If you’ve never heard the story of Mephibosheth, you’ve got to check it out. The truths that it communicates are just inspiring. You can find Mephibosheth’s story in 2 Samuel starting in chapter 4 verse 4.
Here’s the short review from Sunday…
At 5 years old, Mephibosheth’s life was turned upside down. In one day, he lost both his grandfather (King Saul) and his father (Jonathan). Since the king and his son died, there was no one to assume the role of king other than Mephibosheth who was 5. Instead of that happening, King Saul’s best general, David, was going to be installed as king making Mephibosheth a fugitive. So a nurse picked him up in a hurry to get him out of harm’s way and ended up dropping Mephibosheth crippling him for the rest of his life. They escape to a distant land called Lo-Debar where Mephibosheth grew up.
After some time passes, King David is looking for any of Saul’s family to show kindness to and learns that Mephibosheth is still alive. He sends a servant to Mephibosheth to let him know his intent to show him kindness by restoring to him the land of his grandfather, King Saul, giving him 35 servants, and extending an invitation to regularly eat at the King’s table.
I would imagine that Mephibosheth spent years blaming King David for the way his life ended up, the injuries he sustained and ultimately thinking that David wants to kill him. When he heard the knock at the door, his heart probably sank. Yet it wasn’t what he thought it was going to be. He was expecting death and instead received incredible blessings!
Here’s some of the truth we talked about on Sunday…
We all are fallen & broken spiritually.
Romans 3:23 reads, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…” and what it means is that we’re all in the same boat. We’ve fallen far from the standard required by God and we’re not able to fix ourselves. We need a Savior!
The King, Jesus Christ, pursues us.
Thankfully, God didn’t leave it there. Jesus is recorded in John 3:17 saying, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” God sent His Son into the world on a mission. That mission wasn’t condemnation, but salvation. King David was expected to murder Mephibosheth because he was the rightful heir to the throne. Instead, David showed him mercy and gave Mephibosheth an incredible blessing. So many people expect Jesus to condemn them, but what he really wants to do is bring mercy and blessing into our lives.
The King’s table covers our sin.
One of the blessings Mephibosheth receives is an invite to the King’s table. We too receive a similar blessing. In Luke 22 Jesus is talking with His disciples telling them about the kingdom they’re receive someday and in verse 30, he’s inviting them to His table. “…that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom…”
When Mephibosheth sat at that table no one saw his crippled feet. They saw a man of power that had a special blessing from the king. The table covered his deformity. In the same way, the blood of Jesus Christ covers our sins and Jesus has reserved seat with our name on it at His table in His Kingdom.
Here’s the point…
You are not invited to the table because of who you are or what you’ve done. You’re invited to the King’s table, you’re pursued by the King because of what He’s already done and who He is. The most important thing you can do as a follower of Jesus Christ is learn to rest in Him and let it move you beyond religion into a bold and confident faith where you have to prove nothing and you’re free to truly live your life to simply bring God all the glory you were designed to bring Him.
You’re not worthless. You’re worthy! You’re not forgotten. You’re pursued!
Hear the May 10th, 2015 message.