Crippled Feet and Idol
Through the multiplied millions of people who have lived on the earth since God created man in the garden, He has chosen a few to give us His examples to live by. Many examples God has shared with us have been failures, while others were great successes, but through them all we learn God's will and His way for His people to live.
God's ancient people Israel rejected God as being their king. They wanted a king like the nations around them, so God chose Saul, the son of Kish, a Benjamite to be their first king. Saul was not one of God's successes. Saul was given God's anointing to do the job He had given him to do, but Saul, like so many today, turned all God's successes and glory unto himself. Saul was also a man who could not accept responsibility. When something went wrong he blamed everyone except himself. Because Saul failed to rule God's people fairly and honestly, God anointed David to succeed Saul as King.
Saul brought God's chosen people into bondage, causing them to serve him continually. How this sounds like the governments on earth today! Governments are to serve the people. In reality, governments only serve themselves.
Saul's continued disobedience to God's commands brought God's hand of judgment . . .
". . . the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him." I Samuel 16:14
God's anointing left Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord came upon him. At these times Saul would act like he was deranged or mad. His servants around him advised:
"Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well." I Samuel 16:16
Saul's servants advised Saul to find a man who could play well on an instrument to appease the evil spirit God had sent upon Saul. So David, the keeper of his father's sheep, was chosen for this job. Twice Saul tried to kill David with a javelin.
Saul had a son by the name of Jonathan, a finer son could no man want. When David came to the palace to be Saul's aide, David and Jonathan's heart were knit together as one. After David slew Goliath, he was made captain over Saul's army. When David became captain of Saul's army, Saul became even more hostile toward David, and wanted to destroy him, but Jonathan helped David many times to escape Sauls' anger. Jonathan, who was the rightful heir to his father's throne, helped David, even though Jonathan knew David would be the next king.
Saul, Jonathan, and two other of Saul's sons were killed when Israel was attacked by the Philistines. Then David became king. David was the best king Israel ever had, but his kingship was not without trouble. David had enemies all around him, including those of his own household. David's heart was grieved when Saul and Jonathan were killed, and as time progressed, David wanted to do something for the house of Saul.
"And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet." II Samuel 9:1-3
As we study further, we discover:
". . . Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth." II Samuel 4:4
Mephibosheth, whose name is pronounced Mef - ee - bo - sheth, means "exterminating the idol." King David desired to do something good for the house of Saul, so he sought out Mephibosheth, Jonathan's son.
The Bible reveals much through the names given to the men and women in the Bible. God also uses many types, shadows, and similitudes to reveal the hidden truths in His Word. Kings are always a type of God, who has all authority over the lives of the people. Jonathan, who became David's saviour when his father, Saul, tried to kill David, was a type of Jesus, the Son, who is the Saviour of mankind. Mephibosheth is a type of those in the body of Christ today, who have not exterminated the idols in their hearts. Because of this, their feet are crippled so they cannot walk out their calling in God.
Mephibosheth's crippled feet reveals the condition of the body of Christ in the earth today. It may be totally healthy in spirit and soul, but the body is crippled in its feet. It cannot walk the walk. The body of Christ is able to talk the talk, but to walk the walk, it is unable. It continues to fall, and fails in its attempt to overcome the flesh and its desires.
There is a picture of these crippled feet in the New Testament. When Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they saw a man. This man had been lame from his mother's womb. The mother's womb represents the church system who has wounded God's people so they cannot overcome the old Adam nature. This man, like Mephibosheth, was totally healthy except he could not walk.
Every day this man sat at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. This is the Eastern Gate. The Eastern Gate is the gate through which Christ will return. This man had a vision and a hope. Yet all he was able to do was to beg alms. Today the church system has caused many to become beggars, requiring their flocks to meet the needs of their extravagant building programs and expensive lusts. This is not what Jesus died for. This man:
"Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms." Acts 3:3
This man, as much of the church system, was only interested in fulfilling the lust of the flesh.
