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ACCEPTING THE ACCEPTANCE

2 SAMUEL 9

Mephiboseth!
Son of Jonathan; grandson of King Saul.
Lame in his feet; depending on his servant Ziba.
Living somewhere outside Jerusalem (verse 4)
Frustrated so much about his life that he considered 
himself a dead dog! (verse 8)

But he didn’t know about one thing, the covenant;
The covenant between David and Jonathan, his father!
(1 Samuel 20 : 12 – 17)

After many years, the invitation came to Mephisobeth!
A favor shown to him because of the covenant!
What was the favor?
One time gift? Monthly allowance? temporary permit?
No! He was given the privilege of eating bread at the 
table of King David! (verse 7)
Not for one or two days but always! (verse 10)
Not like a guest but like one of the King’s sons! (verse 11).

Think about this! 
A privilege given to a person who considered himself a 
dead dog; a person not having the right or might, even to 
enter the KIng’s palace, got the opportunity of being in the 
presence of the king and eating at the king’s table at least 
three times a day throughout his life!
No strings attached!. No ifs and buts!
Pure favor! Power of the covenant!

Mephiboseth accepted the favor and immediately changed 
his residence from some remote village to the city of King 
David, Jerusalem, so that he could utilize the favor! (verse 13). 

There is another covenant, covenant of blood, made two
thousand years ago at Calvary!
This covenant gave us the right to enter the KING’s presence 
and eat at HIS table! 
Not like a servant but as the children of the KING OF KINGS!
Not for one or two days but always!
Favor shown to a person who was dead in his sins!
Grace even to the dead dogs like us!

David’s presence was not assured at his table always, 
but Our LORD’s presence is assured at HIS table always!

You are accepted in the beloved, not because of your merit,
because of the covenant of blood made by our KING,LORD 
and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!

Have we accepted that acceptance properly?
Have we made the necessary changes in our life and lifestyle 
so that we can enjoy the given privilege to enter HIS presence?
Have we thanked HIM enough for the grace bestowed upon us?

Remember, Mephiboseth came and dwelt in Jerusalem so 
that to receive and honor the favor of king!

What about us?


HE PREPARES A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE 
PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES; …… ….. …….
AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE 
LORD FOREVER. ( PSALM 23 : 5 & 6 )

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LOVE FEAST

JOHN 21 : 4 – 14

After resurrection!

The disciples tried their best throughout the night, but
were not able to get any fish.
Waste of time and energy! Worthless effort!
Physical, mental and emotional tiredness!
So tired, not even able to recognize their Master!

JESUS called them FRIENDS!

But, even when they were not asking, the guidance came
from our LORD!
As usual, obedience to the LORD’s guidance brought the
most needed outcome!
They recognized the LORD!

Have you noticed?
Even before they reached the shore, the breakfast was
ready on the shore!

They saw charcoal fire and frying fish over it!
Bread and freshly fried fish!
From where they came?
Surely the fish was not from their net!
What kind of food was that?
Planned and prepared by our Gracious Lord!

Resurrected Jesus prepared a break fast for HIS friends;
To give satisfaction to HIS dear ones, he himself taking
the initiative;
Whenever our human effort drains and saps our energy,
when doubts and uncertainty assails us in all directions,
the Resurrected LORD, willingly and graciously, takes the
initiative to refresh and restore us!

Dear friend,
Don’t think of any refreshment away from HIM!
Learn to relax and rest in HIS presence!

But, at that same time, He did not ignore their
effort, their work, their obedience!

Even though miraculous breakfast, with bread and fish,
was ready, our friend JESUS asked them to bring some
of the fishes they caught!
What they ate?
What they caught or what HE brought?
In a love feast, when friends are eating together,
is it important to know that?

What a lovely friend we have in JESUS!

Their break fast was a love feast of human effort
mingled with HIS divine touch!

Do you think, JESUS can not accomplish HIS mission
with out human intervention?
HE can, but HE will not! Because HE is your FRIEND
Or do you think your effort is not going to make any
impact in the world?
It will, if He is your friend!

Dear friend,
As HE guides you, work, take effort and spend yourselves!
But, always remember, if it is not served with what HE brings,
it will not give you or others the needed satisfaction!

Yes, when your effort based on GOD’s guidance and the
DIVINE touch mingles together, what you have and what
you serve will be of heavenly impact!

Work with HIM and lean on HIM!

Is the RESURRECTED LORD your FRIEND?


 

I NO LONGER CALL YOU SERVANTS, BECAUSE A
MASTER DOES NOT CONFIDE IN HIS SERVANTS.
NOW YOU ARE MY FRIENDS, SINCE I HAVE TOLD
YOU EVERYTHING THE FATHER TOLD ME (JOHN 15: 15)

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