2 Samuel 4:4 (ESV):
Jonathan, the son of Saul, had a son who was crippled in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel, and his nurse took him up and fled in her haste, he fell and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
I see here in the verse, that this young boy was in the care of an unnamed nurse. After all, he could have been the future king of the land, and would have had a caretaker, a nanny, a trusted companion to be entrusted to.
And in a time of urgency, a time when the kingdom seemed to be crashing all around them, a time when the nurse was not thinking clearly, when she was rushed in going to and fro…
Mephibosheth was consequently DROPPED…dropped by someone who should have been caring for him.
DROPPED by someone who should have been the model and personification of LOVE!
He was dropped by the one who fed him.
Dropped by the one who hugged him.
He was dropped by the one he TRUSTED!
Has someone you have loved and expressed LOVE to you ever dropped you?
You looked to them and they dropped you!
You trusted them and they dropped you!
They held you close and they dropped you!
They fed you with one hand and slapped you with the other hand!
They held you, said I love you but the way they held you was full of perversion and in your heart you question, “Is this really love?”
They said “I love you” but their actions spoke of hate and anger.
You were dropped by the one who should have been holding you! Not only were you “dropped,” but you were changed when you were dropped from that moment on and you began to WALK DIFFERENTLY.
I remember hearing the story of my mother-in-law when she was probably about Mephibosheth’s age. A neighbor had come over to visit and wanted to bring Margarite down stairs to the parlor for others gathered to gloat and brag over this pretty young girl.
As she began to proceed down the stairs in haste, she dropped my wife’s mother, which resulted with her leg being broken. Unfortunately, in that day in age, X-Rays were far and few between, and the doctor didn’t set the little girl’s leg correctly. So, her leg bone fused to her hip, and she became lame in that leg, walking differently, wearing a specially made shoe, for the rest of her life.
But being LAME in life can obviously go beyond the physical deformities, it can apply to our spirit, our souls as well.
WALKING IN RELATIONSHIPS –
Your relationships after being dropped can carry with them the effects of being dropped.
You carry insecurities IN the process of being DROPPED.
But understand the Bible constantly affirms the teaching of Self Worth!
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26)
AND Psalm 8:5-6 (Amplified Bible):
 Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have [crowned] him with glory and honor.  You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.
Holding Unforgiveness –
We lose when we fall into a cycle of HATING those that have dropped us.
 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Instead of admitting the HURT, we think about it and puzzle over our anger, when the ANGER becomes so strong you forget that you have even been hurt!
Revenge comes with, “What can I do to get even?”
Always dwelling on the issue–never moving on–never growing up and never allowing FORGIVENESS to flow.
Minds are manipulated by feelings. They allow the initial HURT to evolve; which grows into something larger to hold onto, resulting in certain Self-destruction; Self-damage and poor Self-worth.
A person that doesn’t think well of themselves eventually begins to criticize others.
Proverbs 26:24 (AMP):
He who HATES pretends with his lips, but stores up deceit within himself.
Pushing others down makes those who are down felt as if they are greater.
We are never given AUTHORITY to CRITICIZE OTHERS, even those who have done us wrong. Even those that HATE you. Even those that CRITICIZE you. Even those who whisper (gossip) behind your back.
BLESS THEM, ENCOURAGE THEM, UPLIFT THEM!
I challenge anyone, who has or had feelings of inadequacy from being dropped and rejected by another, will hold on to these feelings while Blessing them, Encouraging them, and Uplifting them.
MEPHIBOSHETH FOUND HIMSELF AT THE KING’S TABLE –
2 Samuel 9:1-5 (AMP)
 AND DAVID said, Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?  And of the house of Saul there was a servant whose name was Ziba. When they had called him to David, he said to him, Are you Ziba? He said, I, your servant, am he.  The king said, Is there not still someone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the [unfailing, unsought, unlimited] mercy and kindness of God? Ziba replied, Jonathan has yet a son who is lame in his feet.  And the king said, Where is he? Ziba replied, He is in the house of Machir, son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.  Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir son of Ammiel in Lo-de-bar.
MEPHIBOSHETH; although lame physically, never searched for the king, BUT…the king searched for him!
He was afraid of King David! Perhaps this young boy had a wrong perception of the king’s character.
JESUS said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Man does not SEEK after God, God’s not lost; we are!
In all our insecurities, self-doubts…we have turned our backs on God.
Mephibosheth found himself in a far country (9:4). He was at Lo-debar.
LO-DE-BAR means “the place of no bread.” It’s a place of starvation; there is no SPIRITUAL FOOD in this far country. And, there is no strength outside the will of God.
Are you finding yourself right now in a far off place HURT and REJECTION–in a land with the name of Lo-debar?
Mephibosheth was crippled and couldn’t help himself (9:13).
He would have died without the King’s help (9:8),
JESUS came into a country where there was NO BREAD. I feel so grateful, so blessed that He came to SAVE me and you!
MEPHIBOSHETH WAS RECEIVED FOR ANOTHER’S SAKE –
2 Samuel 9:1, 7 (AMP):
 AND DAVID said, Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?
 David said to him, Fear not, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your father [grandfather], and you shall eat at my table always.
DAVID love Jonathan like his own son and David made a promise to him:
While I [Jonathan] am still alive you shall not only show me the loving kindness of the Lord, so that I die not. But also you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever–no, not even when the Lord has cut off every enemy of David from the face of the earth. (1 Samuel 20:14-15, AMP).
Mephibosheth became a son of the King (9:11). [See Romans 8:17]
 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…
It is true that, while we as human beings were in our infancy, the devil grabbed us and ran off into a far country that caused mankind to fall and be crippled. Where our doubts, our failings, our insecurities, OUR FEELINGS has left us crippled spiritually and feeling not loved.
BUT thank God, it is also true that the King has come, He sought us, and found us in a far country, adopted us into His family, and will take us to His country to sit at His Table for eternity.
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Bible Translations: New International Version (NIV), except where noted.