"And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us." Acts 3:4
Peter did not say look at us. He stated look on us. What Peter wanted this man to see was the anointing which came upon them at Pentecost. It is the anointing that will heal the feet of the body of Christ. But this man only expected an alm to meet his daily need. God looks upon the heart to meet our eternal need. Peter informed this man:
". . . silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength." Acts 3:6-7
All the silver and gold on planet earth cannot meet the needs of the body of Christ. Only the anointing is going to strengthen the ankle bones.
"And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God." Acts 3:8
The temple is where God meets with His creation man. What a picture of the Kingdom of God, where we will see Him face to face. Those who have the vision of God setting up His kingdom on this earth know God is going to extend His right hand to His body to heal their feet, so His body can go into the Kingdom walking and leaping and praising God.
After David was informed Jonathan had a son, he sent for Mephibosheth:
"Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! 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." II Samuel 9:6-7
David restored all the lands of Saul, Mephibosheth's grandfather. The day of Mephibosheth's jubilee had come. Just as God has promised His body, all His creation will return to their rightful owners in the year of jubilee. This is when the body of Christ will come into their full inheritance which is the earth and all the fulness thereof.
The church system teaches their inheritance in God is in dying and going to a place called heaven. They have made heaven a physical place, when in reality heaven is the Spiritual realm of God. God never promised the righteous they would go to heaven. His promise to His overcoming people is they will inherit the earth. As Mephibosheth inherited all King Saul ever possessed. God's true church, the body of Christ, will inherit all our Father created.
Another promise David made Mephibosheth was he would continually eat bread (food) at the king's table. We need to know there is never a lack at the king's table. When we sit at the King's table as his chosen vessels, all our needs will be taken care of by the King. The Lord made us a promise through the pen of Isaiah:
"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24
When we are seated at the King's table, all our needs will be met instantly, even before our request is made known. This is the place David (which means beloved) had raised up Mephibosheth.
"Then the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master's son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master's son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master's son shall eat bread always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants." II Samuel 9:9-10
Mephibosheth was completely cared for by his king. Also, David saw that his inheritance would be cared for. David commanded Ziba, his sons, and his servants to till Mephibosheth's land, and bring the fruit to Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth would become a very wealthy man - - - all this because of David's faithfulness to Jonathan, Mephibosheth's father. How like our King's promise to His body, His overcoming sons! We have the promise of Jesus:
"And everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." Matthew 19:29
We have the promise of an hundred fold return on what we put our hands to. Beyond that, we have the promise of inheriting everlasting life. But with every promise, we have a condition. If we are to have an hundred fold return and inherit everlasting life, we must not hold on to the things of this life. This includes our immediate family. Jesus made us another promise:
"Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" Matthew 25:34
To the sons of His right hand, He has promised the Kingdom He prepared for the predestined from the foundation of the earth. Jesus also stated:
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5
The meek will inherit all the earth. Jesus summed up His promised inheritance to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
Mephibosheth, being a type of the glorified son, was given a temporal promise. As God's chosen, we are given an eternal promise. We are promised eternal life. We also have the promise of inheriting the Kingdom God set up for His called, chosen, and elect from the foundation of the world. Jesus told John the overcomers would inherit all things, the sum total of His whole creation. God's promises are to those who have a pure heart toward their God.
As time passes, we discover Mephibosheth's heart was not pure toward his king. David was up in years when his son, Absalom, raised an army and declared himself king in Hebron. When this was told David:
". . . David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword." II Samuel 15:14
David was a mighty man of war, but the years had taken their toll. David had lost his zeal for battle. David not only thought of himself, he also thought of those who dwelt at Jerusalem, so David and his household fled.
"And the king went forth, and all the people after him, and tarried in a place that was far off." II Samuel 15:17
David's heart must have been broken. It was not a foreign enemy which had made him flee. It was one of his own sons. David realized the price he had to pay for his sin with Bathsheba. When David had Uriah, Bathsheba's husband killed, Nathan, the prophet, informed David:
"Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised Me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife." II Samuel 12:10
It was the sword in David's own house that caused him to flee.
