A Seat at the Table
Have you ever been asked to come to a party of a really important person and you know that you didn’t deserve it?
Let’s say that you do come to the party. Most likely, you will just stay in the back of the room and just be grateful that you are there in the first place.
Let’s say that during the party, the really important person- the host- wanted to have you come on the stage in front of everyone and talk about all your accomplishments.
How would you feel?
You would probably feel pretty embarrassed, humbled and grateful.
Mephibosheth- son of Jonathon in 2 Samuel 9, felt a little like that.
Okay, let me give you some context.
David was anointed king as a teenager, but he had to wait his turn in line with King Saul- a man who was first chosen by God, but then his pride and vanity drove the Lord’s anointing from his life.
So David had to wait, not one year, not 5 years, not 10 years, but 15 years of running for his life and hiding in caves from King Saul.
Then David FINALLY becomes king and we think the first thing that he is going to do is kill ALL of the remaining members of Saul’s family, but he doesn’t. He extends grace- purposely trying to find anyone that he could blessed with the influence that God had given to him.
The only member of Saul’s family that is still alive is poor crippled Mephibosheth.
Someone calls him to come to the palace and see the King. I get Mephi was scared to death knowing that he was the last one in his whole line that has survived the old kingly line.
When Mephi came to the King, he bowed low before him in humility, saying “I am a dead dog.”
David embraced him, sat him at the King’s table and let Mephi live in the king’s household the rest of his live. David also let him have all the land previously owned by his grandfather.
The is the unmerited type of kind of Grace that Paul talked about in Ephesians 2. Where we were “dead” in our transgressions and now we are seated forever at the King’s table by no merit or works of our own doing.
Wow! How great is the grace of God that He has lavished upon us. That while we were crippled in our sin- we were invited at the table of grace- seated with Christ in heavenly places and given our inheritance.
Todays reading: 2 Samuel 9:2
The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”
4 “Where is he?” the king asked.