David and Jonathan were one of the Bible’s greatest, bonded friendships. So devoted to each other, they cut covenant.
When a covenant was cut between individuals, it included promises and was sealed with pledges or oaths. Never to be broken – ever!
Most often, an animal’s flesh ratified covenant. After cutting the animal in two, the two agreeing parties walked through the pieces of flesh, as a walk into death, meaning death was the result of breaking covenant.
This agreement blanketed the participants and their entire households. So, if one died, the benefits and blessings were still extended to the rest of the family.
In some instances, exchanges of armor, weapons, and robes took place, which occurred with David and Jonathan.
In the trading of robes, it meant identities and authorities were interchanged, symbolic of “putting on” the other.
The exchange of weapons symbolized protection against the other’s enemies. Knowing his obligation to lay down his life for his partner, Jonathan did so for David when Saul sought to kill David.
Years after Jonathan died, David carried out his covenant obligations by sending his servant in search of Jonathan’s relatives so David might offer his kindness.
David learned of one relative, Jonathan’s son, named Mephibosheth. Many years before, at the age of five, Mephibosheth became lame in both feet when dropped by his nurse in their attempt to flee after hearing of the deaths of Saul and Jonathan.
The reason for their haste? When a king defeated another king, all the heirs of the dead king were put to death.
Mephibosheth lived in a place called Lodebar, meaning pastureless or a place of lack or dryness. Not knowing he could be living in the benefaction of the king, Mephibosheth lived without the advantages of his covenant rights.
Learning of this lost one, King David put out a place card, reserving a seat at the royal table for Mephibosheth and sent someone to summon him.
When Mephibosheth came before David, David explained to him his covenant with Jonathan and his household. Rescued from his deprived condition, Mephibosheth regained his inheritance, the land belonging to his father.
David gave Mephibosheth full rights of inheritance, not only to gain access to the king’s presence but also to eat at the king’s table, as a king’s son forever! He could belly up to the table any time he wanted.
Expecting death, Mephibosheth received life and more.
The Lord always seeks those of His household, those covenantal partners who have run off and hidden themselves, those who suffer in a place of dryness and deficiency like Lodebar.
Because of His eternal covenant, Christ came to summon us to take our place as “members of the household of God.” (Eph. 2:19b NKJV). And as family, we have a place at the King’s heavenly banquet table, reserved with a golden place card engraved with our name.
God invites the poor and the lame as well as the prosperous and the fit to come to the banquet of eternal inheritance and allows us to belly up to His table whenever we are hungry.
Though feeble in the natural, we have received this kingdom right, for Jesus said, “I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on Me, so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom.” (Luke 22:29-30 NIV)
Our condition never negates our position! God does not see us as beggars, gathering crumbs off the floor, nor as Mephibosheths, dangling lame feet beneath the table, but rather, the King sees us as seated royalty, as sons and daughters and heirs of His kingdom.
If your feet are under the King’s covenant table, you have received life and so much more.
Blessings of covenant to you…Lynn