I am intrigued by the story of Mephibosheth in the Bible. First of all his name alone is pretty interesting-and tough to say. You don’t hear a lot about him but those are the Biblical accounts that I enjoy digging into.
Some facts about Mephibosheth: (You can read about him in 2 Samuel 4 & 9. You can also read about Jonathan and David’s friendship in 1 Samuel.)
-He was the son of Jonathan, who was the son of King Saul.
-Jonathan and David were the best of friends even though King Saul pursued David to kill him as he was threatened by David’s authority and the favor that God had shown him. (It was pretty much the ultimate forbidden friendship!)
-King Saul and Jonathan were killed in pursuit of David and word came back to Mephibosheth’s nurse. She scooped him up to run but fell with him causing him to be crippled in both feet.
-Mephibosheth lives a great deal of his life lame and left out until one day David remembers a covenant that he made with his BFF, Jonathan, to remember his household and do them no harm. David finds that their is indeed living heirs of Jonathan and he then invites Mephibosheth to his table forever.
Ok, so those are the facts but the story reminds me of these things:
1. Fear can CRIPPLE: Mephibosheth’s nurse was terrified and rightly so. However, her intense fear caused Mephibosheth to become crippled. Others actions can cripple us, so to speak. Our actions can cripple others as well causing them pain and heartache. If we let fear dominate, the results are never God’s best.
2. COVENANTS can restore: David remembers his promise to his friend Jonathan and seeks out his family to bless them. (He ends up returning the properties of Mephibosheth’s father, Saul, to him.) David did not have to do this. He could have killed out all of Saul’s line as most kings likely would have but not David. He was a man of his word. How we respond to a promise can change our life- or someone else’s. Being a person of my word can be difficult or have no seen benefits for me but may be a step of obedience that God is asking me to take to bless someone else.
3. An invitation to COME: David invited Mephibosheth to dine at his table for every meal. Mephibosheth was likely an outcast due to his handicap but David looked past that and saw him as the person to which his promise to Jonathan would fall on. His open invitation to the King’s table not only allowed him physical sustenance but elevated him to a royal status. We are invited to the King’s table. This open invitation is for everyone. He doesn’t ask us to be perfect but asks us to come as we are, crippled and lame. All we have to do is show up.
I absolutely love this story because it is the story of us….we are full of fear, without courage, crippled and lame and then we realize that we have been summoned by the King of the universe to take our place at His table. Just like Mephibosheth asked King David, “Who am I that you pay attention to a stray dog like me?” (2 Sam. 9:8 MSG), I often ask God the same thing. “Who am I that you would care for me?” BUT…He does. He loves us and cares so much that he has a seat at his majestic dining table, place card with our name on it, beautiful dishes set out, decadent mouth-watering food for our souls, ready just for us.
The presence of your company is requested at the royal table. Come as you are.