What is it about sitting around a table with others? Have you ever been in a busy restaurant, seen a couple alone at a large table, and asked to sit with them? We have, sort of. It was a long time ago on a cross-country road trip. Now, mind you, it was a camping ground in northern Idaho and we were under the pavilion by the small fire pit trying to cook a palatable supper. They were from Canada and it turned out to be a highlight of our trip. We laughed until our stomachs hurt and it is a night we will never forget – I wonder if they are still together and think about that time? We certainly do!
I’m not sure when tables came into use – I doubt Adam and Eve had one. But, we know Abraham had some table experience…
He took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he (Abraham) stood by them under the tree (the table) as they ate. Genesis 18.8 (ESV)
Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar (the table), on top of the wood. Genesis 22.9 (ESV)
The prophet of God, Samuel, announced the first king of Israel (Saul) at a table…
Samuel took Saul and his servant and led them into the dining hall at the shrine and seated them at the head of the table. There were about thirty guests. Then Samuel directed the chef, “Bring the choice cut I pointed out to you, the one I told you to reserve.” 1 Samuel 9.22-27 (Message)
How can we talk about “the table” without thinking of our friend Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s lame son? One of the great grace examples of the Old Testament. (I wrote about it here.)
David then called in Ziba, Saul’s right-hand man, and told him, “Everything that belonged to Saul and his family, I’ve handed over to your master’s grandson. You and your sons and your servants will work his land and bring in the produce, provisions for your master’s grandson. Mephibosheth himself, your master’s grandson, from now on will take all his meals at my table.” 2 Samuel 9.1-13
Jesus loved sitting at the table with His friends – can you even imagine how awesome those table conversations were? I, for one, believe Jesus was fun to be friends with while He walked this earth. And, He loved to break bread with folks He loved.
He stopped in at the home of Mary and Martha in Bethany, to sit at their table often…Luke 10.38-42
Jesus first miracle was probably performed around the table at a wedding! John 2.1-11
Jesus sat at the table of a tax collector (for shame!). Luke 5.27-32
The Table was important in biblical accounts and I believe it’s important today. I love sitting at a table with friends, enjoying a meal, and fellowship. We don’t do it enough but now that the weather is finally changing I definitely have plans for a few summer table events!
I love the turquoise table movement and if we lived in a neighborhood situation I’m sure we’d have one. Kristin Schell taught us how to become “front yard people.”
Who are you going to invite to your table?
(Kudos to Bible Gateway for their awesome online resources!)