Lo-Debar- a Thing of Naught

Lo-debar was a place where history opened its pages through the Bible and showed its conditions- spiritual, and physical. This city existing even in the time of Joshua carries a negative prefix Lo, and debar meaning “word” or “thing.”  It was there that Jonathan’s son’s nurse found refuge when she had to flee the palace at the news of King Saul’s death to protect Jonathan’s son from being killed.  He was only five years old when his nurse took him up and fled; and in her haste, he fell and became lame (II Sam.4).  She then fled to Lo-debar, where she found refuge in the house of Machir son of Ammiel at Lo-debar (II Sam. 9:4).  While still alive, Jonathan made a friendship covenant with David saying if anything would happen to him, David would take care of his family.  Jonathan knew that David, and not he was to take the throne of his father, consequential to the destruction of his family.  His son was taken and hidden in a remote place, where only the outcasts from society, the unskilled and non-educated people lived.  Lo-debar was nonetheless, a place of refuge.  Mephibosheth son of Jonathan lived there all his life until he was sought for and rescued by King David for the sake of his friend Jonathan.

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