“And 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.”
2 Samuel 4:4
Blinding pain radiated from his hip and down his leg rendering him nearly paralyzed. Another thud and a shockwave of fresh agony caused his arm to become limp forcing him to drop his shield. His parched lips mouthed the call for retreat and he ordered his men to fall to him but the day was already lost. His son Jonathan was dead and he had witnessed Abinadab get cut down. Another arrow ripped through his thigh and Saul realized he was dying. The man that once stood head and shoulders over Israel that had been driven mad by jealousy was all but a dead man. He called for his servant, his trusted armour-bearer, and requested that his servant kill him but he refused. So Saul fell on his own sword ending his rule over Israel. No one ever falls in battle without effecting someone else.
Adam and Eve fell from Grace
“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”
Adam and Eve didn’t disobey God without far reaching consequences. They were put out of the garden. The ground was cursed and by the sweat of his brow would Adam provide for his family. Eve’s sorrow in child birth was magnified, she’d wrangle with the serpent all of her days, and her desire was now toward her husband. Sin entered the picture. Death entered the picture. The fall from grace was ugly and had consequences.
When Saul died in battle, all of the people fled the palace. Saul’s grandson, Jonathan’s son, was being hurried from the palace by his nanny when there was a terrible accident. A horrible fall left the child, Mephibosheth, a cripple for the rest of his days.
The fall has its consequences. But God hasn’t forgotten about us. He made provisions.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
David called for Mephibosheth. The man that had suffered a terrible fall when he was five years old and had lived as a cripple all of his days now had an audience with the King. Mephibosheth wondered how he had been discovered. He wondered who had betrayed him to the King. No descendant of Saul would be allowed to live he thought. But when he came into the throne room, he found Grace. It was ordered that Mephibosheth would from now on eat at David’s table.
You’ve fallen. This world has knocked you down. Stress, heartaches, disappointments have been crippling in your life but you can find grace in the throne room. Your part is repentance. Simply asking God for forgiveness. The preacher’s part is baptizing you in the Name of Jesus. God’s part is filling you with His spirit.
Mephibosheth’s crippled legs were hidden when he sat down at the King’s table. Our mistakes, faults, shortcomings, are hidden when we sit down at Father’s table. God has made a way for us to recover from the fall and our part begins with simply asking for forgiveness.