Mephibosheth, A.K.A “The Cripple”
Saul's son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth, who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child's nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled. - 2 Samuel 4:4 (NLT)
Kids can be mean, can’t they? I remember a time when I was playing softball with the Boys Club and a kid from the stands called out, “why is the ‘Hunchback’ playing?" I thought my Mom was going to kill somebody that day. I had visited a prison before, and in this moment I thought, “They are about to have another permanent resident”.
I think God feels a lot like my Mom did that day when He sees his kids being taunted and ridiculed by the enemy. His chagrin filled put-downs say, “You are worthless; you have no value; you will amount to nothing.”
We were all "cripples" once with a shameful identity; examples can be seen throughout scripture.
Jacob - The Liar and Deceiver
Legion - The Naked, Violent, Demon-Possessed Guy
Saul - The Christian Killer
Simon Peter - The Impulsive, Foot-In-Mouth Guy, Abandoner-of-Jesus Guy
We were all born into this world crippled by sin, but now we have been born again as sons of promise—“the redeemed”.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. - Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)
Invited To The Kings Table
And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” 9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master's grandson. 10 And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master's grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master's grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David's table, like one of the king's sons. 12 And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba's house became Mephibosheth's servants. 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king's table. – 2 Samuel 9: 1 - 13 (ESV)
King David invited Mephibosheth and his family to live in the realm of impossibility, living as the kings son, with all it’s rights and privileges.
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. - Song Of Songs 2:4 (ESV)
Just as Mephibosheth was seated with the King by no merit of his own, we are seated with Christ out of His great love for us.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:1-7 (ESV)
Now we have the rights and privileges of Sonship!
- The Right To Rule In The Earth With Christ Authority. (Gen. 1: 27 – 30/Ephesians 2:6 – seated with Christ in heavenly places)
- The Right To Call God “Abba Father” And Have Access To The Father. (Galatians 4: 4 – 7 – Sons of God/Hebrews 4:16- approach throne of grace boldly/Hebrews 10: 10 – through Christ we are made holy)
- The Right To Blessing. (Genesis 28:13 - 15 - Blessed to be a blessing)
- The Right To Spiritual Blessing. (Ephesians 1:3 - Spiritual blessing - holy & blameless in his sight, predestined to be sons through Christ, revealing of Christ’s mysteries and perfect will
- The Right To Authority Over The Devil. (Luke 10:19 –20)
- The Right To Eternal Life - Victory Over Death, Hell And The Grave. (1Corinthians 15:50 - 58)
- The Right To The Fruits Of The Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22 - 23)
- The Right To The Gifts Of The Spirit. (I Corinthians 12: 4 - 10)