Always keep fresh Bread of the Presence on the table before me. Exodus 25:30 (MSG)
I love fresh bread. When we were younger, my husband would make loaves of fresh bread almost every weekend. The smell of the bread baking in the oven was intolerable for me. I could hardly wait to enjoy a slice with just a pat of butter and some tea. We would often enjoy a slice while sitting in front of our fireplace during a cold winter evening. Somehow the fresh warm bread and the long chats into the night helped us to bond and grow together as a couple.
If you have ever read a book from the series The Lord of The Rings you know the quaint habits of the dear little hobbits. They ate quite frequently throughout the day, but mostly enjoyed a fresh loaf of bread, some cheese and a cup of tea. In the same respect, the Bible mentions meals that make your mouth water. For example, Abigail prepared a grand meal for David and his men as follows: “She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep dressed out and ready for cooking, a bushel of roasted grain, a hundred raisin cakes and two hundred fig cakes.” This was a feast!
When you dine with companions, it is a time to enjoy each other’s company. The feast is well prepared and the table set in preparation of good fellowship. Usually, people will tell stories, have some great laughs and may even share some sorrows.
Have you ever had stale, crusty, old bread? It leaves your mouth dry and stomach empty. It is hard to swallow, in fact you may choke on the crumbs. Better to toss it out than to continue to digest it. Yet, some people eat crusty old bread when they dine with their companions. It is served at every feast.
Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home . . . The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted, wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers.. . Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I’ve prepared a wonderful spread – fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.” Proverbs 9: 1-6 (MSG)
Doesn’t this sound like a table set for a king? It is a table set by The King in this excerpt. It is Wisdom’s home and it is He that is actually inviting us to come and dine with him. He invites us; come eat fresh bread and learn of me. You will not go away hungry, but full and satisfied. Your mind will be renewed.
I believe that God’s plan for you is to enjoy fresh bread in his presence. He made food (bread) to sustain you through life’s daily walk. With each meal your body and spirit is revived, strengthened and able to accomplish your task. If you spend your time at the King’s table, chatting about frivolous concerns and meaningless stories, your bread (heart) will harden right before you. Do now allow Darkness a place at the table nor share any of the fresh bread that strengthens the soul.
The next time you enjoy a meal with friends or family, take a slice of fresh bread with a little butter or honey and enjoy the presence of The King. He’s has set the table and expects you to walk away a much stronger person!