|Prophetess hilda arredondo|
Dear Praying Friends, David was known as a man after God’s own heart. Being a man after God’s own heart meant he was filled with kindness just as our Father in Heaven. David had been on the run trying to get away from his enemies. Finally it seemed that things were slowing down a bit to a “time of rest” for him. One day he was sitting in his palace. In II Samuel 9:1 it reads, “And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” In their younger days Jonathan had been closer than a brother to David and they had entered into a brotherly covenant. In I Samuel 18:3-4 it reads “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.” Part of establishing a covenant was for the individuals to have EXCHANGES; those exchanges meant they took each other’s identity. Jonathan gave David his robe, garments, sword, bow, and girdle in this covenant exchange. Spiritually Jonathan was
handing over to David his personal rights as heir to his fathers’ kingdom (Saul’s). He knew that the calling to be King over Israel was upon David and not him. What a humble young man. He was not threatened, but wanted God’s best for the people of the kingdom to the point that he would give up his right to the throne and handed it over to David. As we read now in II Samuel 9 (which was years later), Saul and Jonathan were now dead and David was sitting at the palace when he remembered Jonathan, his long time friend. In II Samuel 9:2-3 it reads, “And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.” After all this time had passed God REMEMBERED and now was looking to keep His Word of promise. He went to David because He knew that David was his chosen vessel, compassionate and merciful, obedient with a heart full of KINDNESS. When God chooses men who are true leaders, they know the importance of keeping the Word of God at all cost—David was just that! Jonathan’s son was lame on both of his feet. This had happened years back when the “nanny” was running in fear after being notified that Saul and Jonathan were dead. She tripped and fell, injuring Jonathan’s little son Mephibosheth and he became lame on both feet. What a terrible tragedy!
GOD ALWAYS REMEMBERS
In II Samuel 9:4-5 it reads, “And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. Then King David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.” Lodebar means the house or land of “no bread”. This young boy, who now had grown up to be a man, lived in a land that its name meant ‘no bread”. We can imagine what his life was like--he was lame on both feet. He could do very little for himself and was dependent on others to help and do for him. He had nothing much of his own while living with others---we could say he was living in poverty. Here he was the grandson of King Saul living in these conditions. The Bible tells us that the sins of the fathers go down to the third and fourth generation; this was surely the case but things were getting ready to change for the better! In II Samuel 9:6 it reads, “Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!” (Because His name has such a long spelling I will refer to him as Mephi (Mefi) as I continue to write). In II Samuel 9:7-8 it reads, “And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” This young man whose feet were lame all his life had a very low esteem of himself. He referred to himself, not just as a dog, but a dead dog. He did not feel worthy to receive from David the goodness of the Lord’s heart. Our God had looked down from heaven and saw “Mephi’s” suffering as a lame man living in a land known as the land of “no bread” and now was the “SET TIME” time to bless him and David would remember his covenant with Jonathan and obey God and bless “Mephi”.
RESTORATION IS A WONDERFUL THING
David was to do three wonderful things for “Mephi”. One was to restore CERTAIN THINGS. Restore means to give back something that originally was ours. God’s instruction to David was to return all that pertained to Saul and to his entire house. In II Samuel 9:9 it reads, “Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.” Secondly “Mephi” was to sit at the king’s table continually with all the king’s men. Then all the men of Ziba, with his fifteen (15) sons, and twenty (20) servants were to till the land for “Mephi,” bringing in the fruits so that his master’s son would have food to eat, but “Mephi” would always eat bread at King David’s table. (II Samuel 9:10). There is always the time that God remembers his SET TIME and moves upon the hearts of those who will do his bidding on this earth – special men and women after God’s own heart. They are holy men and women who are compassionate, merciful and generous. I believe that this is the year that our Jesus will REMEMBER us who have been faithful in a greater way. He will restore back to us because he has made a covenant with us. At Calvary’s Hill our God looked down from heaven and the blood of the covenant (His son) was spilled there when we cried out to Him to save us! Right then and there we also received the EXCHANGES OF A COVENANT. As Jonathan gave to David his garments when they entered into a covenant, our Jesus also gave us the garments of salvation, His robe of righteousness, the garments of praise for the spirit of heaviness, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and his word known as the sword of the spirit and much more. In Isaiah 61:3 it reads, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Also, it reads in Isaiah 61:10 that “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
YOU AND I HAVE A COVENANT
We have a covenant with God through his son Jesus Christ and in that covenant (the Word of God) He promises to restore unto us among many other things what the “cankerworm” has stolen. When we first received Jesus into our hearts all things were restored back to us, but not all was manifested for us to see. You and I, the faithful people of God, grow into new levels of restoration and as we grow into these new days or seasons--manifested restorations will be seen—2014 is such a year for many of us. As “Mephi” Jonathan’s grandson, maybe we have been in the land of “no bread”, or maybe things have been taken from us unfairly. However we have been dead in sin and trespasses without Christ; because we have not known Him, we have been spiritually lame. Suddenly God appears on the scene and says, I have given you the garments of salvation, praise, and now you will sit at my table continually as my child, son or daughter. You see in the covenant as I shared with you earlier, there were exchanges on both parts of the individuals. What did you and I have to give in our exchange to our precious Saviour when we entered the blood covenant with Him. In Isaiah 64:6 it reads, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Yes, just like “Mephi” we didn’t have much to give but filthy rags and were living in the land of Lodebar, the land of no bread. But just as the Lord restored it all back to him and sat him down at the king’s table, the place of the king’ sons, where He would eat bread continually - He will do the same for us! “Mephi” surely was elevated to higher ground and today you and I eat and drink the bread of life continually and we are not hungry or thirsty anymore because of that wonderful covenant. We are in the land of abundance—2014 is a year of restoration for the righteous who have stayed faithful to Him—the year He REMEMBERS us. To God Be the Glory! By hilda arredondo
A PROPHECY FOR GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE IN 2014
This is the year that God will REMEMBER His holy promises to His people and you will see His Word to you come to pass. As I said before, there will be no question about those who are His! We will see that He has not brought us out to leave us, but rather, TO BRING US IN! This is the year that God’s chosen people will enter into their promised land with its blessings. Years ago, my husband and I were driving home from a nearby town. We decided not to take the highway; instead we took the back roads so we could enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery. While driving, we were singing songs to the Lord, praising Him for His goodness and basking in His presence. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a quick glimpse of brilliant rays of color. I turned my head and to my surprise the most vibrant colorful rainbow I had ever seen was before me. It appeared to be so close that I could have run right out into that field, touched it, and stood in the midst of it. If it had not been for a high wire fence that was in the way I might have tried it! We stopped the car, got out, stood there for a moment and looked at it in such “awe”. It was the most perfect ark that we had ever seen! The presence of the Lord was so great we began to weep. Suddenly, right before our eyes, a second rainbow began to form above it, making a double rainbow! And the Holy Spirit said, “Tell My People I Will Judge Wickedness In America, But I Will Not Forget My Promises To My People. Just As I Provided An Ark Of Safety For Noah In His Time, I Will Not Forget My Promises To My People And Will Reward Their Faithfulness. The World Will Know Those Are Mine And I Will Be With Them Till The End Of Time. I Will Not Put Them To Shame But Will Give Them Double For Their Trouble, For This Is The Season Of Double Portion Of Rewards And Blessings To The Righteous And Double Portion Of Judgment To The Wicked.” – This was a prophecy given to hilda arredondo years past, but still applies to us today!