Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Table Manners

Table Manners was shared in the School of Deuteronomy on the 16 August 2013. These notes are not edited but i had to put them here at the request of those who were in the class. they are not designed to make more sense to a new reader at the moment but will be sorted later. This was just a spontaneous discussion on Sons and table manners. When we have the time we will package this lesson and discuss it at length. Bottom line, WE SEE SONS IN HOW THEY BEHAVE AT THE TABLE.

Whenever I come down with Daily word I attach value to it. I pray that when you receive Daily Bread you will arrive at that consciousness of attaching value to it.

The problem is never the absence or the presence of the Word/ Bread; it is how we welcome the Word/Bread. The Son welcomes Bread differently than servants and slaves. The table of Sons is set differently.

The curse of the slave is the inability to discern the food of the King’s table. Not that he has no table manners but there is simply no table at all.

The purpose of the King’s table is not to fill the stomach but to communicate the culture of the Kingdom. Therefore no one stays away with lame excuse of full stomach like servants do.

Proverbs 23 vs 7 KJV-For as he thinketh in his heart, so

is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart

is not with thee.

Dining together at the table is in the expression of the heart: My heart is with you!

People were never allowed to have their heart somewhere as they sit on table. In the bible days you were never allowed to cook the food in anger for in the spirit you are feeding poison to family.

Proverbs 23 vs 6 (English Standard Version)-Bible Gateway. Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies. This is because eating is about sharing spirit not food on the table. Eating with this man causes the spirit in him to go over to you!

From the table set in the bible days you were able to see the lifestyle of the family. You could tell who their God is and you knew their culture as well.

Sonship is therefore measured on how we respond to food. In their eating you shall know whose sons they are. That is why when Adam ate of the tree; he declared who his new father was. Sitting around any table is a spiritual encounter; even in a restaurant.

The main thing is not that you are eating a lamb stew but the Jew and Muslim will be revealed in that table as they will want to know which religious way was followed in slaughtering that lamb. It is not about filling the stomach it is about what culture you communicate as you dine.

I am just preparing the rules of the Sons’ Table. I judge you on how you respond to my table and not on filling your stomach. That is what Proverbs 23 is about.

1 Corinthians 11 verse 28-34

28-Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.

29-If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences.

30-That’s why so many of you even now are listless and sick, and others have gone to an early grave.

31-If we get this straight now; we won’t have to be straightened out later on. Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later.

33-So, my friends, when you come together to the Lord’s Table, be reverent and courteous with one another.

34- If you’re so hungry that you can’t wait to be served, go home and get a sandwich. But by no means risk turning this Meal into an eating and drinking binge or a family squabble. It is a spiritual meal—a love feast.

The other things you asked about, I’ll respond to in person when I make my next visit.

Sons examine themselves before any table they come to. These were not the days of the Holy Communion Snack as we do today. It was a feast/ dinner in the Presence of the Lord. Therefore it was a culture of Sons in of their coming together at the Table. We are therefore not judged on the work we do in the Kingdom but with our heart’s motive in the Table of our Father.

Proverbs 23 vs 1-8,

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what

is before thee:

2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou

be a man given to appetite.

3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they

are deceitful meat.

4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for

riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

6 Eat thou not the bread of

him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so

is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart

is not with thee.

8 The morsel

which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

This is the last part to this teaching. The father is teaching his son how to live a disciplined life.

The first lesson is table manners. In this Proverbs 23 discipline is measured by how you behave before FOOD; WINE and RELATIONSHIPS. The Holy Communion is also about BREAD; WINE and RELATIONSHIPS. This is all in the table.

Shalom.
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