When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” Luke 14:15 ESV
I started with there’s no fear at the table. Then I wanted to look at what's on the table but really got distracted by what the table was. This time I’m exploring what is set on our table.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
He has been challenging me not to ask for peace or self-control. He has already set them before me on the table and within me by His Spirit. I need to cultivate them and let them out. He can’t give me more but He can teach me...
Since I wrote No Fear at the Table I have been meditating about what is on the table.
A banqueting table (Song of Solomon 2:4). A table set in the presence of my enemies (Psalm 23:5)!. A Passover table (Exodus 12). A Communion table (Matthew 26:26-28). The prelude of the table at the celebration feast of the wedding of the Lamb and His Bride, the church (Revelation 19:9).
What does it mean for it to be all these things? I’m not doing a deep theological study. These are my prayerful thoughts and what God is revealing to me as I listen and read His word.
A banqueting table is lavish, above and beyond. And it’s not just a banqueting table it’s a king’s, The King’s, banquet table. More than enough. Nicer than it “needs” to be. Everything about it is extraordinary. The quality, presentation – everything.
He sets this table for me right in front of...
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18 KJV
I always felt condemnation when I heard that verse.
I thought it should be comforting and reassuring so I felt even more condemned.
I experience fear, therefore, I don’t have perfect love. There must be something wrong with me because I still experience fear.
Jesus is perfect love and in His presence, there is no fear. It was so comforting. I don’t need to get to a point where I have no fear. Maybe that’s not humanly possible. But I don’t have to. I just come back to love. I come back to the person of love.
I rested in that for a couple of days. On Sunday during worship, the songs came together to solidify the revelation. One line from a song says “Fear doesn’t stand a chance when I stand in Your...
We can have an influence.
A little back story from 2 Samuel 20. Sheba son of Bikri is causing King David problems – again. As Joab is pursuing him he hides in a city called Abel Beth Maakah. Joab builds a siege ramp and began pounding on the walls of the city.
A wise woman of Able asks to talk to Joab. She sees there is destruction coming to her city in a very real way and she speaks up.
Joab comes to speak with her. She asks why he is destroying her city. I’m sure as the King’s general he didn’t need to give her an audience. We are not given her name, but Joab gave her audience. She carried authority.
She knew her city and her heritage was a heritage of having the wisdom of the Lord. People would come to her city, and likely to her, for the wisdom of God. She knew they were peaceful and faithful in Israel.
She questioned Joab, “Why are you destroying a...