Some background: David and Jonathan held a blood covenant between them in which David had promised to preserve Jonathan's lineage. This story is told in 1 Samuel 18-20. David had been anointed king even though Saul remained in power after God rejected him because of his disobedience. David was a man marked for death, but Jonathan knew God would ensure that David prevailed against all enemies. Out of David's love for Jonathan, he promised to ensure Saul's family line would continue. Now we come to Mephibosheth, Saul's heir.
Mephibosheth was essentially in hiding and since he was crippled in his feet, he had to be cared for. In fear for his life, he lived in a place called Lo-Debar. Literally, Lo-Debar means "No Word" or "No Pasture"; a place of desolation. Mephibosheth was outcast, broken and had no hope. The sins of his grandfather were laid upon him in this way.
But David remembered his covenant, and tracked down Jonathan's son. Mephibosheth was brought to the palace, and would eat at the king's table for the rest of his life. Not only that but David restored all of Saul's lands to him as well. Mephibosheth's son Mica would continue the family line.
What a glorious picture of redemption and grace. The relationship between the houses of David and Saul were restored because of a promise. David's love for Jonathan restored honor to the house of Saul when he had every right as the anointed king to wipe Saul's seed from the face of the earth forever.
But David lavished grace upon Mephibosheth because of who his father was.
So Mephibosheth ate at David's table, like one of the king's sons. (2 Samuel 9:11 ESV)I just love it when these grand stories of the Old Testament foreshadow God's gift of his son Jesus;
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."how we are to become son's to a father who promises to restore our relationship with Him;
(John 3:16-17 ESV)
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.how we are to eat at His table for all eternity.
(Galatians 3:25-26 ESV)
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying,
“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
(Hebrews 2:11-12 ESV)
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.Jesus lavishes grace upon us because of who His father is.
(Revelation 3:19-20 ESV)
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.Jesus, thank you for rescuing me from my place of desolation, my Lo-Debar, an outcast without hope, and bringing me to the place of your choosing, grafting me into your family and feeding me with your Word. Thank you for grace upon grace.
(John 1:16-17 ESV)