Summary: God invites us to His table, at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb!
The King’s Table
May 13, 2012 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God invites us to His table, at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb!
Focus Passage: 2 Samuel 9:1-13
Supplemental Passage: "Then he *said to his slaves, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 'Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.' "Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests. "But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he *said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?' And the man was speechless. "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' (Matthew 22:8-13 NASB)
Introduction: A widely respected man known as "Uncle Johnson" died in Michigan at the incredible age of 120. Perhaps his advanced years could be credited in part to the cheerful outlook that characterized his life. One day while at work in his garden, he was singing songs of praise to God. His pastor, who was passing by, looked over the fence and called, "Uncle Johnson, you seem very happy today." "Yes, I was just thinking," said the old man. "Thinking about what?" questioned his pastor. "Oh, I was just thinking that if the crumbs of joy that fall from the Master's table in this world are so good, what will the great loaf in glory be like! I tell you, sir, there will be enough for everyone and some to spare up there." Source Unknown.
I. Lost and Forgotten
a. Mephibosheth was destined to be raised in the royal court of King Saul
b. It was all stripped away from him with the king died
c. He was an unknown to the current king
II. Kneeling before the King
a. Mephibosheth was summoned to an audience with the king
b. He prostrated himself before the king, expecting to be put to death
c. David showed him kindness because of Jonathan
III. Dining at the King’s table
a. He was granted all of his his grandfather’s land; a greater inheritance than what he would have received
b. He was given servants, but most importantly, he was given a place at the king’s table
c. God invites us to inherit more than we could have ever expected to receive when we are saved
Invitation: Then he *said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God." (Revelation 19:9 NASB)