Mephibosheth-Exterminator of shame
In the bible Mephibosheth is the son of Jonathan, King Saul's son, Prince of Israel. When Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle and David rose to assume the throne in Israel, it was customary to slay all of the heirs to the throne. This meant that David had the ability to kill Jonathan's son Mephibosheth, to protect his rule.
David and Jonathan were friends with bonds akin to brothers. Their friendship was absolute, both loved God, and both were honourable men. David swore to look after Jonathan's family in the event of his death, and David kept his oath, even at the protest of some of his advisors. He accepted Mephibosheth into his family and he became one of King David's sons, eating and communing with the king. When Mephibosheth was condemned to death by his circumstance, David saved him. I love this history because it shows the absolute grace and mercy that God has for his children. It is a foretaste of what Christ would do for us on the cross.
Does this sound familiar to you?
God made a promise many years ago now, to provide a way for everyone to be made right with him. While we were condemned by our circumstances, weighing heavy under sin and lost, God invited us to his home. He keeps his word, and makes a way for us to become son's and daughters of the King. We are now able to eat at his table, and are reunited in relationship with Him. There is no condemnation for those who know Jesus. Even though we were destined for death, God showed us mercy and grace, that is beyond our comprehension. We won't ever understand it with our minds but we know it in our hearts.
Often when the story of Mephibosheth is spoken about, the focus in is on his disability and injury. God has shown me that there is much more to glean from this story. I love that Mephibosheth's name means 'the exterminator of shame'. God took his shame, and brought him to dwell with the king, and live a life of great privilege. He was redeemed by David.
How much greater is our redemption that we have the opportunity to be kids of the King; our God who's kingdom will never end!