"And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine. And the king said unto Ziba, what meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king's household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink." II Samuel 16:1-2
Ziba, the faithful servant, brought David food to eat, and a bottle of wine for those who might be faint in the wilderness. He also brought saddled asses for David's household to ride on.
"And the king said, And where is thy master's son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father." II Samuel 16:3
When Ziba came to David, David asked Ziba, "Where is Mephibosheth?" Ziba stated, "He abideth in Jerusalem." Mephibosheth remained in Jerusalem, hoping the people would make him their king. Mephibosheth had never dealt with the idol in his heart of wanting to be king in his grandfather's stead. When confusion reigns, everyone wants to get into the act.
What a different man Mephibosheth was now from when he first came to David, when he had no hope, no lands, and no inheritance. David had raised him up, set him at his table, and made sure he had an income. Now he wanted David's throne also. When Mephibosheth first came to David:
". . . he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?" II Samuel 9:8
Mephibosheth did not have one redeeming quality he could offer King David. David had no obligation to Mephibosheth whatsoever. It was only David's good heart that raised Mephibosheth from his destitute condition and set him at his table as one of his sons.
How like the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, when He takes those who are destitute, lost, with nothing to offer their king but a past life of misery and contempt. Then He raises them up, and sets them at His table, and gives them access to all they have. How many, like Mephibosheth, do not appreciate their new life? Their whole desire becomes lustful to receive the glory due their King. These forget the revelation we received through the pen of Isaiah:
"I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8
Many times the graven images are the church's grandiose buildings, raised up to look good in the eyes of the world. Their opulence is a stink in the nostrils of God. They bring more attention to themselves, then they do the one who raised them up. God's judgment hand is about to fall upon all they have put in their trust, such as their wealth, their position, and their godless ways. This was the lesson Mephibosheth had to learn.
"Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight my lord, O King." II Samuel 16:4
David told Ziba all that was Mephibosheth's would now belong to him. Ziba had proved himself a faithful servant to his king. David rewarded Ziba with all that King Saul possessed. We need to remember Ziba was not only faithful to David, he was also faithful to King Saul. He took care of Mephibosheth all his life. Ziba knew Mephibosheth, being crippled, could not take care of himself. Ziba had a servant's heart, and God rewarded him for his faithfulness. As David traveled:
". . . he came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came." II Samuel 16:5
Shimei was of the household of Saul, so he was related to Mephibosheth. Shimei ran alongside David, and cursed him as he went.
"And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:" II Samuel 16:6-7
Shimei not only cursed David, and called him a blood thirsty man, he also called him a man of Belial, which means "worthless, good for nothing, and wicked." Shimei continued his tirade on David:
"The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the Lord hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man." II Samuel 16:8
Shimei stated the Lord had returned all the blood of the house of Saul upon David. David had nothing to do with the death of Saul or his sons. Twice David had Saul at the point of his sword, but would not touch Saul because Saul was the Lord's anointed. Shimei accused David of reigning in Saul's place. David was anointed by God to replace Saul several years before Saul's death.
Shimei assumed it was God who had given the throne to Absalom, but Mephibosheth had also declared his desire to be king. The question needs to be asked,
"Since Shimei was a relative of Mephibosheth, did Mephibosheth order, make promises to, or coherse Shimei into cursing David?"
All the love and mercy David had shown Mephibosheth had not replaced the idols Mephibosheth had set up in his heart. The same is true today. No matter how much help is received by those who have self as the idol of their heart, they always revert back to the desires of the flesh. This is why their feet are never healed to walk God's way. They will never enter into the Kingdom until the old man and the idol of self is dealt with.
