Inspired by the King
1. We know that we are all sons and daughters of the King and he wants good for us.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
We see this all over Luke 15 with the Parable of the Prodigal Son, The Parable of the Lost Coin, and The Parable of the Lost Sheep.
2. God uses food as a tasty teaching technique.
Did you know that God commanded people to celebrate these SEVEN feasts? It’s almost as if he is adamant that people just take a break from their year to celebrate that God has it covered and always will have it covered!
That’s seven feasts a year that God created for his people to meet and celebrate with him, to learn about him and experience him.
In the NT we see that Jesus often uses food as a means to teach. One example is the initiation of the Lord’s Supper in Matthew 26:26-28
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.This is my blood of thecovenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
3. Feeding people shows love. It is an action louder than words.
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
4. Feasting is a prophetic picture of the future
Again and again in the Old Testament we get glimpses into what God has prepared for his people in the future. And I’ll let you know now it doesn’t have anything to do with us floating on clouds and playing harps.
The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.
When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb ‘” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”
So going back to the beginning of our castle feast story, our team was convinced that one of the best ways to welcome and communicate the gospel to our new students was spoiling them with an amazing feast. It’s likely that the newly arrived students in our story didn’t understand all of the intricacies and thoughts that were invested in preparing that meal. But they surely felt loved. Whether they realized it or not, our “King’s Feast” was a preparation, or a prophetic rehearsal of what is to come.
Have you ever had a great feast? What was it like?
What are ways you can include more celebration and feasting into your year?
Stuck on ideas? Try the Shabbat!
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