“O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant.”
God comes to us where we are.
Sometimes these are in unexpected ways
Sometimes God comes to us and we may not even know it was God who was speaking to us! (That’s intentional on God’s part by the way. See Luke 24.)
Abraham wasn’t surprised at all at God’s appearing to him at the Oaks of Mamre.
He was sitting in the shade at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. At some point, he looks up and there is God and two angels standing in front of him.
Since no one can look upon God and live (see Exodus 33:20), I understand this to be God in the person of the Angel of the Lord. That is, the 2nd Person of the Trinity who – before his incarnation in the womb of the Virgin Mary – appeared in the form of an angel of God.
Abraham knows this is God but also treats them as honored, human guests by preparing a meal for them.
This may seem rather strange, but not to Abraham. Or to God, for that matter.
It is something that God instilled in the crown of his creation.
I have grown up with this importance of fellowship meals. Each year at the end of May my family has gathered together around a meal. Then again at the beginning of July – both of those meals are usually outside and feature grilled meat of some kind!
Then there’s the meal that comes at the end of November and another one at the end of December – both of those meals featuring roasted turkey and ham!
Then there are birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and other special occasions.
No doubt you have a similar experience, if not the same menus!
This shouldn’t surprise us seeing that God usually makes a big deal about food and meals in his Word!
After Adam and Eve had children, food was part of their worship of God.
Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a meal. Jacob prepared a meal for Isaac in the ceremony that bestowed the blessing on him that promised the Messiah would come through his bloodline.
Jesus teaches and performs miracles at several different types of meals.
And the last book of the Bible describes heaven as the “marriage supper of the Lamb in his kingdom” (see Revelation 19:6-9).
There is no greater fellowship meal, however, than the supper that Jesus gave to the Church. His supper, the Lord’s Supper.
In this supper – celebrated every week in the Holy Christian Church – Jesus gives us Christians his very body and blood under the bread and wine to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation.
More than just a memorial meal, it is God actually, literally, coming to us!
I thank God for this incredible meal that he has given to us and am so happy I can share it with my brothers and sisters in Christ each week!
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