The sins of our forefathers will leave us crippled
Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became crippled. His name was Mephibosheth2 Samuel 4:4 (NIV)
We are hearing about a young Prince. When God made a human being, He made him in his own image and gave man higher position than all creation. He gave man dominion. The young prince, the son of Jonathan, the grandson of Saul who was the anointed first King of Israel. Here we see the consequences of sins that have been committed by our fore fathers. As human beings, we were born into sin through Adam who sinned before God in the Garden of Eden. When God created human beings in the beginning, he gave man a glorious image which was in his likeness, which changed after Adam sinned.
We get into trouble because of the sins of our forefathers
As we read the verse above, we learn of the Son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth, who became crippled because he was dropped by his nurse. Something tragic happened, a 5 years old boy received news that his father Jonathan and his grandfather Saul died whilst in battle. He did not even understand that his grandfather Saul was rejected by the Lord after his disobedience. Saul even consulted a spirit medium, trying to make up with the servant of God, Samuel who had already died.
Mephibosheth was dropped by his forefather
When news came that the family died, the nurse panicked, with anxiety, she dropped the boy, and he became crippled on both feet. She ran with him to be in Lodibar to be away from his inheritance and a prince, because of the sins of his grandfather. Mephibosheth was dropped and he became crippled, and he couldn’t walk at all. There are people who are not able to walk and do things on their own because they were dropped. And now it is very different for them to run the race. Mephibosheth was dropped by the grandfather as well, after Saul who sinned, he passed curses to his grandson. Some people today, you are where you are now because of the doing of your forefathers. Because of the traditions that was passed on by your forefathers.
Are you in LoDebar today?
Today you find yourself in LoDebar, in hiding, in exile because you had great grandfathers like Saul, who rejected the Will of God, now you are going through their consequences, the inherited curses! You become banished from your own land. You stay in a sorrowful land not because of choice but because of what you inherited. Here we speak of a 5 year old depending on the caregivers. The boy who got crippled by his forefather’s sins.
When leaders like Saul who reject the commands of the Lord, they start consulting “inyangas” and “sangomas”, this lead us to have children who are dropped and crippled. Some of you things are not moving because you were born into that family where that grandmother was waiting for you to get born to initiate you into witchcraft and those demons.
Curses through the bloodline
You get born into a family that already have familial spirits, they come in your dreams masquerading as dead relatives, when you entertain them, it’s the more you suffer. When you got born in the family, you find those spirits already reigning in your families. There are people who say, “I do all that is said in the church, but nothing of mine is moving”, no improvement, it is because you have been crippled, your forefathers sold you to the spirits, to the Tokoloshes and the snakes. Demons like these are inherited through the bloodline. You are born already they are there, you try to succeed, they still block. And when you entertain them it is the more you suffer.
they still block. And when you entertain them it is the more you suffer. You get born into a family where they appease the ancestors (“amandlozi”), they slaughter goats and cows to impress the ancestors. These ungodly traditions that are passed on from one generation to another. Where during a funeral it is said to be a tradition to slaughter and spill blood so that the evil spirit can endorse their covenants in the family.
Other people do not enjoy the blessing of the Lord because they have been dropped by their caregivers. A child who doesn’t receive love from parents becomes vulnerable to receive the lies from the devil, they are angry at their parents. This then becomes a generational anger. An angry boy grows up and lives in anger even in marriage and the whole family will not have joy, it get passed on from generation to generation.
People who were not cared for by their caregivers, they pass their problems to their society. They become like control freaks. When a child is not looked after, he grows up with anger, he will try to control himself but as he grows up. When he gets married, he will control even his spouse as well. This emanates from childhood anger. These are crippled people who do not have peace, very controlling, possessive and full of anger inside. These people still live in Lodibar with no joy. They control people in their work place, at home and even in their families.
The Lord will show Compassion to you
Pastor Mukhuba read us a verse that showed that after David became the king, he showed compassion to the family of Jonathan, who was his beloved friend, whom they made a covenant before he died. Let us read 2 Samuel 9:1-13
9 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”2 Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They called him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “Your servant,” he replied. 3 The king asked, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.”4 “Where is he?” the king asked. Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.” 5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “Your servant,” he replied. 7 “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.” 8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.
