PARENTS BEWARE OF YOUR DEEDS
Dear parents please let us beware of our deeds. We should always think twice before we take any step because of the repercussion. The word of God says, ‘do not be deceived, God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap’ (Gal. 6:7 KJV).
As you journey in the year, remember that every bad deed has its own repercussion and every good deed has its own gain, so be very careful of what you are going to do or how you behave. We will consider the story of King Saul, Jonathan, Mephibozeth and David in this write up.
King Saul was the father of Jonathan while Jonathan was the father of Mephibozeth. “Jonathan; Saul’s son had a son who was lame in his feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel: And his nurse took up and fled. And it happened as she made haste to flee that he fell and became lame. His name was Mephibosheth” (II Sam. 4:4). David was the servant to king Saul so David went out whenever Saul sent him and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
I Sam. 18:5. (KJV) Jonathan the son of Saul loved David with his whole hearted. Now when he had finished speaking to Saul the Saul of Jonathan was knit to the Saul of David and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant because he loved him as his own soul (I Sam. 18:1-3) the causes’ of hatred of King Saul to David. Despite the fact that God allowed David to risqué the Israelite from the hand of Philistine when God gave David opportunity to killed Goliath the women of Israelite sang the song of praises given the praises to David more than King Saul. Since then King Saul developed the hatred to the extent that king Saul wanted to kill David.
So the women sang as they dance and said Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousand. Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him and he said. They have ascribed to David ten thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom, so Saul eyed David from that day forward. (I Sam. 18:7-9 KJV).
But God used Jonathan to rescued David from the hand of his father, king Saul. Each time that king Saul planned to kill David, Then David fled from Ramah and went and said to Jonathan, what have I done? what is my iniquity and what is my sin before your father, that he seeks my life. So Jonathan said to him by no means; you shall not die. Indeed, so Jonathan said to David what ever you yourself desire, I will do it for you and David said to Jonathan indeed, tomorrow is the new month and I should not fail to sit with the king to eat, but let me go, that I may hide in the field until the third day at evening. Then David said to Jonathan. “Who will tell me, or what if your father answers you roughly? and Jonathan said to David, come let us go out into the field. Then Jonathan said to David, the Lord God of Israel is witness, when I have sounded out my father sometime tomorrow, or the third day and indeed there good toward David and I do not send to you and tell you, may the LORD do so and much more to Jonathan. But if it pleases my father to do evil then I will report it to you and send you away, that you may go safety.
And you shall not only show me the kindness of the LORD while I still alive, that I may not die, but you shall not cut off your kindness from house for ever no, not when the LORD has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth. So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David saying let the Lord require it at the hand of David’s enemies. Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him for he loved him as he loved his own soul (I Sam. 20:1, 3, 4-17 KJV). You can see the characteristics of doing good or doing evil. Saul, the king desperately wanted to kill David but God used his son, Jonathan as an angel of protection. This is how God does His work.
Who is that person that stand on your way and said he will kill you? God will not allow it in Jesus name amen. That was how they separated David went on his way while Jonathan went a head on his way. “Now king Saul and armor bearer, and all his men died together that same day” (I Sam. 31:6 KJV). David now remembered all what Jonathan did for him. He wanted to show his kindness to the house of Saul because of Jonathan not because of Saul. What will you be remembered for, good or evil? The time has come when David wanted to show his kindness to the family even when Saul and Jonathan were not alive. Have you ever seen a person who planted an orange and harvested mango on it, the answer is capital No. Jonathan planted a good seeds and his son Mephibozeth reaped it and enjoyed it throughout his life time.
Beware of what you are planting. Now David said, “Is there still any one who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan sake? And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, so when they had called him, are you Ziba? He said’ at your service! Then the king said, is there not still some one of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God? And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet, “so the king said to him, where is he?
And Ziba said to the king. “Indeed he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammi-el in Lodebar, then the king David sent and brought him out of the house of Marchir the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. Now when Mephibozeth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said Mehpibozeth? And answered, here is your servant! so David said to him, do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually “Then he bowed himself and said, what is your servant, that you should looks upon such a dead dog as I?
And the king called to Ziba Saul servant and said to him, I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to his entire house (II Sam. 9:1-9 KJV). (To enjoy the story you can read the whole chapter) One day you will die, what you have done is what you will be remembered for. ‘And as it is appointed for a man to die once but after this judgement’ (Heb. 9:27 KJV). What will help you to do good as God expect is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and your Saviour this will help you, go to the church where they preach the undiluted word of God. Shalom.