Dedication – Part 7
The first time Jonathan made a covenant with David was immediately after David had defeated Goliath. “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul”. 1 Sam. 18 v 3. This covenant was renewed and entered into a second time.
“Thou shalt not only while yet I live shew me the kindness…But also thou shalt not cut off thy kindness from my house for ever…so Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, Let the Lord even require it at the hand of David’s enemies. And Jonathan caused David to swear again.” 1 Sam. 20 v 14 – 17
The third time they renewed their covenant was when Saul out of jealousy began to pursue David to the point that he had to stay in the wilderness of Ziph in the woods.
And Jonathan Saul’s son arose and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, Fear not for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee, and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee…AND THEY TWO MADE A COVENANT BEFORE THE LORD. 1 Sam. 23 v 16-18
God has a programme of reinstatement for those who lose positions or favours. You can recover your lost status. What the first Adam lost by eating the forbidden fruit, the second Adam (Jesus) got back through fasting. Likewise, what your forefathers lost by demonic covenant, you can regain by a godly covenant.
The Curse Of Mephibosheth
Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of King Saul was initially born and raised in the palace. But due to a bizarre twist of events in the political scene of Israel, he found himself dropped into obscurity.
First, King Saul was killed. Then Abner, Saul’s Chief of Army Staff took Ishbosheth the son of Saul and made him king over all Israel, while he defended the kingdom from being taken by the house of David.
In the process of two years, Abner was also killed. Then, Ishbosheth was murdered in his bed and beheaded. Thus, the dynasty of Saul came to an abrupt end.
Mephibosheth was five years old when news came that Saul and Jonathan had been killed, and his nurse hastily took him in her arms and fled. In the process she fell and the child landed awkwardly.
Initially, he didn’t feel any pain. He looked okay. She picked him up and continued running with him in her arms. It was a short while later that she discovered he had been badly hurt. E
xhausted, she placed him on the ground and told him to get up and run. She begged him to stand up but he couldn’t. It was then she discovered that his back had been broken and he had become lame.
So, here is a former heir to the throne, crippled and disfigured. In addition, he had lost all claims to the throne. Worse, he had to go into hiding as he was apparently one of the few survivors of Saul’s house that would’ve been killed by the new government if discovered.
In those days when a new government came to power all the sons of the former king were sought for and killed, in order to eliminate the chance of a successor arising to contend with the new government.
He went in to hide at a place called Lo–deber. The literal Hebrew interpretation means “No Word”. A place without enlightenment, a place you are left without light.
Lo–deber is made up of two words Lo, meaning “no”, “not” or “zero”. Deber means, “Word” so, it’s a place of zeros, a place of the nothings and the nobodies.
So, not only did he lose the throne, he also lost his legs, his ability to move. Then he degenerated to the zero point of hiding. His name, Mephibosheth, which means “son of shame” seemed to crown it all.
By virtue of his name, he was literally under a curse right from his mother’s womb. Your name depicts and forms the boundaries of your life. You are what your name declares you to be.
Names and statements we release on our children when newly born affect them for life.
Women, mothers in particular have to be very careful especially when putting to birth. It is a known fact and biblical reality that women who have hard labour often end up releasing abusive words on the newborn child and even naming them negative names that stick to them. Gen. 35 v 17 & 18.
When Phinehas’ wife was putting to birth, a series of bleak incidents took place. First her father-in-law, the high priest of Israel fell and broke his neck and died.
Then her own husband was killed by the sword of the Philistines along with his brother Hophni. Then news also reached her that the army of Israel had lost the battle and the Ark of the Covenant was taken. At this time, the pains of delivery gripped her and she experienced a difficult and painful delivery. 1 Sam. 4 v 20 & 21.
Jabez likewise suffered much in life because when his mother put him to birth, she went through so much pain, hence she named him Jabez, meaning ‘son of pain’ or “son of sorrow”.
Another interpretation for the name Mephibosheth is “son of an idol”. This is even more serious as it implies he had an idolatrous foundation or was dedicated unto an idol. This means that both curses and covenants were involved.
Think about it a while. His grandfather, king Saul and his own father, Prince Jonathan died the same day. And it was also the same day he became crippled.
Rev. Theodore Effiong, Assemblies of God Church, Calabar or Prayer To All Nations (PTAN), Prayer City, Calabar. CRS
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