Bible Study for Ministry, Christian Women, and The Pastor's Wife ~ I Am Included, Part 6
Now, at this moment, Mephibosheth meets the king for the very first time.
He is no longer hidden safely tucked away in Lodebar. In 2 Samuel 9:6, he is before the king and he fell on his face and did reverence.
King David called him by name, "Mephibosheth."
Mephibosheth immediately answers, "Behold thy servant."
A few things to remember here: 1.The king knew his intentions 2. Mephibosheth knew nothing. 3. The king summoned Mephibosheth 4. The king sent special messengers to fetch - he wanted him that bad!
Now, let's go to verse 7. David reassures him and reveals his intentions toward Mephibosheth. . "And David said unto him, 'Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.'"
Mephibosheth was expecting death and is unable to contain his surprise in verse 8. "And he bowed himself, and said, 'What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?'"
Even more important, he also reveals how he saw himself.
It's super important to understand that the king viewed Mephibosheth through the eyes of a love covenant between himself and Mephibosheth's dad, Jonathan.
If you look at the rest of 2 Samuel 9, you will find that the king not only restores all that was left in Saul's house to him – he being the rightful heir, but also included the family of servants to do all that was necessary to maintain it and care for Mephibosheth.
Thirdly, Mephibosheth now has a permanent and continuous place at the king's table just like the king's sons.
Jesus summons us into His Presence. He sends special messengers to fetch us. Jesus not only knows our name, but He calls us by it. When we come into His Presence, it is never what we think it is going to be. As we acknowledge His Lordship and Kingship, He lifts us up and sees us through eyes of a Loving Savior Who died on a very rugged, cruel cross to redeem us from the horrible place without Him. He, Jesus, sees us as valuable.
Yes, He included us. You. Me. Unlike Mephibosheth, we get to chose to be included or not.
David did not leave Mephibosheth where he found him.
God never leaves us where He finds us, either!
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L Culbreth
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