The family table

Stewards of The Mysteries of God
#40 The Family Table

When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ (Luke 14:14-24)

The family table is a place of covenant
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, 24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me (1 Cor 11:24).

The table is a place of remembrance
This do in remembrance of me (1 Cor 11:25)
In the above scripture we remember the death burial of the Lord Jesus. this is why its importnant to have communion or the Lord s supper in our fellowship. Secondly its important to have a daily table at home so that we too can reflect on the ‘provisions’ of the Lord and reflect on his goodness in supplying our daily needs and daily bread.

The table is a place of unity
When Paul speaks of the church “coming together,” or “assembling as a church,” he is not primarily talking about a morning service but a gathering around the table,

The table is a place for service
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. (Luke 12:37)

The Lords table The family table.
Today folks don’t use the table to sit around and enjoy a family meal together. we sit around the Tv. My suggestions here are for a more intimate family. Where we can chat and discuss the more important things of life. where fathers can set the agenda and give instructions for the day.

Research was done by the BBC reveals that children and teenagers who regularly sit down for meals with others, and a healthier diet, including more fruits, vegetables, and nutrients. for example. If we are alone we tend to binge but when we are in the company of others we curtail our habits. so for this reason alone the family meal time is profitable. Secondly children also learn how to eat well and socialise by observing others at the table. adults can play the role model around the table, its a place where children learn the habits of their parents which can pay dividends later in life as they deal with business people around the table and how they interact with others socially and at business meals. The surprising benefits of eating together – BBC Food

Around the table you have the attention of each other. its the ideal place where you discern the manners and conduct of others. if things are wrong or a family has a problem, its a great time to share concerns and offer advice.

As I have stated above the table is a place of service. I think back to the days when we have means at the fellowship hall, the church sisters who wait onus and serve us with the main meal and desert. There’s a great sense of family takes place when this happens, its more than a ‘get your own food’ idea, to sense the bonding and self sacrifice when others do this for you. As kids we don’t notice this but as we get older and folks take the time to prepare food for us its meaningful and conveys love and respect.

The disciples gathered on the first day of the week around the table
And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. (Acts 20:7).

I’m glad Jesus brought me to the table. I’m thinking of the scripture in Son of Solomon. ‘He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.’ (Song of Solomon 2:4).

I’m convinced its time to get back to the table where we can eat like kings fellowship like kings and talk like kings. Mephibosheth found his place at the kings table and its there too we can receive a personal revelation of the love of the Lord.

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