Guess who’s coming for dinner?


What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?

“Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.” (2 Samuel 9:11)
David, unlike other leaders of his day, doesn’t kill former heirs to his throne.
Mephibosheth represents the enemy that is welcomed with grace.
Based on his covenant of love with Jonathan, David welcomes his son.
God welcomes all kinds of people to the table as well, based on covenant love as well.
“Many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast.” [Matthew 8:11]
We try to guard the table, but the Lord extends the invitation far and wide.
David’s kindness does backfire when he congratulates the new Ammonite king (2 Samuel 10).
It seems that not everyone appreciates God’s kindness either, or responds with kindness.
Jesus, the Son of David, also had people at his table that betrayed him.
But love is willing to take the risk, to restore enemies as friends.
As Jesus followers, we have no more right at the table than anyone else.
We know that just as we are graciously received, others should be as well.
As Jesus followers let us share the table of grace with unlikely guests as well.
“Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.” (Matthew 22:9-10)
Lord, forgive us for being stingy with your grace. May our tables be filled with unlikely guests who need God’s grace as much as us.


  1. Lord should we be kind no matter how others might take it? Should we still be kind when we know they won’t take it well?

  2. One does not always know what the real intent of an invitation. An unsolicited phone call inviting me collect a prize – not sure about this? Methibosheth must of may have wondered about David’s intentions – as Hanun was suspicious of David’s intentions. Beforehand, I don’t know – but I can trust that God will protect me and help me be discerning – if I but trust in Him and ask Him. I need your guiding discernment, Holy spirit – so that I too may discern the right intent – not to follow my own inclinations but yours! Help me to invite others in a way that they will not see ‘bad’ intent but good!

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