosheth for open treason if they saw and recognized this is what was going on?
I don't know if it's helpful to you, but maybe you know you're picturing this in a movie type scene.
There's mephibosheth, it's obvious he's mourning.
His mustache is growing out.
His feet are uncared for he's stinky clothes.
The screen gets a little bit darker.
There's a darker tone now as.
The suspense begins to build.
There is Absalom.
Around the corner.
Is he going to be discovered?
Is he going to be caught?
The tense music goes in the background.
It starts to rise.
You know, like there's this tension that.
Did not embrace the new king.
Did not accept the new king, but publicly said.
I'm for King David.
It was expressed by his morning.
It was expressed by him being unkept in his appearance, but Mephibosheth was loyal.
To King David.
He was loyal to King David.
It was demonstrated by the way that he lived.
And So what I would suggest to you this morning is that we need.
To stop washing our clothes.
So that we can be proven loyal to.
Jesus, no, no, that's not what I'm saying.
That was the appropriate expression for Mephibosheth in his place.
I would suggest that there is, for us appropriate expressions.
To express our loyalty to God.
That will be different and distinct.
From the world around us.
There's tons of scriptures we could refer to to consider this.
But one, I'll share as an example, and you can research others on your own if you'd like to.
Luke chapter 12.
Jesus says, do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.
For all these things, the nations of the world seek after, and your father knows that.
You need these things.
But seek the Kingdom of God, and all these things.
Shall be added to you.
At this point I should apologize to Harvey for not using the Matthew 6 version of this passage, right?
But this one succinctly tells us there's a difference between the nations of the world and what they seek after, and what you and I as believers should be seeking after.
It should be pretty common and not a surprise when others around have an anxious mind over how they will be provided for, but the kids of the Kingdom Jesus says you don't need to be anxious about that.
You should look different.
You should not be anxious like the world around you is anxious about how you're going to be provided for what you're going to eat and what you're going to drink.
You don't need to be anxious about that.
You need to be stressed out and worried about that.
You should look different.
And so your loyalty to the king should express itself.
And a lack of worry.
About provisions, a lack of anxiety about your provisions.
Now this is not to negate all you know emotions as an invalid experience or anything like that.
But just to say look we.
We should not be approaching life the same way that the world around us does.
We have a different experience with life because.
We're loyal to our king.
We have a advocate to protect us so that we don't have to worry like OK, well maybe I didn't have to worry when I was doing OK, but then I messed up and sinned and failed.
And so you know now I have to worry because God's not going to provide for me now he's not going to bless me now I have to be anxious. I have to worry.
'cause I wasn't perfect last week.
You're loyal to the king.
You have an advocate with the father.
Let it be expressed in the way that you live.
Paul talks about walking differently, walking as sons of light instead of darkness like you used to be.
There's a change in our behavior, a change.
Comparing us to the world around us.
Remember to stay loyal to the king.
James tells us in James Chapter 4 friendship with the world is enmity against God.
We have to make a choice to choose friendship with the world or friendship with God.
And so the Lord would ask us to remember in those moments of choice.
To stay loyal to the king.
Do you have?
Occasions where you need to be reminded to stay loyal to the king.
Maybe you need to set up an actual reminder.
Every payday you need to be reminded, hey, you just got a bucket of resources provided to you.
Make sure you handle that well.
Maybe it's the middle between paydays, you know, that's when, like you're just stretching those last few pennies, they need the reminder.
Hey, don't be worried and anxious.
Like everybody else around you.
Maybe you need to live differently.
Maybe it's on Friday nights.
Maybe your loyalty to the king is going to be expressed itself expressing itself in the way that you behave around friends or family.
Again, this is not information that's.
New or surprising to us.
But it's information that we need to hold onto in those moments where we need it the most.
As we look at the life of mephibosheth, we get these great reminders. Well, the final one to consider also here in Chapter 19 is remember that your inheritance cannot be diminished. Remember, your inheritance cannot be diminished in verse 27 here of second Samuel 19.
Smith is continuing to talk.
He says he has slandered your servant to my Lord the king, but my Lord the king, is like the Angel of God.
Therefore, do what is good.
In your eyes, for all my father, house were but dead men before my Lord the king.
Yet you set your servants among those who eat at your own table.
Therefore, what right have I still to cry out anymore to the king verse?
