Why is the dinner table so important in a home? Why do so many invitations of hospitality revolve around a meal? Because there is something supernatural that takes place when people gather and break bread.
The table is the physical symbol of the Kingdom. “And I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table…” (Luke 22:29-30 ESV).
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20 ESV).
The table nourishes us physically, but the more important connection is spiritual. “When the Old Testament prophets wanted to speak of the day when God’s reign would finally come in its fullness, they depicted a great feast. The great poet/prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming day when Yahweh will prepare ‘a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines’ (Isaiah 25:6). In that day when all that is wrong is made right and all that is broken is made whole, there’s going to be one extravagant meal.”-Barry D. Jones
When we partake in a meal with someone, we are giving them a glimpse of life in Heaven.
Ask yourself this simple, but profound question. If every family would return to the dinner table, and share a meal, do you think our world would be healed? I do! Even when we do not agree with that person, there is something magical that happens at the table.
I think there is something reverent that takes place around the table. We may not fully understand its power, but we should recognize the table and a shared meal as something of high importance. According to God, it is one of the last acts that will take place at the end of time when we celebrate around the table. “And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.’” (Revelation19:9 ESV).
Together with you,