When David fled, he had a small army with him. When Shimei cursed David, Abishai, one of his mighty men said to David:
". . . let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
"And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, Curse David, Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?" II Samuel 16:10
David related to Abishai that it was the Lord who had allowed Shimei to curse him. David had the anointing of God in his life. One of the fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering. David was truly being tried. Today if this would happen to those in the church system, they would blame their predicament on the devil. David knew God had made him king over Israel. He also knew if it was God's desire he would no longer be king, then what ever method God used to remove him, it was alright with David. David had learned through many, many battles, that he could not be victorious by the arm of the flesh. If God's people could only develop the heart of David, then the devil would not get the credit for what God is doing in their lives.
When Abishai wanted to deal with Shimei:
". . .David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? Let him alone, and let him curse: for the Lord hath bidden him." II Samuel 16:11
Shimei's words and rocks were not David's problem. His own son had not only removed David from his place of comfort, he wanted to kill David. David's heart was broken, and Shimei had not added to his grief. David added:
"It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day." II Samuel 16:12
Nothing that had happened that day got David's eye off of God. He never blamed anyone or anything. He knew God was in total control of his life. He knew the Lord would look upon his affliction, and it would be for his good. In David's heart, he knew the words Paul would write centuries later:
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Everything does not work together for good in everyone's life. There are two qualifications for everything working for good. First we must love the Lord with all our heart and soul. David truly loved the Lord with his whole being. The second qualification is we must be called according to His purpose. Those who are called according to His purpose were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, Ephesians 1:4. [see "God's Purpose and Plan in Predestination" by G. Kirkpatrick]
Absalom pursued David in the wilderness with his army. Being warned of this, David fled with his whole party over Jordan. When all seems lost, those who are faithful to their king prove their faithfulness.
"And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Macir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gildeadite of Rogelim, Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse, And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness." II Samuel 17:27-29
Three men: Shobi, Machir, and Barzillai brought everything David and his people needed to survive their wilderness experience. They did not do this expecting anything in return. David was not in a position to reward anyone for anything. They did this because they loved their king. If God's people were as faithful to their King as these three men, what a difference it would make in their lives. Giving with nothing expected in return, what a novel idea! One of the three men, Barzillai, whose name means "man of iron" was even more faithful than the others as time would reveal.
David was a man of war who numbered his fighting men and set captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds. Among these captains were David's three mighty men: Joab, Abishai, and Ittai.
"And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom. And all the people heard when the king gave all the captains charge concerning Absalom." II Samuel 18:5
David's heart was toward Absalom. He did not want him harmed, even though he had caused David to advocate his throne and flee into the wilderness.
"And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away." II Samuel 18:9
Absalom had proclaimed himself to be king. Kings always rode upon asses. As Absalom passed under an oak tree, his hair caught in the tree, and he was pulled from his ass by his hair, and he was suspended between heaven and earth. Absalom could no longer walk. His feet did not touch the ground. His feet became useless to him. As we witness the Spiritual significance of Absalom's predicament, we need to understand what Absalom's hair meant to him.
"But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. And when he polled his head, for it was at every year's end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it: he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king's weight." II Samuel 14:25-26
Absalom's hair was his crowning glory. It had become his pride. Even when he cut his hair once a year, it became a celebration to show the glory God had bestowed upon him. Now we witness Absalom caught up in his pride. Pride will cripple our feet quicker than anything else.
The tree God used was the oak, the strongest of all trees. When God deals with our pride, He will use whatever it takes. With Absalom, He used the oak, knowing the oak could not be broken easily. Being caught up in his pride, Absalom's feet could no longer touch the ground, so his walk had been hindered, even though he thought of himself as being king of all.
This describes the mega ministries who believe they are God's chosen, and can do no wrong. They have been suspended between heaven and earth. Heaven is the Spiritual realm. Earth is the flesh realm. Because they have been caught up in their pride, their walk with God has been suspended. They believe their head is in the Spiritual realm, while their work displays they are only serving the flesh.
