When You've Been Dropped
There are a lot of stories in the Bible of people being healed of all sorts of ailments and physical maladies. But today's story is about a guy who was never healed. In fact, he lived out his entire life permanently crippled by his injury. Mephibosheth was the grandson of a king named Saul.
You may think that the grandson of a king would have a pretty good life, but not so in this case. Here's how our story starts:
When Mephibosheth was five years old his dad Jonathan was killed in a war. In fact, his grandfather King Saul was also killed on the same day. You may think that alone would be hard enough on a little boy, but things were about to get worse:
Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth. 2 Samuel 4:4
So little Mephibosheth had to live out his days as a cripple, without a father and without a grandfather. What's worse, times were dangerous for Mephibosheth, not just from outside enemies but from factions in his own kingdom.
Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually. 2 Samuel 3:1
In those days, it wasn't a good idea to be the relative of a dead king, especially when the new king is the enemy of your father. King Saul had tried to kill David many times. And David had to flee for his life on many occasions. And after Saul's death, David became King.
So Mephibosheth was to live out his life in disgrace as the grandson of a former king, and also as a cripple. As a cripple in those days, life for Mephibosheth meant being a social outcast, unable to work or participate in society in the same was as other people. And as a relative of a former king, he was probably better off dead. But then a very interesting thing happened:
2 Samuel 9:1-8 David asked, "Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?" ... ... Ziba answered the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet." "Where is he?" the king asked.
Ziba answered, "He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar." So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, "Mephibosheth!" Your servant," he replied.
"Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."
Mephibosheth bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?"
Do you see what just happened? Mephibosheth was a potential enemy of David, who was dropped and crippled. an outcast who was injured for life. Yet King David showed Mephibosheth kindness. Mephibosheth went from a position of total disgrace and injury to a place of honor eating at the table of King David. And that's where our story ends. And of course, King David went on to become the greatest king in the history of all Israel.
Something to think about for your life today:
Have you been "crippled" by circumstances in your life? Have you been "dropped" by people who have hurt you permanently?
The good news for you today is that while you may sometimes feel like Mephibosheth: hurt, dishonored, and crippled like a "dead dog;" our King, the King of the Universe has taken notice of you. Have you been dropped? Consider God's promise to lift you back up:
John 6:39-40 "And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
The invitations are out and the King wishes you to join him at his table. Will you accept his invitation?