10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.
12 Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet.
We learn that most kings in David’s day tried to wipe out the families of their rivals in order to prevent any descendants from seeking the throne. But David showed compassion to Mephibosheth, whose father was Jonathan and whose grandfather was King Saul. Davis was kind, partly because of his loyalty to God’s previously anointed king.
In verse 5-6, Mephibosheth was afraid to visit the king, who wanted to treat him like a prince. Although Mephibosheth feared for his life and may have felt unworthy, that didn’t mean he should refuse David’s gifts.
God will show His kindness to us always
God has chosen to turn our curses into Blessings. And he has done that through Jesus who became a curse for us that we might inherit the blessings of Abraham. This comes true in our lives. Many of us as parents may be able to relate to this. As we journey through difficult times in our lives, God often by his grace turns those difficult times into blessings that come in our future. His promise to us is that all things will work together for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.
When we look at verse 7“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.” The word of God is talking to our situation. Today. It does not matter where you have been for in your life, there has been a call from the Lord, which says “Is there no one at UNITY who I can show my kindness for the sake of my son Jesus Christ?
David was a covenant keeping friend to Jonathan the father of this crippled man. I also know that my Lord is a covenant keeping God. When God graciously offers us forgiveness of sins and a place in heaven, we may feel unworthy, but we will receive these gifts if we accept them. A reception warmer than the one David gave Mephibosheth awaits for all who receive God’s gifts through trusting Jesus Christ- not because we deserve it but because of God’s promise, as it is said in
Ephesians 2:8-9, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
ovenant Keeping God…
Child of God, when the Lord Jesus was hung on the cross, He spilled his blood for me and you. He was the lamb that was slain to atone our sins. Once you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become part of an agreement that is made in Blood, a covenant. God is a covenant keeper. This reminds me of David who made covenant with Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18:3. We serve a faithful God. He has great plans for me and you. Plans to prosper us not to harm us. As it is said Jeremiah 29:11. When God created you, it was for you to be of royal family, not to stay in Lodibar, in lack, in suffering and in torment. You have to be in Jerusalem with the King. As Children of God today, through the new covenant we get restored to where we are supposed to be.
Get out of LoDebar!
Those who owned us before must know that it is over with them. You cannot die in Lodibar. You are going to eat at the king’s table every day. Mephibosheth! Today you are invited to the king’s table. Get out of Lodibar! You have to eat in Jerusalem. This is a call coming out to you today, get out of the suffering, get out of Lodibar and enjoy your inheritance in the king’s palace.
It does not matter even if you are crippled!
Some of you say, “Pastor, you don’t know where I have been, you don’t know my family background, you don’t know my parents and siblings, we are doomed, we are crippled by serving these ancestors”. I say “No more tears, there is a table that has been laid by Jehovah”.
It doesn’t matter anymore what your ancestors did. Your children will not know the suffering of your growing up. They will not know Lodibar, they will grow up in Jerusalem. Your children will not be subjected to what you were exposed to. It stops here. For you are accepting the call to get out of Lodibar into Jerusalem. There is the blood of the new covenant which make you to access the table of the Lord, which has everything. There is abundance in that table.
As a child of God, why do you remain in Lodibar and remain sick with your children? You should move out and get out of Lodibar, get into Jerusalem where there is healing. The devil is a liar. Your torment has ended today as you take the call of God to be in the King’s table, to be a Christian. Get out of the land of your biological father, leave the ungodly traditions, and forget about the pagan rituals.
Decide today to come to the Kingdom of God, who is the Master and our Shepherd. Our dependable guide. Follow the precepts of God and obey all his commands. For we know it is said in Psalm 23 that:
1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. 2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.3 He refreshes and restores my life (myself); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. 4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for you are with me; your rod [to protect] and your staff [to guide], they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with[a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. May the Lord Jesus Christ lead you to greater Opportunities and possibilities in your Marriage, in your careers and your health today.