When God gave the Israelites the Passover meal, Moses told them, “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD-a lasting ordinance” (Exodus 12:14). God chose long ago to use meals as a way for us to honor and remember him. God knew, as we have come to discover, that life is full of distractions that can lead us to forget about the people and areas of our life that matter the most. Regardless of how busy and distracted we become, however, we have to eat. Likewise, we have to remember and honor God to survive spiritually (Matthew 4:4). Thus celebration and eating together have long been natural bedfellows and part of God’s plan for survival in this life. The truth of this was not lost on Jesus. And in fact Jesus’ words reveal to us that these types of meals were meant for more than just this life.
Keep following this blog in October to read Part 2 of Lorenzo Woods’ article.