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One Of The Family

One Of The Family

04 May 2010

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18; Matthew 21

Scripture:

11 “All that my master the king has ordered his servant,” answered Ziba, “your servant will surely do.” And Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, just like one of the royal family. 12 Mephibosheth also had a small son named Mica. All who were part of Ziba’s household were now the servants of Mephibosheth. 13 Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, taking all his meals at the king’s table. He was lame in both feet. (2 Samuel 9:11-13 MSG)

Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son, King Saul’s grandson. He was homeless, a cripple, and when he heard King David was looking for him, he feared for his life. It was normal practice, you know, for a king to systematically execute every male from a previous dynasty in order to protect his throne from threat.

Instead, David gave this homeless cripple all the lands and property of Saul’s family and assigned a small army of servants to work for him. Then David said, “Mephibosheth, not because of anything you have ever done or not done, but out of love and grace – out of my friendship with your Dad – I’m making you part of my own family. You’ll eat at my table with my own sons!”

This is a perfect picture of God’s grace! I was a homeless cripple living under a death sentence. Then God, in an act of sheer compassion, mercy, and grace, made me a brother to his Son Jesus and invited me to become a valued member of his family. Now I’m sitting at the king’s table and angels look out for my interests.

Just in case I should ever forget who I am and where I come from, I think I will change my name to Mephibosheth. Jim Mephibosheth Stephens. And as I learn more and more to trust in God’s unconditional and unfailing love, I’ll enjoy every day in God’s house and every meal at his table. Like one of the Family!

Prayer:

Father, May I never assume that it’s because of anything I have done that I have the right to be part of the family and sit at your table. May I never forget that apart from your grace and mercy I’m a homeless cripple. May I never take for granted what I have and may I never think for a moment I’m better than someone else. Thanks for grace and mercy. Thanks for making me one of the Family! Amen!

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