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November 18, 2018

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Sunday Morning Podcast Nov 18, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: NUMBERS 4:7  And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon:

JOHN 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Jesus is the bread of life.  If we eat and drink of Him, we will never hunger or thirst spiritually again!   Serving and fellowshipping with Jesus, is as partaking of a great feast He has laid out before us.  But at that dinner feast, many other entities come to also be present with us.  Often things of opposition to our faith and encouragement.  Suffering and resistance in the form of various “afflictions.”   In the way of these sufferings or the midst of our enemies, we still have hope in Jesus.   Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Psalms 23:5 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?  Maybe unpleasant opposition,  or enemies.  Do we expect the opposition while we are in Jesus’s presence?   A enemy, traitor,  thief,  etc.,  do we expect these “guests” when serving and communing with Jesus?  They are a reality of life, and must be acknowledged as part what we have to deal with.  We can fight it, flee from it, or  “stay present” to deal with it, with the help of Christ.  We need to resolve the problems.  Jesus had to deal with it in many forms, but the most well known was Judas the betrayer.  Jesus did not flee from Judas at that last supper.  Jesus did not attempt to fight off Judas.   Instead He “stayed present,”  …He served and washed Judas’s feet.  All the while He knew that Judas was going to betray Him.

Thanksgiving is a good metaphor for this message.  Having a meal together with those invited is almost a spiritual thing to many.  “Breaking bread together.”  We have a meal together…or “sharing the salt.”  You season your togetherness with “the sacrifice of your self.”   Jesus wants to benevolently share this meal with souls. He demonstrated this by even inviting Judas, and not just to “tolerate” him.  Jesus, after all, washed Judas’s feet.   Judas is a type, or symbol of the opposition to us.  We must stay present with it.  Not trying to fight it, or escape it.   Sanctification is what gives us the power to stay present with opposition, and be humble to admit when we’re wrong.   To be able to serve God even with all our human traits of vulnerability.   To be able to eat of the dinner table Jesus invites us to,  with all the suffering life will bring to us all.   We can remain thankful, and be willing to be present at “this table” even in the presence of our enemies.   Because Jesus is at the dinner table with us!

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?