When Joab was told of Absalom's fate, he took three spears and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, thus quelling the rebellion against David and his kingdom. David mourned for his son Absalom. The death of Absalom fulfilled the judgment David had pronounced upon his own self. David had sinned against the Lord when he raped Bathsheba and sent her husband Uriah to the front lines to be killed. God sent Nathan the prophet to David to point out his sin. Nathan told David about a rich man and a poor man who lived in one city. The rich man had many flocks.
"But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter." II Samuel 12:3
Then Nathan related about a visitor who came to the rich man's house. Though the rich man had many flocks, he took the poor man's ewe lamb, and slaughtered it to feed the stranger. When David heard this he became very angry, and responded:
"And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man." II Samuel 12:6-7
David had shown no pity when he sent Uriah to his death. Then God pronounced his judgment upon David.
"Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun." II Samuel 12:11
The sword never passed from David's house. Yes, God forgave David his terrible sin, but God's judgment would stand. God promised David He would raise up evil in his own house. He promised David He would take his wives (concubines), and a neighbor would lay with them out in the open under the sun. This was fulfilled when Absalom lay with David's concubines on the rooftop of the palace. We need never forget God's pronounced judgments always come to pass.
When David said to Nathan, ". . . that man shall repay fourfold. . .", little did David realize his words would cost him four sons. At this time David had twenty sons. If David had proclaimed that the man would have to repay twenty fold, it would have cost him all his sons. The first son to die would be Bathsheba's child.
"Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die." II Samuel 12:14
When the son was born to David and Bathsheba, the Lord struck the child, and he was very sick.
"David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth." II Samuel 12:16
David lay upon the earth because of his sin. David had fallen from his Spiritual condition, and he lay upon the earth. His walk in God had been hindered, and his feet were crippled by his sin.
"And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them." II Samuel 12:17
David could not raise himself up from his earthly existence, nor could he partake of the bread of life in his fallen condition. This is when David would write:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit." Psalm 51:10-12
Bathsheba's child died. This was the loss of David's first child. The second child to die would be Chileah, the son of Abigail, the wife of Nabal, the Carmelite. The third son would be Ammon, killed by Absalom because he had raped his sister Tamar. The fourth son was Absalom, killed by Joab. David truly paid for his sin. After Absalom's death, David returned to Jerusalem with a broken heart and a broken spirit.
"So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan. And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David." II Samuel 19:15-16
The first to come to David was Shimei. When it looked like Mephibosheth or Absalom would be king, he was willing to curse David. When God's anointed was victorious, Shimei knew he was in trouble.
"And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan. And said unto the King, Let not my Lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my Lord the King went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart. For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my Lord the King." II Samuel 19:18-20
Shimei had a repentant heart. We may think what he did to David by cursing him, and throwing rocks at him was a terrible thing, but David understood what forgiveness was all about. He had sinned against his King more seriously than Shimei had, and he was forgiven. So David knew how to forgive. This is one lesson the body of Christ needs desperately to learn. With Christians, forgiveness should be automatic. There should never be a question if we should or should not forgive. As our Lord Jesus proclaimed:
"But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses." Mark 11:26
If we refuse to forgive, then our King will not forgive us. If we do not forgive, we remain in our sin, no matter how much we plead. What God has spoken becomes law. Many feel the hurt is too deep to forgive, but they need to realize the promises of God are null and void in their lives if they do not forgive.
Abishai wanted to kill Shimei because he had cursed the Lord's anointed:
"Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him." II Samuel 19:23
David had total forgiveness in his heart. David not only had a repentant heart, he had a forgiving heart. This is why the Lord could say, ". . .David was a man after His own heart," I Samuel 13:14. When Shimei came to meet David:
". . . there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king." II Samuel 19:17
Many Benjamites came to meet David. Even those who had placed their hope in Mephibosheth becoming king came back to God's anointed. With them was Ziba, his sons and his servants. Ziba was the faithful servant to the king:
"And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace." II Samuel 19:24
Mephibosheth also came to meet his king. His rebellion had cost him his inheritance, but more importantly he had lost the one who had cared for him all his life. Rebellion carries a terrible price. His feet had not been dressed. His beard was not trimmed, nor were his clothes washed since David departed from Jerusalem. Mephibosheth's physical appearance only displayed his spiritual condition. Not only was he unkept, he was uncared for. Those who forsake their King find themselves in this same condition. As Paul wrote to the Hebrews:
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:31
Mephibosheth's filthy condition was a result of the idol he had set up in his heart.
