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Crawling to the Throne

Posted on: 7-15-112012

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the passage in 2 Samuel 9 when David inquires whether or not there is any one left from his beloved friend, Jonathan’s, house.  He finds out that Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth (what a name) remains alive. When David found this information out, he sends for Mephibosheth.  When Mephibosheth hears that he is wanted by the king, he goes to him.  Upon seeing him, he falls upon his face and lays himself out before the king.  Now, this was a very common reaction in those times, but for Mephibosheth, it was a very difficult thing to do.  As a young child, he had been injured in an accident and was left lame in both feet.  It must have been just about all he could do to crawl before the throne of the king, much less lay himself out before him.  David assures Mephibosheth that he has nothing to fear.  He also tells him that he is restoring to him all of the land of his grandfather, Saul, as well as promising him that he will eat at the king’s table forever.  Imagine the surprise that this poor, crippled man must have felt upon hearing this news.  He responds to David’s words by saying, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?” (2 Samuel 9:8)  Mephibosheth knows that David promised his father, Jonathan, to always show kindness to all of Jonathan’s family because Jonathan had helped David escape with his life when Saul sought to kill him, but he also knows that, in their culture, someone like him is not worthy to be the recipient of that promise.  The fact that he is crippled is enough to excuse David from keeping that promise to Jonathan.  But, David doesn’t care about his handicap…he cares about him.  Much like Mephibosheth, we all have handicaps.  They may not be physical like his, but we have them just the same.  We are all weak…we all have limitations.  Every single one of us is wrought the crippling grip of sin in our lives.  And, we also, like Mephibosheth, have been sent for by the King.  One day, we will come before His throne, bringing with us all of our handicaps.  We, like Mephibosheth, will fall on our face and have to crawl before Him in total humility.  We will have no choice but to do so because once we catch a glimpse of His glory, we will know that we are not worthy to stand before Him.  We will wonder, like Mephibosheth, why the King would even look upon such a dead dog as us.  We, like Mephibosheth, we will find that the King doesn’t care about our handicaps…He cares about us!  And just like Mephibosheth, we will receive blessings from the King.  We, too, will be invited to sit at His table and eat for all of eternity.  In that moment, our handicaps will have vanished away and all we will see is the King of kings and the Lord of lords…the One and only Lord God Almighty!

“For it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” Romans 14:11

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