Sunday, December 30, 2012

Unworthy to eat at the King's Table?

2 Samuel 9:1-13  David asked, "Is there anyone left in Saul's family to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan's sake?"  (2)  Now, Saul's family had a servant whose name was Ziba. He was summoned to come to David. "Are you Ziba?" the king asked him. "Yes, I am," he answered.  (3)  David asked, "Is there someone left in Saul's family to whom I can show God's kindness?" "Jonathan has a son who is disabled," Ziba answered.  (4)  "Where is he?" the king asked. Ziba replied, "He is at the home of Machir, Ammiel's son, in Lo Debar."  (5)  So King David sent men to get him from the home of Ammiel's son Machir in Lo Debar.  (6)  When Mephibosheth (son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul) came to David, he quickly bowed down with his face touching the ground. "Mephibosheth!" David said to him. "Yes, sir," he answered.  (7)  "Don't be afraid," David told him, "I will certainly show you kindness for your father Jonathan's sake. I will give back to you all the land of your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table."  (8)  Mephibosheth bowed down again and answered, "Who am I that you would look at a dead dog like me?"  (9)  Then the king called for Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, "I have given your master's grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family.  (10)  You, your sons, and your servants should farm the land for him and harvest the crops so that your master's family will have food to eat. However, your master's grandson Mephibosheth will always eat at my table." (Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants.)  (11)  Ziba responded, "I will do everything you've commanded, Your Majesty." From then on, Mephibosheth ate at David's table as one of the king's sons.  (12)  Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. Everyone who lived at Ziba's home became Mephibosheth's servant.  (13)  However, Mephibosheth, who was disabled, lived in Jerusalem. He always ate at the king's table.

King David took over the kingdom of Israel from the tyranny of King Saul. King Saul and his son Jonathan ( David's best friend.) died in battle. Years had passed and David wanted to show the mercy and kindness of the Lord to Jonathan's descendants. Ziba, the servant of King Saul knew that Jonathan's son Mephibosheth was still alive. Mephibosheth was one of the younger sons of Jonathan and was crippled.

The bible gives an explanation about Mephibosheth's crippled feet. 2 Samuel 4:4  In addition, Saul's son Jonathan had a son who was crippled. When the boy was five years old, the news about the death of Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled to Gittaim. She was in a hurry when she left, and he fell from her arms and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.)

Mephibosheth lost  his father and grandfather on the same day, and he was only five years old! To make matters worse, on the same day he discovered the death of his father, he was physically changed forever. Mephibosheth's name meant son of shame. This young man had the worse string of bad circumstances. I  could only imagine what he thought about his life. He probably felt like a failure and disconnected with others.  He had to carry the shame of his grandfather's demise and the lost of family royalty. He probably felt unworthy and by society's thought an outcast.

King David did not care about Mephibosheth's past or family shame. He did not care about his crippled feet or the string of bad circumstances. He cared about honoring a covenant he had with Jonathan. He cared about showing redemption. By all rights, David should have had the remaining family wiped out , so they would not exact revenge on a later date. King Saul's family deserved to waddle in their shame, but David was not your typical king. David stood for something more. He was the foreshadow of Christ and His actions would represent the Messiah's.

David, like our Messiah, brought Mephibosheth in the Royal Palace and sat him at the King's table. Mephibosheth went from shame to a place of Honor. I like breaking things out. Look below at what David did and what Christ has done for us.

David's Example Vs. The Messiah's love towards us. 

1. David showed mercy to Saul's grandson. Jesus shows mercy to us even when we don't deserve it.
2. David adopted Mephibosheth into his family. Through Jesus we are adopted into the family of God.
3. David sought after Mephibosheth so he could show kindness. Jesus, through Holy Spirit, seeks after our hearts and desires to be with us.
4. David restored unto Mephibosheth what was lost to his family. Jesus restores us and gives us back what was intended for us at the beginning of time.
5. David showed compassion to one that was not worthy. Jesus showed compassion to us and redeems us by His action on the cross.
6. David brought Mephibosheth into his palace and private eating chambers. Only His family and other figures of honor were allowed to be in this place. Jesus brings us into his holy chambers and honors us. Only through His sacrifice can we be allowed to enter in.
7. David gave Mephibosheth a place of honor at his table. Jesus has given us a place of honor at his table as well. We can eat with the King every day.
8. David covered up Mephibosheth's shame when Mephibosheth was pushed under the table of honor. Jesus covers up our shame through his blood sacrifice.

What a  powerful story with Jesus in mind.  We are unworthy to eat at His table but our Lord forgives us, redeems us, restores us, and shows compassion to us anyway. What a powerful way to live in Him!!!

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