“Repentance” is a simple Greek word in the New Testament. It
means “to turn from, to.” “Sin” in the New Testament is very simple: it
is “falling short of the glory of God.”
The glory of God is Jesus, and Jesus sought always to do the will of the Father who sent Him. But we, as the Old Testament statement says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” We have done what we wanted to do. So God “laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
Surely He was bruised for our transgressions; He was broken and
bruised, whipped at Calvary. He paid the penalty. Why? Because of a
covenant. Why? Because God wanted us.
And like a dumb sheep, I have gone my way. But when I see it, that when I was a shameful thing wandering in a place of no pastures, He would send for and fetch me to Him with no merit of my own, suddenly…what is my response? God knows the psychological makeup that is man: when you try to do something for somebody to get something in return, you just wall them away from you; but if you ever do something for somebody that is just an act of love and they know they don’t deserve it, what is the response?
Love. This is an illustration often I repeat: if I am drowning in a river
and know it, and you jump in and drag me to the shore, I don’t have to
talk myself into liking you on the bank. It just happens.
To really know that you are a shameful thing in Lodebar, a place
of no pastures, and that the King in His glory sent for and fetched you, is
to stand amazed in His presence. He looked beyond the faults and saw
the need. He went past the lame knees.
That is what brings forth the response of turning from my way to Him. “What am I? What is thy servant that you would give such attention to me?” “Bread alway…for he did eat continually at the king’s table.” We ought to be able to sing until the walls shake in this church, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”
Pastor Melissa Scott continues her teaching . . . The last picture of this Old Testament saint just boggles my mind.
David’s son, Absalom, later rebelled against David. While David was
running from Absalom across Jordan, Ziba, that old crafty servant, came
to meet David. (2 Samuel 16) David didn’t see Mephibosheth at Jordan.
David, still concerned about Mephibosheth, asked where he was. Ziba
lied and cast a bad picture on Mephibosheth, saying, “Well, he is sitting
back there and he thinks because you are off the throne that he is going to
get it again.” When David finally came to Mephibosheth and was told
Ziba had lied, David did something similar to what Solomon was to do
later. He said, “Since there is a controversy, I am going to divide the
inheritance of Jonathan and Saul. I am going to give you half of it,
Mephibosheth, and I am going to give you half of it, Ziba.” Do you
know what Mephibosheth said to the king? “Yea, let him take all,
forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own
house.” (2 Samuel 19:30) Mephibosheth hadn’t shaved; he had
When David came back across the river and David, to settle
the controversy, would give Mephibosheth half and Ziba half,
Mephibosheth says, “Let him have it all. I’ve got you.” Let him have it
all. I have got you.