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Intro to the book:
A few months ago, I came across a passage in the Old Testament that never would have caught my eye, but God screamed it off the page in His bold font voice.
“So Jehoiachin put off his prison garments. And every day of his life he dined regularly at the king’s table.” – 2 Kings 25:29
Those words awakened something in me, because I realized: that is my life story. And it’s your life story too, if you know Jesus. He ransomed us from prison. He seated us at His table.
I meditated on the verse for a while.
What are my prison garments?The ones I’m most aware of are fear, shame, unbelief, regret, control, abrasiveness, mistrust of Your character, specific sin patterns.
And what does it mean to dine regularly at the King’s table?It means that I have Your provision, Your protection. I’m associated with You. I have intimacy with You because I’m with You every day. It means I’m not in control, because You’re the King, so You’ve got the power. But I don’t have to worry about anything because You like me and want me there—a King would never offer an infinite invitation to someone He didn’t want around. That also means Your feelings toward me are fixed and unchanging. For all these reasons, I should rest secure, with peace in my heart and mind.
I realized that I could be freed from prison but still walking through life in my orange jumpsuit. But in view of such a generous King, it seems the most insulting thing I could ever do would be to show up at His banquet table, wearing prison garments that carried the stench of death. Especially since He gave me new clothes: garments of salvation and a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10), strength and dignity (Proverbs 31:25).
This is the story of shaking off my orange jumpsuit. Repeatedly. And sitting to dine with the King.
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