"And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?" II Samuel 19:25
David did not have an accusing heart. He asked Mephibosheth for an explanation as to why he did not honor David by going with him.
"And he answered, My Lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame. And he hath slandered thy servant unto my Lord the king; but my Lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes." II Samuel 19:26-27
All Mephibosheth could do was make excuses. Excuses are for those who will not take responsibility for their actions. We witness this down through history. When God asked Adam, "Hast thou eaten of the tree?" Adam's reply was:
". . . the woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." Genesis 3:12
Adam blamed God because of the woman he had given him to be his helpmate. Adam listened to his wife instead of God.
Mephibosheth's grandfather, King Saul, kept the best of the sheep and oxen when he fought the Amalekites. God had ordered Saul to destroy and to kill all the Amalekite possessions. Saul's excuse was:
"But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal." I Samuel 15:21
God had made Saul king, and he was responsible for the actions of the people, but he could not take the responsibility for his own actions. Keeping the best sheep and oxen was disobedience. When he made the excuse that the people were the ones who kept the best to sacrifice unto the Lord, this became rebellion and an affront to his God. Samuel informed him:
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee from being king." I Samuel 15:23
Saul was not only rebellious, he was stubborn. He would not repent, even though he was brought face to face with his disobedience. This cost Saul his kingship. We witness these same inadequacies in Saul's grandson, Mephibosheth. His rebellion cost him his inheritance, his faithful servant, and the respect of his king. How far he had fallen!
When Mephibosheth met the king, he repented, voicing his condition before David:
"For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?" II Samuel 19:28
This describes the condition of fallen man. We were all as dead men before our God raised us up and set us at His table to partake of Him. Mephibosheth recognized what David had done for him, just as we recognize what Jesus did for all mankind.
"And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land." II Samuel 19:29
David had told Ziba all Mephibosheth possessed belonged to him. Because of Mephibosheth's repentance, David restored half of his inheritance.
David had many faithful servants, one of the most faithful was Barzillai the Gileadite:
"And Barzillai the Gildeadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan. Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man." II Samuel 19:31-32
Barzillai came to meet his king, even though he was very aged. He came, not to receive something from the king, he came because of his love for his king. When the body of Christ learns we do not serve our King for what we can get from Him, our only purpose in serving Him will be because we love Him and have made Him our King, not out of fear, but out of love. Then we can expect the same of our King as Barzillai could of his:
"And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem." II Samuel 19:33
David told Barzillai to come to Jerusalem, and he would meet all his needs. This is the same promise God made to all his faithful:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
As stated before, the king is a type of God, and Barzillai is certainly an example of a faithful, giving servant. Jesus promised his faithful:
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it." John 14:13-14
Because of his great love for his king, Barzillai could have asked anything of his king, and he would have given it to him. John gives us further insight into our relationship with our King:
"Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you." John 15:16
Once we come to the realization we were chosen of God, that God was not our choice, but we were His choice, and that He chose and ordained us to bring forth fruit, then whatever we ask of the Father in Jesus' name, He will give it to us. These promises were made to those chosen of God. We need to ask, "When were we chosen?" Paul related to the church at Ephesus:
"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:" Ephesians 1:4
God chose us even before He laid the foundation of the world. Then why did He choose us? He chose us that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. God's chosen are to live the life of their example, Jesus. Paul continues, ". . .we were not only chosen, we are also predestined. . .".
"Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will," Ephesians 1:5
Why were we predestined? We were predestined to be adopted as the children of God. Adoption is a legal act to make the child a legal heir of the parents. Adoption is never the choice of the child. Adoption is always the decision of the parents. If we are without blame before God in love, then it will be the good pleasure of His will to make us His legal heirs.
