So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table (2 Kings 25:29 NIV).
This king of Judah who was carried into exile was thirty seven years in prison. He was eighteen years old when he surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. He had spent his best years in prison in a foreign land. He might have had lost all hopes of seeing the light of day as a free man. Yet when another king came to power he was released.
When he was released he was given a seat of honor higher than the other kings who were there in Babylon. He also ate at the king’s table. One most important thing he had to do was that he had to put aside the prison clothes. This is more important than we think. That is because many of us who eat regularly at God’s table are often dressed in prison clothes!
We often carry around us a “prison complex.” By this it is meant that we often keep saying that we are poor sinners. Yes, it was true about you. But now you are freed from your prison. You are now at the King’s table. Why do you need to carry your prison clothes with you. If you simply cannot imagine an earthly prisoner who is released to eat at the King’s table while wearing prison clothes, why do you think that you can eat at God’s table with your prison clothes? Remember, God has released you. So change your attitude. Know that you are truly free. Change into royal robes. For God has accepted you. He does not keep reminding of your past. But He wishes you to enjoy your new liberty at His table as His child. Know every moment that you are seated with the King!