“Every Meal a Sacred Time”
“I observed the manner in which he ate, quietly, attentively, as though he were preparing a sacrifice before the altar. Thus indeed it was, as he later instructed me; for the table at which men sit and eat should be likened to an altar, and those assembled about it must be pure and respectful, as in a sanctuary. Moreover, when men break bread together and do not converse of the Torah they may as well be eating the flesh of corpses or the sacrifice of idols.”
This is an excerpt from a novel by a Jewish historian, Sholem Asch, detailing a young Jewish lads observation of his Rabbi during a meal in the year 32AD. The idea of the Suppertime Conversations is not a new idea from Rev F. R. E. Shaw but rather a return to the Godly way that our Lord intended us to commune with Him during a mealtime. Right from the beginning, our Lord instructed the leaders of Israel to teach the people of Israel how they were to share a meal – respectfully and always with God as the goal. The conversation was always to centre around the word of God – as given to them in the Torah.
Consider not only the manner in which people eat today, but also why they eat – for sustenance and pleasure – important reasons no doubt, but also rather selfish and shallow. Notice where the historian places his emphasis on the meal – it’s on the conversation around the meal rather that the content of the meal. Knowing how strict the Mosaic laws where with regard to what they were and weren’t allowed to eat, and the origins of the food and its preparation, one sees just how important the focus on God was, that even if all the correct procedures were followed in preparing the meal, if it was not eaten in honor of God, then that meal and those that ate it were as if cursed and guilty of the vilest offence. The Lord tells us it is not what goes into a man that defiles him, but what comes out of a man – his words.
Let God be God in your life – for that to happen you have to offer up all to God. Don’t relegate God to “His place” while you eat a meal in front of the TV – He is either God of ALL or not God at all.
— Vincent Stevens —
The Last Supper — When the hour came, Jesus and His apostles reclined at the table. And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:14-20