One of my favorite places in the bible that I share Jesus from is found in 2nd Samuel 9:1-9. To me, this is one of the clearest pictures of the redemptive work of Christ. The key to understanding the bible is very simple. It is all about Jesus. He is the center point, theme and summation of every book (John 1:45, Luke 24:27, John 5:39).
It is important that we understand that the Holy Spirit is committed to show us the greatness of the Jesus and His work on the Cross. Without the aide and help of His Spirit, we simply remain in the dark. He is our tour guide, who will point out the sights, sounds, colors and every detail of redemption along our journey.
Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. (1Co 2:12 ESV)
We begin this story with a newly coroneted king named David. It would be interesting to note that David’s name literally means “The Beloved.” Fast forward about a thousand years and we see a Nazarene being baptized by a wild-eyed bug eater in the middle of the muddy Jordan. Just as this man is coming up out of the water the sky opens up and a voice thunders: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Well of course, we all know that this was Jesus. He is the Fathers beloved. Not only is Jesus the beloved, but because of his work of grace we are also the beloved of the Father (Rom 1:7, Eph 1:6, 2 Thes 2:13).
Jesus is the great administrator and mediator of a New Covenant as pictured by David ( 2 Sam 9:1). We are the recipients, typified by Mephibosheth, who was blessed not because of what he did but by the work and covenant of another. When Jesus was raised from the dead there was a great transference of grace and spiritual blessing that was extended to us. We had absolutely nothing to do with obtaining it and absolutely nothing to do with keeping it, other than to believe it is true (2 Sam 9:13).
The Covenant benefits that Mephibosheth enjoyed was the direct result of the covenant that Jonathan and David made. He did not do one thing to earn those blessings. We must understand that there was a work that Jesus performed on the cross, that made available to us an inheritance, which is apart from works. This inheritance was given before the foundation of the world. This covenant, the New Covenant was also made before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8).
How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.
(Eph 1:3 MSG)
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
(Eph 1:4 MSG)
Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)
(Eph 1:5 MSG)
He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.
(Eph 1:6 MSG)
You see the New Covenant is the only covenant that God made with Himself. If He made it with mere man, it could be broken. This is why God had to make it with Himself, so that it could never be broken. It had be this way because God is immutable and He cannot lie (Heb 6:17,18).
The only thing that keeps us from experiencing the grace of this New Covenant is ignorance. David made a covenant with Jonathan that Mephibosheth did not know about or had forgotten. Yet David (Jesus) remembered His covenant and pursued Mephibosheth (us) even when he didn’t think about it.
I guess we should tell you about the characters in this story before we proceed to far. Let’s start with Mephibosheth (although we have shared some about David already). Now the name Mephibosheth literally means to be “scattered by shame.” Do you think any sane parent would name their child such a dreadful name? I don’t. Mephibosheth was given that name because of what happened to him. The sad part is he began to believe the lie …. Not about what happened to him, but who he was. He just wasn’t physically handicapped, he was spiritually crippled. This is what shame does. I think shame is a diabolical tool devised by the devil to debilitate the work of the cross. It generates fear and propagates lies that leave us with the feeling that we may be found out, abandoned and rejected because of who we are. It is identity theft at its highest level. Shame evokes the personal feeling that we are unworthy and undeserving of favor and blessing. The good news is that Jesus bore our brokenness and shame on the cross. We will talk about this later.
To be continued
Live Loved Bert