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Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2010 04:18:37 -0700 (PDT)
Forthright Magazine 
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A Place at the King's Table
 by Jeff A. Jenkins

In our Sunday morning Bible class last week we studied
the life of Mephibosheth. This lesser known man of the
Bible was the grandson of King Saul. He lived a
difficult life. Because of Saul's failures his family
was forced to leave the kingdom.

As a small child, Mephibosheth, due to the a terrible
fall, became crippled in both feet. He was taken to the
land of Lo-debar. The name means a place without
pasture, a place of desolation. Mephibosheth was
destined to live the rest of his life away from his
home in a desolate place.

King David, because of his friendship and covenant with
Jonathan, son of Saul, sought out Mephibosheth.

When he was found, David ordered that he be brought to
him. David told Mephibosheth that he would restore to
him all the land that had belonged to his grandfather,
and that there would be a permanent place reserved for
him at the King’s table (2 Samuel 9:7).

Every child of God has a kinship with Mephibosheth.
Like him, because of the fall, we are all crippled.
Like him, because of sin we are alienated from the King
and his kingdom (Ephesians 2:12).

Like Mephibosheth we are brought back to the kingdom,
not because of some great thing we have done, but
because of God's love (Ephesians 2:13).

We have a perpetual invitation to come to the throne
room of the King (Hebrews 4:14-16). Like him, we have
a permanent seat at the King’s table (Mark 14:25).

As we gather around the table of the King this week,
let us be mindful of Mephibosheth. Let us remember
where we came from and how we arrived at this moment in
our lives.

Let us remember that we are all crippled people who
have been made whole. Let us remember that it is
because of God's love that we are able to gather. Let
us be thankful for God's amazing grace that offers us a
seat at the King’s table.

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