When we come to God, our problem is not the sins we have
committed. When you dig deep into the theology of this book, you find
that man is not a sinner because he sins; he sins because he is a sinner.
When God outlines the laws to the people in the Old Testament, He lets
them start where they are.
But when He unravels it in His book, He starts where He is: He always defines the burnt offering first and ends with the trespass offering; but in giving the people their orders, they had to start with the trespass offering and come to the burnt offering.
The burnt offering dealt with man’s condition; the trespass offering dealt with specific sins that the man knew he had committed. From the trespass offering, God moved to the sin offering, which was a little deeper. Eventually man started to ask himself, “Am I a sinner?”
When he thought he was a sinner, he would then catalogue what he had done or hadn’t done. If you ask any man if he is a sinner, he is going to start calculating: “Have I robbed? Have I stolen? Have I murdered?” Then he gets a little more subtle as he comes to an understanding of the sins of the spirit as distinct from the sins of the flesh. But eventually, if he comes to God’s view, he will see he sins
because he is a sinner. There is a “bent” in our nature; there is something
wrong with us. We suffer because of the fall of another.
When Saul’s kingdom was tumbling, Mephibosheth’s nurse was
running, and she fell while carrying him. He was crippled because of the
fall of another, and he was lame in both feet and unable to help himself.
No man can come to God save the Spirit draw him. That is why God
goes to you!
It does not matter whether you were raised in the church or
out of it. Don’t let the devil beat you over the head because of your sins.
But don’t pat yourself on the back as though it doesn’t apply, if you think
you are a little better than some.
Because of the fall of another, the father of this race, Adam, we
were born out of fellowship with God. We were crippled in our ability to
come to Him, unable to even know God’s will, much less do it. Yet God
on His throne, able to speak the universe into existence, kept that
covenant He made because of what was agreed to in the councils of
Heaven. Clear back in time, when the worlds were founded, the Lamb
was “slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8) Because
of that covenant to be written in His blood, He sent for and fetched you.
That is why we are here.
Shameful things…in Lodebar. If you are there, you don’t need me
to define it.
Ever-seeking, never finding. Lodebar: a place of no
When Mephibosheth came, “David said unto him, Fear not.”
David said, “Mephibosheth.” God knows your name, shameful thing.
But David didn’t need an introduction: Mephibosheth. I don’t know
where you are today, but God knows your name. Slipping into God’s
presence, wearing a mask in the presence of the saints, hoping that no one really knows what goes on inside. Listen to God. David said unto him,
“Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s
sake.” Will you write it down? “God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven
you.” (Ephesians 4:32)