But most of the meals are celebrations. The lunch at Zacchaeus’ house I imagine was a joyous occasion. And I bet the two disciples who ate with Jesus in disguise after their walk on the Emmaus Road were pretty excited. The scripture says “their hearts burned within them” and not in a heart-burny kind of way, but a joyful, excited way! The marriage supper of the lamb mentioned in Revelation 19:9 will certainly be one huge party and feast.
So, how do you feel about food? And more importantly, who you eat with? In 1st century Palestine, Jews knew who they were supposed to eat with and who they were not due to social custom, prejudice, and religious laws. Even Paul lets Peter have it when Peter, who had been very comfortable eating with “sinners” like his Lord Jesus, stops when some overly pious Jewish Christians get all up in his grill about it (Gal. 2:11-14). I think the moral of the story is “eat with whoever you want, especially those others don’t want to eat with” and you will have a good time.
This week, think about who you eat with. And look for food rules and messages that you may not have noticed before. Ask yourself, is this a good rule? Why does it exist? Is it one I should follow? How might relationships be deepened if I ignored it?
Be blessed in your eating this week.