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2 Samuel 9:1-13

EVERYTHING CHANGES WHEN THE KING COMES CALLING



Intro: How would you define the word "grace"? Webster's defines it as, "Undeserved divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration and sanctification." Others have defines it as "unmerited divine love and favor extended to sinners." Maybe you have heard the following: "Justice is getting what you deserved. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you do not deserve." Each of those is true. The following story illustrates what grace is all about.

It seems that Fiorello LaGuardia, who, when he was mayor of New York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of WWII, was called by adoring New Yorkers 'the Little Flower' because he was only five foot four and always wore a carnation in his lapel. He was a colorful character who used to ride the New York City fire trucks, raid speakeasies with the police department, take entire orphanages to baseball games, and whenever the New York newspapers were on strike, he would go on the radio and read the Sunday funnies to the kids. One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city. LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself.

Within a few minutes, a tattered old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the charges. "It's a real bad neighborhood, your Honor." the man told the mayor. "She's got to be punished to teach other people around here a lesson." LaGuardia sighed. He turned to the woman and said "I've got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions--ten dollars or ten days in jail." But even as he pronounced sentence, the mayor was already reaching into his pocket. He extracted a bill and tossed it into his famous sombrero saying: "Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; and furthermore I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Baliff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant." So the following day the New York City newspapers reported that $47.50 was turned over to a bewildered old lady who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren, fifty cents of that amount being contributed by the red-faced grocery store owner, while some seventy petty criminals, people with traffic violations, and New York City policemen, each of whom had just paid fifty cents for the privilege of doing so, gave the mayor a standing ovation.

This chapter is all about that kind of grace. It is about the kind of grace that reaches out to the undeserving and lifts them out of their condition, forever changing them and their surroundings. It may be that there are some here this morning who need this kind of grace in their lives. If so, I want to tell you that there is hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. Some already enjoy this kind of grace. For those, this message will be a mere reminder of what Jesus has done in and for them. Wherever you stand with the Lord, there will be help for you in this passage today. Now, let's join David as he extends his grace to a man named Mephibosheth. Let's watch David take Mephibosheth From The Poor House To The King's House. As we do, know that what David did for Mephibosheth, Jesus can do for you and much more too! I want to show you from these verses that Everything Changes When The King Comes Calling!

I. MEPHIBOSHETH'S FAMILY

(Ill. In the South, a person's family tells you a lot about them! If a person has the wrong family heritage, it can cost them social standing. In fact, one of the first things we want to know about someone new is, "What kind of family does he come from." While that is true in the physical realm, it is also true in the spiritual realm.)

A. V. 1 A Disgraced Family - He was the descendant of king Saul. He was born into a family that had been rejected by God, 1 Sam 15:23. This family had once been in power, now they were out of favor with God and with men.

(Ill. The same is true for every person born into the human family. There was a time when humans were given dominion over the earth, Gen. 1:26, 28. However, when man sinned in the Garden of Eden, the entire human race fell from power and from favor. Now, all humans that are born into this world are born as members of a disgraced and fallen family, Rom. 3:10; 23; 5:12.

B. V. 1 A Doomed Family - All the descendants of Saul had been earmarked for death. In fact, David had been busy purging the sons of Saul, 2 Sam. 3:1. Because Mephibosheth was a descendant of Saul, he too was doomed to die an inglorious death.

(Ill. So it is with those born into the human family. We are born under the curse of death, Eze. 18:4. Every person who is born into this world is born destined to die. Why? Because was are sinners before the Lord, Rom. 6:23. There is a death sentence on the entire human family!)

C. V. 4 A Destitute Family - The Bible tells us in verse 4 that Mephibosheth was living in a place called "Lodebar." This is a word that means "No Pasture." This was in the house of "Machir", which means "Sold". Mephibosheth was living in a place of poverty and want. Consider the fact that Mephibosheth was a cripple. He had been dropped by his nurse when he was 5 years old and as a result he was lame on both of his feet, 2 Sam. 4:4.

Because he was lame, he could not work. He had inherited nothing but poverty and death from his family. He was a man who was in a desperate situation. He was a man who was missing the best life had to offer. He was a man in a terrible condition.

