Friday, October 31, 2014

Out Of Lodebar

"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly reams in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness" {Ephesians 2:6-7).

         Our Lord Jesus is full of love and kindness. A great many people may be afraid of him merely because they do not know how full of love his heart is. They may be likened to a young man called Mephibosheth who we read about in the Old Testament. He was the son of Jonathan who grew up without knowing how kind hearted David was towards him.
          When David came to the throne, he did not forget his love for Jonathan, his friend. After reigning for sometime, he begun to look round and inquired if there were any of Jonathan's family left that he could be kind to for Jonathan's sake. He was told there was one, but he lived a long way off at Lodebar. This name, Lodebar, means the place of no pasture, and like so many of the names in the Bible, it had a meaning which is very appropriate.
            When the news of Saul's and  Jonathan's death came to their household, there was great alarm, and the nurse of Mephibosheth fled with him in her arms, for he was only five years old. Mephibosheth, in their  haste fell, and was badly hurt that he was cripled for life. Now he was a grown man, but he never dared to come back for fear of David. How little he knew of David's kindness, and love for his father!
          I felt like we were in Lodebar immediately after our mother died. We were a family of five children, and my oldest brother and I were merely teenagers. The rest of our family members were very young. Our parents had seperated many years ago, and we were being brought up by my mother alone, and now she had died.
          I was quite afraid because I did not know what the future held for us, and none of the relatives seemed ready to adopt us, apart from two causins. One was a teacher in Nakuru, and did not have much income at that time. The other lived comfortably with his family in Kiambu, the central provence, which was very far a way from Ndothua. They did not want our elementary education to be interrupted, so the asked the other relatives who lived close to Ndothua to take care of us so that we coulld complete elementary school, then we could move to our causin's family in the Central Provence, to continue with our schooling. The relatives agreed, but not long afterwards, we were seperated from one another with each one of us going to live with a different family. This traumatic experience, like Mephiboseth, had very serious effect in our lives.
        I went to live my uncle at Njoro,which is about seven miles from Ndothua. I spent  two years with his family, but it felt like ten years. After two years in Njoro, my uncle sent me to my causin's family in Kiambu, where I was received with great love and kindness.
           David was not satisfied to have Mephibosheth so far a way from him, and so he 'he sent to fetch him from Lodebar. Mephibosheth had no idea what David wanted. He probably was very much afraid at the summons.
          When he came to David, he bowed down to pay honor.  David said, "Mephibosheth! "your servant,"" he replied. "Don't be afraid." David said to him, "For I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table" (2 Samuel 9: 6 - 8).
       When Mephibosheth heard David speaking to him so kindly, he was greatly surprised. He thought of his lameness, and felt that he was not fit to sit down at the King's table. But David did not mind this, and would not take any refusal.
            This picture story is only a faint type of how the Lord Jesus treats those for whom he has done so much, and whom he has loved so dearly. He does not merely send to fetch them as David did. The Lord Jesus came himself to the place of no pasture, "to seek and to save that which was lost."  David told Mephibosheth that he might sit at the king's table  "as one of the King's sons,"  but those who come to the lord Jesus are not merely like King's sons, they actually become God's children. "How great is the love the father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!" *(1 John 3:1).
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