4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. 5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. 6 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! 7. 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.
There is a story told in 2 Samuel about Jonathan, Saul's son; who had a five year old boy. When the news of Saul and Jonathan's death came out of Jezreel. All of Saul's family became ill at ease and made plans to escape. In an act of desperation, the boy's nurse picked him up to flee. But something terrible happened. In her haste to get away, she dropped the boy. The child became permanently lame in his feet. This boy's name was, Mephibosheth.
Unfortunately, we live in a country where differences and uniqueness among God's human creations is not always celebrated. we tend to look down on people of different ethnicities, languages, classes, those how have physical handicaps, and those who may suffer from some type of mental illness that we don't understand. Racism, classism, scicism among religions is still alive and well in the USA. It was no different in antiquity. There was racism, classism, and those who were sick or had a physical malady were looked down upon. We find in the Old and New Testament, that the poor, widows, orphans, mentally challenged and physically handicapped were treated with indifference and disdain in some instances.
This boy, Mephibosheth winds up in a place called: "LoDebar." It meant; place of no pasture, no hope, total desolation. He was in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel.
LoDebar can be a place where people abandon you and drop you like a hot potato. LoDebar can represent the place where you were driven to because your husband left you with seven kids; LoDebar can represent the place you wound up in because of you bad habit or addiction. You couldn't kick the habit so your parents, wife/husband kicked you to the curb and you wound up in a hopeless, desolate place called, LoDebar. It can be that place where you thought you would never end up in. You were popular in high school, you got good grades, had a six pack, or a maybe you had a figure like a model and all the boys wanted to date you. But then your best friend lied on you, and rumors started heating up Facebook, instagram, YouTube etc. All of a sudden you reputation is ruined. You run away from home and get caught up in a sex ring, and the bad guys sell you to the highest bidder. Then after years of sexual and physical abuse, when you are no longer attractive and profitable, your pimp sells you out, and you wind up in LoDebar. \
The main character in this text is Mephibosheth and King David. Although Mephibosheth is in a dark time of his life, even though he is down and getting up isn't on his mind, nor within his physical power to do, God still had a plan for his life. Although he was drop, perhaps not on purpose, God had not forgotten him.
In fact you did nothing wrong to be treated with contempt! You should have been cared for and loved, no one should have dropped you, made you feel like you were a mistake, made you feel like you were a nobody. Let me tell you, you are not alone! There are many of us out there who have been dropped by well-meaning and not so well-meaning people. Perhaps a parent dropped you, maybe a sibling dropped you and won't communicate with you; maybe it was your husband or wife that dropped you. Can you believe that sometimes church folk will drop you? Uh, Yeah! Dah! Maybe you pastor, the bishop of apostle dropped you because they perceived you were a treat to their ministry.
Who ever dropped you, stop crying about it! The truth is God sees and He knows. He has promised to never drop you, never leave you or forsake you. When you mama or daddy forsake you, then the Lord will take you up! Psalm 27. I like this story because it tells us how King David, after he ascends to the throne, wanted to do something kind for his brother Jonathan's sake. He remembered the love they had for one another and he wanted to bless someone from his bloodline. He ask Ziba to seek it out, check it out for me and see if Jonathan has any relatives he can show kindness to. Ziba does exactly that and comes back and tells him that there is one of Jonathan's grandsons that is alive. He is living in LoDebar. David then tells Ziba to go and fetch him.
He does exactly that. At first Mephibosheth is a little leary about the salutation. He could not in his wildest dream believe that the King would send for him. Perhaps, he's thinking, the King is trying to kill the last heir of King Saul. But he gets to the palace and David tells him of his plan to bring him into his household. He tells him that his life has just been as the kids say, "Turnt Up!" He would now eat at the king's table for the rest of his life; not only him, but any children that he might have as well. This was a wonderful ending for the life of a man who was lame in both his feet.
It should encourage us and remind us that God has an all seeing eye. He loves us and wants to do us good and not harm. We might be dropped, kick about, looked down upon by others, but God has a way of balancing the books. He has a ram in the bush. He has designated someone specific to favor you and me. Eyes haven't seen, neither ear heard, nor has it entered into your heart the things that God has in store for you. If God allowed some people to drop you, that means that He has a plan to lift you up. In fact the closer you get to the ground, the better you can praise and worship[ him. But when your nose is always up in the air and you are looking down on people, very little good can come to you. The way up, my friend, is the way down. "Humble yourself under the might hand of God and He will exalt you."
Who Dropped You? it doesn't matter! Forgive them and let it go.