(Ill. The human family is in a destitute condition as well. He is in a position of having "no pasture". He is "sold" under his sins. He is lost and needs a Redeemer to deliver him from his slavery! We are born in sin and are doomed to Hell and there is nothing at all that we can do about it. You see, a lost sinner cannot save himself. He cannot turn over a new leaf and be better. He cannot purchase salvation. The lost sinner is absolutely destitute before the Lord God. Helpless, hopeless and completely without power. The human condition is summed up quite plainly in Eph. 2:12, "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:"

D. V. 1, 3 A Desired Family - Notice that despite all the bad blood between David and Saul, David wants to honor the covenant he made with Saul's son Jonathon, 1 Sam, 20:11-23. David, therefore, reached out to Mephibosheth because of the love he had for Jonathon. This family that was disgraced, doomed and destitute has become a desired family. David wants to reach out to them and bring them into a relationship with himself.

(Ill. This is a picture of what God has done for the sinner. Just like Mephibosheth, our family was doomed, disgraced, and destitute. And, just like the family of Saul, there was one who loved us. As amazing as it may seem, God loves the human family, Jer. 31:3. He proved His love when He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, John 316; Rom. 5:8. Now, God reaches out to sinners on the basis of His love for us! You see, we cannot buy our way to God. We cannot work our way to God. Just like Mephibosheth, we are lame on our feet and we are helpless and hopeless before God. But, because the Son of God went to the cross in our place and died for our sins, God desires that every member of the human family be saved, 2 Pet. 3:9.)

(Ill. Mephibosheth's family left a lot to be desired, but being who he was placed him a position to experience the grace of King David. Now, it may not thrill your soul to have the Bible call you a sinner, but being a sinner places you in a position to experience the grace of God. Why? Because of the simple fact that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners just like you and me, "When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.", Mark 2:17.

I. Mephibosheth's Family

II. MEPHIBOSHETH'S FRIEND

A. V. 1-4 He Sought Him - When David heard that Jonathon had a son, he began the process of finding Mephibosheth. David sought him out.

(Ill. I am grateful this morning that the sinner has a Friend Who seeks for the sinner's soul, Luke 19:10. Jesus is the lover of the soul and He actively seeks those who are separated from Him by their sins. He reveals this to us in Luke 15. There we see Jesus seeking that which is lost until He finds it. So it is with those who are lost in their sins. The Lord seeks them and pursues them because He loves them and wants to save their souls. I thank God there was One Who came looking for me one day!)

B. V. 5 He Sent For Him - When David discovered where Mephibosheth could be found, he started the process of bringing Mephibosheth unto himself. He sent his servants to fetch Mephibosheth from the place of death, defeat, disgrace and doom. Please note that this whole this was not Mephibosheth's idea! It was conceived in the heart of David and it was carried out through the efforts of David alone. Also, put yourself in the place of poor old Mephibosheth. He must have been terrified when the King's soldiers came to take him to Jerusalem. Surely, he feared the worst. However, David did not have evil plans for Mephibosheth, only plans that were good. In fact, the day the servants of David came to get that poor crippled man turned out to be the best day of his life!

(Ill. My, what a picture of that which the Lord has done for the redeemed! He sent His servant, the Holy Spirit, to call us unto Him, John 16:8. When the Spirit of God comes by and shows you yourself as a sinner, that is a terrifying day! For the first time, you really see yourself as you actually are. You can see how wicked and how wretched you are. You know without a shadow of a doubt that you deserve to go to Hell. You know you are guilty and you need a Savior. That is a state known as "conviction." It is a fearful thing, but when a soul is convicted, that is the greatest day that soul has ever enjoyed! Nothing hurts quite so much, but salvation hinges on our being called to come to God for salvation, John 6:44; John 6:65.)

(Ill. I remember the day when the Spirit of God came calling me to Jesus! It was a hard day, but it was the best day of my life! Is the Lord calling you today?)

C. V. 6 He Spoke To Him - When Mephibosheth came before King David, he bowed himself before David in humility. He even referred to himself as a "dead dog", v. 9. This man knew he deserved nothing short of judgment and death, yet when David opened his mouth to speak, he spoke words of peace and encouragement to Mephibosheth! He could have said "No!" to David, but where else was he going to go?