29 notices. So the king said to him, why do you speak anymore of your matters? I have said, you and Ziba divide the land.
Then Mephibosheth said to the king rather let him take it all, and as much as my Lord the king has come back in peace to his own house.
As they continued this reunion, they kind of worked out the previous situation.
David believed the accusation gave everything to Ziva.
Here David says, OK, well, I don't know what to do here.
I'm just going to split it in half.
So mephibosheth here's half your property back again, not the perfect example for us.
In the example that the parallel or a picture of Jesus or or God in his relationship to us, it's it's not a perfect example.
But it can cause us to consider what that perfect example does look like.
This really was probably an injustice towards mephibosheth.
He should have got all the property back.
Unless of course there was some truth to the claim and again you can wrestle with that, but.
As I look at this, I would consider.
For us as believers, you need to understand.
You have an inheritance from God.
That cannot be diminished.
Peter talks about this in first Peter chapter one.
We have an inheritance that's incorruptible and undefiled, and is not fade away.
It's reserved in heaven for you, and you're kept by the power of God.
That there is held for us this inheritance that is rightfully ours by faith in Jesus Christ and.
Eternity with the father.
It's kept for us.
So that you don't have to be concerned about.
Maybe there's going to be an accusation.
Maybe a true accusation, maybe a false accusation.
And then I'm gonna.
End up with you know half a mansion in heaven.
I just, you know.
Well, I said OK, you weren't that great.
I'm taking away your roof so you don't get a roof for all of eternity, you know?
Like you don't have to worry about that.
Your inheritance and what God has promised to you.
It's guaranteed it doesn't fade away.
It's not going to be destroyed.
It's not going to be diminished.
The feeble shed could have his property yanked away at any time.
But you and I are inheritance.
It's guaranteed it's for sure.
And so we can rest and trust.
And so here this morning we have some great reminders from the life of mephibosheth, and I would encourage you to.
To accept God kindness continually, remember that your advocate protects you.
Stay loyal to the king.
And remember that your inheritance cannot be diminished, and perhaps it would help you to remember to set up some reminders.
Whether that be digitally physically in a notebook, maybe you just program it in your head and then you always remember that's fine too, but.
Take some steps to help you remember to keep you in that real and thriving and right relationship with God that he has for you so that you're always at the King's table, enjoying all the blessings that he has for you. And it's really an appropriate spot for us to end this morning and partake of communion together. And I.
Know I'm running a little bit long.
That's OK, D on here and he'll forgive me.
So Lena, you want to come on up and lead us in worship?
And as she leads us in worship, the communion elements are in the back here on towards.
The the door.
And so as she leads us in worship at any time in the song, go ahead and make your way back.
Jesus gave us this institution of communion. Guess what? As a reminder, so that we could remember to accept God's kindness continually and we could remember the cross, his body being broken for us, his blood being shed for us, the bread and the cup speak to us about his kindness towards us.
And we can accept as we partake this morning.
I would encourage you let it be a declaration between you and the Lord that I'm accepting.
This kindness that you have towards me.
I'm receiving the forgiveness.
I'm receiving the cleansing I'm receiving the blessings.
All that you have for me.
Remember that you have.
An advocate who protects you as you partake this money and remember Jesus died.
He stood in between you and the judgment you deserve to receive the full brunt of that punishment.
To protect you.
And so be reminded.
Of that as you partake this morning, let the Lord show you.
How much he loves you, how much he's fighting for you.
Let it be a reminder to you to.
Stay loyal to the.
King as you partake this morning.
The bread and the cup.
Lord, you have done so much for me.
You have lived your life for me and I want to live my life for you.
And let my life be an expression of loyalty.
So you lived out demonstrating your nature, your character to the world around us, and then also remember that your inheritance cannot be diminished as you partake today.
Believe in Jesus Christ.
And the Trinity that God promises you the forgiveness that God offers to you.
It cannot be removed.
It cannot be taken away.
It will not be diminished.
You can receive and hope and trust and rest in the full promise of eternity.
As you receive from the Lord the reminder.
That he provided to us would be thank you for your word.
We thank you for your goodness towards us.
I pray as we continue to consider these things in this time of worship.
Lord, that you would speak to.
Our hearts or that.
You had set up reminders within us.
Or that we would stay in your presence.
And receive the fullness.
Of your forgiveness and blessings towards us.
We pray this in Jesus name.