"I'll Call Nobodies and Make Them Somebodies"
We are not
in covenant with Jesus. Jesus is in covenant with God the Father and we are grafted into that covenant. That this is true is illustrated into the covenant between David and Jonathan.
Mephibosheth was the beneficiary of a covenant between David and Jonathan. Likewise, when we embrace the life of Jesus we become the beneficiaries of the covenant between Jesus and God the Father. That means we don't
need to settle for the life we have earned on our own merit. We have a covenant right to all that Jesus has. Why are you settling?
“Even for us, whether we are Jews or non-Jews, we are those he has called to experience his glory. Remember the prophecy God gave in Hosea:
'To those who were rejected and not my people,
I will say to them: "You are mine."
And to those who were unloved I will say:
"You are my darling.”'
'In the place where they were told, "You are nobody,"
this will be the very place where they will be renamed
"Children of the living God."’
"And the prophet Isaiah cries out to Israel:
Though the children of Israel
are as many as the sands of the seashore,
only a remnant will be saved.
For the Lord Yahweh will act
and carry out his word on the earth,
and waste no time to accomplish it!”(TPT).
1 Samuel 18:1-4
"When he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was bound to the soul of David, so that Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not permit him to return home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul. So Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, even his garments, his sword, his bow, and his belt" (MEV).
2 Samuel 9:1-10
"David said, 'Is there still anyone left from the house of Saul to whom I may show kindness on behalf of Jonathan?'
"Now there was a servant from the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. So they summoned him to David. The king said to him, 'Are you Ziba?'
"He replied, 'I am your servant.'
"The king said, 'Is there no one else from the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?'
"Ziba responded to the king, 'There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.'
"The king said to him, 'Where is he?'
"Ziba told the king, 'He is at the house of Makir the son of Ammiel at Lo Debar.'
"So King David sent for and brought him from the house of Makir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar.
"Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan the son of Saul came to David and fell upon his face and bowed down. Then David said, 'Mephibosheth,' and he responded, 'I am your servant.'
"David said to him, 'Do not be afraid, for I will certainly show you kindness on account of Jonathan, your father. I will return to you every field of Saul, your father, and you will eat at my table perpetually.'
"He bowed low and said, 'What is your servant that you should be concerned for a dead dog like me?'
"The king summoned Ziba the servant of Saul, and he said to him, 'All that belonged to Saul and to all his house, I have given to the son of your master. You will work the ground for him—you, your sons, and your servants. You will bring in the produce so that the son of your master will have food to eat; but Mephibosheth, the son of your master, will always eat at my table.' Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants" (MEV).
At the age of 30, David became king of Israel. Despite the hostility with which Saul had for David, the new king was determined to fulfill the terms of a covenant he had made years earlier with Jonathan, Saul's son.
David learned that a son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth, lived in a place called Lodebar. David determined that he would adopt, or graft, Mephibosheth into the royal family as part of the covenant David had made with Jonathan.
Mephibosheth was wary as the king's men approached him in Lodebar, but he want with them to meet with David. He had to be overwhelmed with gratitude to learn that he would receive all of the benefits of being part of David's family.
Many of us settle in Lodebar because we believe we aren't worthy of anything else. But because we have claimed a relationship with Jesus Christ, Jehovah Joshua Messiah, God the Father treats us as though we were His child, as well.
Mephibosheth received tremendous blessings for being part of the house of David. We receive the same blessings when we become part of the house of God the Father. Those blessings are: