Sitting Around The Table (Exodus 11:1-12:20; Luke 14)

“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old.  You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the 14th day of the month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.”  Exodus 12:5-6

And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house will be filled.'” Luke 14:23

One of my favorite things to do is to sit around the table with family and friends and  simply talk.  Over the years our dinning room table has hosted many glorious moments as God was teaching us. Today he continues to teach us many things.

Imagine as the people of God gathered around the table to partake of the sacrificial lamb in Exodus 12. In a few short hours the Death Angel would come and destroy all the firstborn sons of Egypt, but because of the blood of the Lamb, God’s people would be spared.  This is the true meaning of Passover (Jesus becoming our passover lamb).

Imagine as the disciples gathered around a table with Jesus that was set by a Pharisee.  Here Jesus sets forth a situation that needed an answer and here Jesus sets forth two stories that needed an answer.  Jesus teaches us how important it is to be humble as we come to His table and how important it is to call others to His table.

Oh how blessed my family is as we sit around the table:

1.  Because of the blood of the Lamb we sit around the table in forgiveness, favor, and with a future.

2. Because of the love of Jesus we sit around the table knowing we are only there by his grace.  We sit around the table knowing we are to compel people to come to grace so that they can sit around the table as well.

Question, “Do you ever sit around the table and do you ever call others to the table?”  Oh how I want to encourage you to do these things simply because of the blood and love of Jesus Christ.

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