Have you ever known someone from Lo Debar? You know, society treats them as the nothings. The ones that don’t look like the reflection in your mirror. Maybe they are a different color. Or, they smell bad. Or, they talk differently. Or, they live on the wrong side of town. Or, they have a physical handicap. You know the ones, they don’t look, act, smell, talk, or live like YOU. Or, maybe you’ve spent time in Lo Debar, feeling like a nobody, a no one, less than.
A few thousand years ago a man named David had a best friend, his name was Jonathan – they were such good friends that it is written their souls were knit together. They made an oath, before God, to be friends forever. There was a huge problem though – you see, Jon’s dad was (a rejected) king and hated David (the soon-to-be-king). It was all tied to jealousy, in fact he hated him so much he tried to kill him, you can read about that here. This situation turned worse and the king had David hunted by a posse with orders to kill him, but they could never catch him. These power ploys always end in tragedy and this one definitely did – the king and his three sons were killed in a battle. When David found out his best friend had died, The Book says he lamented.
Now, to Lo Debar and the less-than.
David was the reigning king and everyone loved him – he was known to administer justice to all people. One day he asked his chief ministers if anyone remained from the house of Jonathan – if there were any living heirs to whom he could show kindness. Someone came forward and said yes – there is a son of Jonathan but he has clubbed feet and lives orphaned in Lo Debar.
David the king said, “GO GET HIM.”
The boy’s name was Mephibosheth. He had a terrible self-image, he actually thought of himself as a dead dog and unworthy to be in the king’s presence. He was a less-than.
One wonders why David did what he did – we can speculate…
did he remember what it was like to be thought of as not-good-enough as the youngest brother of eight?
did he remember being hunted down like an animal by his best friend’s father?
did he remember how humbled he was the day he defeated an evil giant?
His mercy and compassion reached over the skeptics and nay-sayers and invited an orphaned boy, who limped and had no future, to his table and restored all his grandfather’s land to him.
Sit at THAT table, taste the grace and then let’s live it!
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25.40