The Table Of The Lord
During special occasions and during the different holiday seasons many people get invited to attend parties and dinners at peoples’ homes. Years ago it was the custom to lift up your glass and toast the person or persons who invited you to the occasion. Today, maybe the best man may still toast the bride and groom at their wedding, but I think it has become a lost tradition. As believers we too, are invited to attend the Lord’s table. When we think of the Lord’s table we think of the “Last Supper,” we think of Communion, but what we call the “Last Supper” was actually the Seder Meal at Passover. It was during this time that Yeshua lifted up the unleavened bread called the Afikoman and broke it, which was the tradition, as Matthew 26:26-29 tells us, “Now while they were eating, Yeshua took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is being poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you, new, in My Father’s kingdom.”
Yeshua is our food and drink. He is the Bread of Life and the Well of Salvation.
He is the true manna from heaven, the finest of wheat. John 6:31-35 says this, “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’” Yeshua then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” Yeshua said to them, “I am the bread of life; the one who comes to Me will not be hungry, and the one who believes in Me will never be thirsty.”
Yeshua, when asking the Samaritan woman for drink, says this to her in
John 4:10-14 , “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” She said to Him, “Sir, You have no bucket and the well is deep; where then do You get this living water? You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well and drank of it himself, and his sons and his cattle?” Yeshua answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.”
You see Yeshua is our portion and cup and it is this cup, the Cup of Blessing, which is also a part of the Seder Meal that we lift up to bless His name, because He is the host who invites us to come and feast at His table day or night. When we come in prayer or when we come and study His Word, we come to His table. We must always come in the Name of the Lord Yeshua as He tells us to in John 16:23
“Truly, truly I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.”
Yeshua is our sacrifice, and it was the blood of the sacrifice that allowed the High Priest to draw near to God. Same with us. We must always draw near by His shed blood, because He is our sacrifice. We must be washed clean in His blood as
Matthew 22: 11-14 says this, “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet, and throw him into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” And again in Revelation 19:7-8, “Let’s rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has prepared herself.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Isaiah 12:2-3 says, “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”
Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.” And again Psalm 116:12-13 says, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.”
The Cup of Salvation is also one of the four cups at the Seder Meal.
This is the communion of the Lord. Yeshua said, “When you do this Remember Me” Everytime we come before the Lord there is a proper way to come, and when we do, then we can properly come and bless our Host and feast at His table.
Our God is a God of abundance and when He lays out a table it is of the choices of meat and drink as Isaiah 55:1-2 says, “You there! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.
Today, come to the Table of the Lord, and lift up the Cup of Blessing, and give a toast to your Host!