"To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved." Ephesians 1:6
If we are to be adopted, then we must become a praise to the glory of His grace. Only then will we be accepted in the Beloved. David's name means "beloved." Barzillai had become accepted in the beloved.
"And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? Can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? Wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king? Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?" II Samuel 19:34-36
Barzillai asked, "Why should the king recompense me with such a reward?" Today many Christians who do something for God can only think of the reward they can receive such as being paid, being supported, or given recognition for what they did. Speaking to His disciples, Jesus gave them an example of a faithful servant:
"But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded of him? I trow not." Luke 17:7-9
Jesus asked His disciples, "Does the Master thank the servant for doing what he was commanded to do?" Jesus stated, "I think not." When God's Word commands us to do something, we should do it with a rejoicing heart, not for reward, not for recognition, but because we want to please our Master. Jesus continued:
"So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do." Luke 17:10
If we only do that which we are commanded to do, then we are to think of ourselves as being unprofitable servants. Barzillai had performed a great service for his king, but he saw no reason to receive anything back. He was only doing what was right in serving his king. If God's people could only grab hold of these truths, then we could ask anything of our King, and He would give it willingly.
"And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place." II Samuel 19:39
A kiss from the king, and his blessings should be all we desire. What a difference between Mephibosheth and Barzillai. The king did everything for Mephibosheth, but his crippled feet and the idols in his heart cost him his inheritance and the blessings of his king. If we, as Mephibosheth, prove to our King, Christ Jesus, that we cannot be trusted we too will lose our blessing and inheritance in God.
Barzillai on the other hand did everything for his king, expecting nothing in return. Barzillai knew anything he asked in the king's name, it would be granted him. This is the same promise we received from our King. Jesus stated:
"If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it." John 14:14
This promise is for all those who have a pure heart before their God.
As time progressed, there was a famine in Israel for three years. When King David inquired of the Lord, the reason for the famine, the Lord answered,
". . .it is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites." II Samuel 21:1
When Israel came into their promise land, they had made a covenant with the Gibeonites. In his zeal to look good in the eyes of the people, Saul slew many of the Gibeonites. Now God had called David to make restitution for Saul's vile act. David called the Gibeonites:
"Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? And wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord? And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you." II Samuel 21:3-4
The Gibeonites were not willing to receive money to recompense for the wrong they suffered at the hands of Saul. Today when someone is wronged by the government, the only way the government has to pay for their wrong is with money. Money seems to be the answer for everything today, but money will not buy true justice.
What was the request the Gibeonites put before King David?
"Let seven men of Saul's sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom the Lord did choose. And the king said, I will give them." II Samuel 21:6
The Gibeonites requested that seven sons of the house of Saul be given them, so they could hang them. This was a terrible price David had to pay to stay the famine the Lord sent upon Israel. So who would David choose to deliver unto the Gibeonites?
"But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Mical the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:" II Samuel 21:8
The seven sons David chose were Armoni and Mephibosheth and the five sons of Mical. Mical had been David's wife who was given him by Saul. Mical was also the one who had mocked David when he brought the ark back to Jerusalem because he danced before the Lord. Please note this was a different Barzillai. This man was a Meholathite. Barzillai, the friend of David, was a Gileadite.
What are we to learn from Mephibosheth? There are many today who are sitting at the "Gate Beautiful", waiting for their King to return through the "Eastern Gate", but they have crippled feet. Many have idols in their hearts. Because they have crippled feet they cannot walk, and the idols in their hearts make them unusable in the Kingdom. When their King returns, they will not be able to walk and leap and praise God and enter into His Kingdom in the New Day.
Mephibosheth's lame feet and the idols in his heart ended up costing him his life. Those whose feet are not healed will need to go through God's wrath to be saved by fire. This is the day we need to serve our King because we love Him. God needs many Barzillais. He already has enough Mephibosheths. Which will you be?
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