Sign up to receive Pastor Jack’s inspirational emails, ministry news and special offers. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Anybody want to say, “Hallelujah?” That ought to be the spirit of our approach to the Lord’s Table-remembrance of the victory Jesus has accomplished for us. The Table is a place for examination of self (1 Cor. 2. At the Lord’s Table, we don’t believe the bread becomes meat or the cup turns into blood. The call implies that even this precaution had been neglected by the revellers. Jesus was becoming the ultimate Pesach Lamb. The answer is, Nobody. they watch. 1 Corinthians 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Come before Him and speak your heart. Consider this: In all the New Testament Gospels where Jesus is introducing this practice, it begins by saying, “And He gave thanks….” Here in Revelation 12, we are prompted to remember Jesus has conquered the power of the enemy. You may not feel differently, but sow those words you speak as seed and trust God to bring the harvest out of them. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. When you and I come to feast at the Lord’s Table, there are great truths for us to celebrate. $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. Tower built, and tongues confused at, A town in the territory of the tribe of Judah, A town of the territory of the tribe of Simeon, A town of territory of the tribe of Judah, A town of the territory of the tribe of Issachar, A town of the territory of the tribe of Judah. Verse 29 of this text has often been a source of confusion: “For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment [damnation in the KJV] to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” Let’s settle this right here and now, who is worthy to come to the Lord’s Table? We are called to … Because Jesus wants you to have periodic review with Him to see how your life with Him is coming along. Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, you princes, and anoint the shield. We are called to remember Him because He’s conquered all the powers of hell. © 2020. The Table is a proclamation of redemption (1 Cor. AT THIS TABLE THERE IS A Personal Intimacy.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  and you will be blessed. First, confess before the Lord your sin, weakness, doubt or fear. By taking the bread and the cup, I proclaim that Jesus purchased life for me. The full worth of the provision of the Lord’s Table is not only for the forgiveness of sins, but also for every matter in your life. Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural, Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince, To rub with oil, to anoint, to consecrate, to paint, A shield, a protector, the scaly hide of the crocodile. When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. We partake in the recognition that we are dependent upon this life flow to us and among us as believers. What the Lord is telling us is when we come to His Table is we are to celebrate that, through the Cross, Jesus has given us victory over the Adversary. Isaiah 22:13,14 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die…, Daniel 5:1-5 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand…. “This do in remembrance of Me.” It’s the basic text of the Lord’s Table, engraved on the front of it in churches everywhere. Jesus said there is a working of the Spirit of God that will happen in your life when you partake; a measure of Holy Spirit power will cause His life to nourish you, if you come in with receptivity and understanding. Jesus has made us worthy through His blood and Cross, not by any accomplishment of our works. The Lord calls us to the Table as His disciples. We come to the Table with a need to examine ourselves and see wherever the Lord is drawing us toward a stretch-point of discipleship. Anoint the shield . I think it can be so frequent it becomes meaningless, or so infrequent you miss the vitality it contributes to believing life.  Then Jesus said to his host, \"When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. That’s the definition of a disciple, and it relates to being shaped and accepting disciplines. Partaking in a worthy manner means to ascribe the full worth to what Jesus Christ has done to welcome us into the presence of the Father. The shields thought of were those covered with leather, which was oiled, partly to protect it from wet, partly to make the stroke of the sword glide off from it. Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord Is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year All of the readings in this Sunday’s Mass speak of human desire. All rights reserved. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.\"  When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, \"Blessed is the man who will eat a… . It was here the truth of our salvation, pre-figured in the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, would be fulfilled. The Table is a place for reception of provision (1 Cor. Jesus made clear He was talking about a spiritual reality, not a physical one. But if we don’t correct ourselves, God will. The next day at Calvary, the Lamb was slain, His blood was spilled, and His body broken that there might come deliverance out of the bondage of slavery. . (5) Prepare the table, watch in the watch-tower.--The words (historical infinitive) are better taken as indicative: They prepare .