(Ill. This is just what the Lord Jesus does to every sinner who comes before Him in repentance. I remember how I felt when I faced the lord the first time. I was terrified and I knew I deserved Hell. But, what I received was something far different and far better. When a sinner comes before Jesus they will find a Friend and not an enemy. They will find One Who cares and not One Who condemns. They will find help and not hell. They will hear Him speak peace to their souls! That is the greatest sound the soul has ever heard! I could have said no to Jesus, but where else could I go, John 6:66-69? You may be thinking of telling Jesus no this morning, but friend, where will you go, Heb. 2:3?)

D. V. 7 He Spared Him - When David speaks to Mephibosheth, he does not condemn him to death. Instead, he speaks to him as one who is much loved. He promises Mephibosheth that he will experience kindness (read "grace"), restoration and provision. David is telling him that everything has changed now that the king has come calling!

(Ill. Every person under the sound of my voice this morning deserves to go to Hell! We do not deserve mercy, we do not deserve grace and we do not deserve salvation. However, those are just the things we receive when we come to Jesus by faith. Every Hell bound sinner who will come to the Lord to be saved will find his sins forgiven, his sentence stricken from the books, his future changed and his destiny sewed up. We cast ourselves upon the mercy of a God Who has the power and the right to cast us all into Hell. Yet, when we accept Jesus Christ as Savior, everything changes! We are no longer God's enemies, but we become His sons! We are no longer doomed to Hell, but we become destines for Heaven. We are not sinners, but saint. Not separated but sons. We find ourselves brought into the family of God the Father. Thank God, there is a Friend in Jesus, Pro. 18:24.)

I. Mephibosheth's Family

II. Mephibosheth's Friend

III. MEPHIBOSHETH'S FUTURE

A. V. 13 A New Place - This man is moved from the poor house to the king's palace. He is taken from nothing and given everything. He has a new place to live his life.

(Ill. So it is with the child of God! We are brought out of the horrible pit and given a brand new life to live for His glory, Psa. 40:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:17. Beyond that, we have the precious promise that there is a home awaiting us when the pilgrimage of this life is past, John 14:1-3. Everything changes when the king comes calling!)

B. V. 7, 10-11, 13 A New Provision - Notice that we are told four times that Mephibosheth is going to eat "from the king's table." This implies that his every need is going to be met out of the resources of the king. He is to live as if he were a king's son and the king is going to take care of him from that day forward.

(Ill. The same promise belongs to the child of God this morning! When we get into God's family, we become His responsibility. And, He has promised to take good care of His own, Psa. 37:25; Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6:25-34.Thank God, everything changes when the King comes calling!)

C. V. 11 A New Parent - Among all the things this man got, the most precious was his new relationship with David. The king was his enemy that morning and by nightfall, he was his father! David adopted Mephibosheth into his family and he became the some of David.

(Ill. This is the same thing that happens to every repentant sinner! The instant that a sinner trusts Jesus as his Lord and Savior, that sinner ceases being the enemy of God and becomes a child of God, 1 John 3:1-3. God becomes our Father and we become His children. It is a special and intimate relationship that we are given in the Lord Jesus Christ. As His son, I can dine at His table. I can fellowship with Him. I can come before His throne whenever I need Him. I can be as close and as intimate as I want to be with my heavenly Father. He changes everything when He comes calling!)

Conc: There are many things I haven't figured out in this life. But, there is one thing I know for certain. I know that everything changes when the King comes calling! How? Nearly 18 years ago, He came calling at the door of that wretched place I used to live. A place called sin. He came knocking on my heart's door and when I responded to His knock, He came in and changed everything!

He longs to do the same for you this morning! Some of you have never been saved. If you died today, you would go to Hell. But, this morning, the Spirit of God is calling you to come to King Jesus. The Lord has sent His Servant to call you to come to the palace. What will you do this morning? Will you go to Him, or will you stay in your Lodebar? Everything changes when the King comes calling, but only if you will answer His knock, Rev. 3:20.




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