So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet. ~2 Samuel 9:13
Most of us can’t even pronounce his name. It wasn’t a story growing up that we even heard about in Sunday School. I have only ever heard on message preached about this man.
Who the blazes is Mephibosheth? Well to learn his story you can read about him in 2 Samuel 9. Mephibosheth is the son of King David’s dearest friend, Jonathan.
In an effort to honor his friend, he has his team search out the kingdom to see if there is anyone still alive related to Jonathan. They find his son but he doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of being the son of a warrior. In fact he wouldn’t be the one that most of us would think would even have the profile of being the son of a king.
The servants told David – “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.” (2 Samuel 9:3).
King David is so moved by meeting this kid that he does the unthinkable – not only does he promise to care for him, he promises to care for his descendants, and then invited him to come sit at his own table and to eat their regularly! What an amazing picture of God’s grace.
Why do I share that story? Well there are some special people that I know who are sons and daughter of the King. And they have a huge heart for caring for people who don’t necessarily fit the “mold.”
Elizabeth B and her family are an example of caring for two men who are physically and mentally challenged. They have done this as a family for years.
Elizabeth brought her son, Donald to our Young at Heart conference several years ago. Donald is 59 and has many physical and mental challenges. He can’t say much, but he knows what’s going on. When he greats me with his big smile, he melts my heart. He calls me “Him” and when he arrived at our recent conference, he had a picture that he drew for me.
Donald comes to all the sessions. I am not sure what he comprehends. But I do know this. Robert and I will play “Jesus Loves Me” for him and when we do, his entire face lights up. There is a radiance and joy that goes beyond the physical and mental challenges and he lights up the room.
Apart from a miracle, Donald won’t ever get to sit at the table of the President of the United States like Mephibosheth who was seated at the Kings’ table.
But I do know this – that Donald, being a child of God is the son of the King of kings and Lord of lords and He invites him to sit at HIS table.
I am thankful for my friend Elizabeth and her family for caring for my friend, Donald. Somehow I think that King Jesus has some very special rewards in heaven for people who have loved on and cared for folks like Donald.
Written by Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick: He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Daily Quote: “Doctrine properly understood and applied makes all the difference in the world of belief and behavior. ” ~Dr. Joe Stowell
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness;
Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. ~Isaiah 51:11