So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table just like one of the king’s sons. – 2 Samuel 9:11
After King David had defeated all of Israel’s enemies and established his throne in Jerusalem, he began to wonder if any of the former King Saul’s descendants remained. He wanted to bless them (not annihilate them as others might have done) and when the king discovered that one still remained, that is exactly what he did. Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan (son of Saul) became a member of David’s own family (like a son) and regularly dined at the king’s table for the remainder of his life.
Like Mephibosheth, our ancestor (Adam) became the enemy of the King, forfeited our right to an inheritance, resulting in an irreparable handicap for all his descendants (sin). Yet the King, by grace, showed mercy and offered to restore our inheritance, inviting us to sit (though unworthy) at His table for all eternity.
What a kingdom! What a King! What a promise! “He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:3).”
Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves? – Martin Luther