Posted by Brassard Adrianna on Tuesday, 15 October, 2019 15:13:32
Much of Jesus' ministry, before and after the resurrection, took place at the table. The early Christian church continued Jesus' table practices, breaking bread together and welcoming many new guests into the fellowship of Jesus. We continue in the table tradition, recognizing our need for nourishment and giving thanks for God's good gifts.
Table Fellowship in the Gospel of Luke Criticism of Jesus 5:29-32 Levi the tax collector serves Jesus a banquet and the Pharisees and their scribes ask, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners."
Historically in Christian worship the service of the Lord's Table follows the service of the Word, the reading and teaching of the Scriptures. Worship at the Lord's Table embraces a variety of meanings. The act is known by several terms in the New Testament: breaking bread, communion, the Lord's Supper, or thanksgiving (Eucharist).
The lesson is that one cannot please God if he "partakes" (fellowships) in the worship of the true God, specifically in the Lord's table, while also partaking in these banquets in the idol's temple. One must make a choice. Fellowship one or the other, but not both. The same is true today.
Table Fellowship in Judaism was a complex and important issue for the observant Jew, especially those of the Pharisaical party. Jacob Neusner has studied the rabbinical traditions that appear to come from the Pharisees. He notes that of the 341 rulings that go back to the Pharisees, 229 are related to table fellowship. For this reason, he says that the Pharisees might be considered an "eating club!"
This meal is commonly referred to as the Lord's Supper, communion, the Eucharist, breaking of the bread, or coming to the Lord's Table. It is a symbolic ritual within the local church to remind believers of Jesus Christ's death and bodily sacrifice for His people.