MEDITATIONS FROM THE PSALMS

 

MEDITATIONS ON SPIRITUAL ADOPTION #19

NOURISHMENT

 

April 7, 2010

Reading: 2 Samuel 9:1-13

 

"So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king's table" 2 Samuel 9:13

 

If you have read the scripture reading for today's thought you have read one of the greatest illustrations of spiritual adoption in the bible. David asked if his good friend Jonathan had any relatives left to whom he could show kindness and was told of Mephibosheth. The only problem was that he was a cripple, he was "lame in both his feet" (v 13). Ziba, a servant in the house of Saul, felt it necessary to inform the king of the young man's infirmity for what good would a cripple be to him? David was not interested in Mephibosheth's usefulness, he just wanted to be kind to him.

When some of the circumstances in this story are applied to our adoption into God's family it opens our understanding even more to the glorious beauty of this act of the King of Heaven.

1)     Mephibosheth was a cripple (v 13)

2)     He was called by the king (v 5)

3)     He was as one of the king's sons (v 11)

4)     He ate continually at the king's table (v 3).

 

Let us consider specifically the fact that "He ate continually at the king's table." This was an important thing for it is mentioned three times in the space of four verses. This was no Bed & Breakfast establishment into which this young man was invited-enjoy your breakfast but you are on your own for lunch and dinner-no, he was invited to participate in every meal that was prepared for the royal family.

David could have shown him kindness by bringing Mephibosheth into his household as a servant and, as such, could have fed him and provided for his every need. What a blessing this would have been-something beyond his wildest dreams, but no, he accepted him as one of his sons therefore he joined the king's family and ate with them at the same table. He ate the same food and consumed as much as he wanted. Oh, precious Father, is this not a picture of what You have done for me?

 

"I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love" Song of Songs 2:3-4.

 

A son is fed a better quality of food than a servant and, instead of serving it to others, he himself is served. A son can eat until he is satisfied-his rations are not limited. A son can eat whenever he wants, even between meals. When the prodigal son returned to his father he was accepted as a son, not a servant, and was fed the choicest of food, the fatted calf (Luke 15:11-22).

But what is the food that our heavenly Father provides for His children? Our human diet usually consists of a variety of foods including bread, meat, fruit and drinks. A variety is not only necessary to our health but without it our eating habits would become very boring. The same things are true for our spiritual nutrition. However, instead of shopping at Safeway's where we can walk up and down the aisles picking and choosing which items we desire, God points us to a Man, His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only the Source of our spiritual food, He is our spiritual food.

 

"And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst" John 6:35.

 

In Jesus there is great variety and the more we draw our nutrition from Him the greater the variety of food and drink we experience. It cannot be said of the life of God's children that it is boring. The more we feast on Him through prayer, meditation and the reading of His Word the more He excites us with both familiar and new, refreshing samples. Our souls cannot be truly satisfied by imitating the world with its bingo, dances, drums and guitars, and various entertainment, but only in desiring Him who is the "Desire of All Nations" (Haggai 2:7).

"There is a tendency about us all to get away from Jesus, and to look rather to the streams than to the Fountain-head. Why are we more taken up with bits of glass that sparkle in the light than with the sun himself? That tree of life, in the midst of the Paradise of God-we forget to eat of that; and we wander to the borders of the garden, to pluck the fruit of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil" Charles H. Spurgeon.

Jesus is not only Bread but "Living Bread." The bread we buy from the store is dead already-its main ingredient had to die before it could be made into bread. Jesus is "living Bread" and as such can give life to that which was dead.

 

"This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever" John 6:50-51.

 

From these words it can readily be seen that in Jesus there is everything the child of God requires for both growth and maturity. When a person is born again he is given a new life with new needs and desires and Jesus is there to meet all those needs. "He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him" (Heb 7:25), the child of God will never present to his Father a need that cannot be met in Jesus Christ. He is also well aware of what we need but responds to the child who asks. "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" Luke 11:9-10.

 

"Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts! Thou Fount of life! Thou Light of men!

From the best bliss that earth imparts we turn unfill'd to thee again.

We taste thee, O thou living Bread, and long to feast upon thee still!

We drink of thee, the Fountain-head, and thirst our souls from thee to fill.

Bernard of Clairvaux,"

 

Puritan quote:

"It was himself, my brethren, that our Lord set before his hearers as the bread of life; he did not mention anything of doctrine, or of precept, or of ordinance, but himself. He says "I am that bread of life." Of him, therefore, let us think" (C.H. Spurgeon 1834 -1892)

"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing"
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