Its Party time!
“They saw God and they ate and drank.” (Exodus 24)
There is something that Christians often do in the church, and in their homes. When we meet together, we eat together.
One may think this is just a happy coincidence but it really is good theology. Maybe you have never thought of eating as a spiritual activity, but let me convince you. Eating was most important all the way through God’s revelation of Himself to us in Scripture. Abraham met with the Lord and ate a meal with Him. God instituted the feasts for the people of Israel - the feast of Tabernacles, Passover, Trumpets, Dedication, and the feast of Pentecost. When Elijah was discouraged in his work, God told him to arise and eat. When Jesus was about to die, He prepared a meal for His disciples. When Jesus rose from the dead, He had a meal waiting for the disciples by the Sea of Galilee. At the end of days in heaven, we are told we will be at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
When God chooses to reveal himself, a meal is not far behind. F.W. Boreham, a pastor in Australia wrote, “Celebration is joined to salads, and revelation to revelry, and sermons to a sandwich”. Where did we ever come up with the notion that our relationship with God is always on the austere side; that Saints were made to sour instead of to soar; that Christians were to worship in fear, rather than to laugh in sheer joy?
So our eating is to be a direct result of seeing God. It is to encourage us toward fellowship with each other and with God. God has designed food to be much more than mere sustenance, it is to be a reflection of the revelation of God in our lives. His love, His companionship, His holiness and His beauty all cause us to rejoice. In other words, its party time! He invites us in Revelation 3:20 to eat with Him. That is an amazing invitation. When we truly see God, we are prone to celebrate. That is what the people of Israel did and it is what we should do.