August 10, 2008 Matthew

The Lord’s Banquet

The idea of the Lord’s supper is that it is a prophetic feast foreshadowing the great wedding feast to come. It is a time of celebration and thanksgiving for what has been promised to come.

The Lord’s supper is better represented therefore as a feast or banquet where everyone is able to contribute in someway, especially for the cause of the poor, crippled, lame, and blind.

Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothersor your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:7-14)

Along with this is the taking of bread and wine for the remembrance of the great cost of this promise.

I’d love to see such a great party at least once a year or so to allow members the opportunity to give substantially of their “fresh produce” to one another. It is also bringing into a new covenant perspective the old covenant “tithe” where everyone contributed whatever they could to a great “party”. Because God is a giver, we ought to be givers. This is where those “who cannot repay you” receive great mercy just as we have received it—not on account of any merit or worth of our own but simply because it is good and obedient, as well as joyous. Let no one give reluctantly or under compulsion but as each decides in their heart. (2 Cor. 9:7)

“And you may spend the money for whatever your heart desires, for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.” (Deut. 14:26)

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