Jesus sat at Zacchaeus table. A man who freely admitted that he had robbed and cheated his community. He repented and offered to pay back those he had cheated. Jesus actually had a reputation of eating with people that society frowned upon. Matthew 9:10-11 records -
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus also hung out with those on the opposite end of the social scale - the self-proclaimed righteous people. Luke 7:36 says -
When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, He went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.
The Lord is at our table too. I love this saying -
“Christ is the head of the home, the unseen guest of every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.”
This wonderful assurance can change the atmosphere at many tables. This belief can bless and even correct conversations. The truth that God is always present at our tables can heal family relationships. Knowing that the Lord is with us can transform our meals into wonderful moments of love, joy and peace. It can create opportunities for us to release God's Grace and Healing.
God bless your tables. I pray that every time we sit at the table, that the Presence of God will bless our food and our fellowship.