***If you missed part 1, be sure you to read it.
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 anytime he wanted.
I love that! God is so gracious. He treats us just the same. When we come into His kingdom, He not only allows us free access to His presence, but He also gives us an equal share of inheritance rights, and allows us to belly up to His table whenever we are hungry.
In Old Testament times, at the death of a father, the eldest son received an inheritance twice that of his other brothers, because the duty fell to him to provide for his mother and sisters until they married.
However, in Jesus’ day, according to Greek inheritance practices, all legitimate heirs shared equally and jointly, no division would favor a firstborn son. Legally adopted children also benefited from full inheritance rights along with natural offspring.
Being “adopted as (God’s) sons through Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:5 NIV) into the Royal Family, we share full rights equally and jointly with Christ, The Firstborn, because Scripture says, “if we are (God’s) children, then we are…fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him].” (Rom. 8:17 Amp)
Mephibosheth was humbled by David’s gracious offer, just as Ruth was humbled by the grace of Boaz. Mephibosheth said in reference to David as king having the right to kill those related to King Saul, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?” “For all my father’s house were but dead men before my lord the king. Yet you set your servant among those who eat at your own table. Therefore what right have I still to cry out anymore to the king?” (2 Sam. 9:8 Masoretic Text, 2 Sam. 19:28 NKJV)
I love that last verse, especially the way the New Living Translation states it, “All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me among those who eat at your own table! So how can I complain?” Expecting death, Mephibosheth received life and more.
We were doomed also, but, after being granted life and access to the King’s table, as members of His household, what right have we to cry any more to our King? What right, then, do we have to sit and boo-hoo and bemoan our circumstances when the King has lifted us out of that pastureless place of poverty, and honored us with a place at His table of abundance forevermore?
The King has treated all impartially, giving them life, inviting the poor and the lame as well as the prosperous and the fit to come to the banquet table of eternal inheritance.
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.
Our condition never negates our position! Though feeble in the natural, we have inheritance rights, authority, and access to the kingdom, 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)
Do you ever read Scripture and put your own name in it? One day I read 2 Kings 25:29-30 (AMP) and jumped for joy. Put your name in and see if it doesn’t thrill you. (I put my name in.)
It says, “(Lynn) put off (her) prison garments, and (she) dined regularly at the king’s table the remainder of (her) life, and (her) allowance, a continual one, was given (her) by the king, every day a portion, for the rest of (her) life.” Hallelu-jah!
Because of David’s great love for Jonathan, Mephibosheth became the recipient of covenant’s canopy of coverage through his father’s name. As his duty and obligation, David provided total and continuous help for him, bringing him salvation from his lost condition and giving him servants to care for all his affairs.
In like manner, Christ’s great love for His Father brought us salvation from our lost condition. We share the same family name under His canopy of covenant. The Father sends His servants to take care of our affairs, as “spirits who serve God and are sent by Him to help those who are to receive salvation.” (Heb. 1:14 GNT)
I hope your feet will be under heaven’s table and we can share that sumptuous wedding feast together.