“Divine invitations to eat and drink occur at the beginning and end of the Bible like bookends which embrace the unfolding story of redemption stretching from creation to new creation .
In the first book of scripture we are told, “God commanded the human, ‘you may eat freely of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of knowledge..” (Genesis 2:16,17)
In the final book of scripture God says, ” …let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.” (Revelation 22:17)
The zenith of the drama is marked by the language of divine hospitality in Jesus’ offer of “the bread and cup to his disciples an act laden with theological symbolism.
“…. Jesus took a loaf of bread and after blessing it he broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said take and eat this is my body. Then Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks he said to them ,
’drink from it all of you,for this is my blood of the covenant, which I poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)
–teaching concepts were taken from Robert C. Stallman’s Ph.D. Dissertation on “Divine Hospitality in the Pentateuch”, Westminster Theological Seminary ,1999.
May the scripture serve as a banquet table filled with spiritual nutrition for your journey. Come let us eat and drink together the heavenly food and beverage that has been set before us..
See Matthew 22:1-14 for further reflection.
Prayers: That we might all dine on one heavenly food. For God’s divine presence in our impending elections. For God’s Grace Community Church’s Support Minster and Sister in Christ Maureen Herzog, who is having back surgery today.
The Zoom gathering “The Well” takes place tonight from 6pm-7pm mountain time. If you are not on the Zoom invitation list let Vikki Luce email@example.com know .
Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen