I am fascinated with the eating of meals in the bible. Did you know that Moses and his elder friends ate a meal with God before Moses ascended into the mountains for 40 days. During these 40 days on the mountain top, Moses received instructions from the Lord regarding offerings, the Tabernacle, the Ark, the furnishings for the Ark, how to worship in the Tabernacle, and instructions for the Sabbath. You can find these details in Exodus 25 – 31. But let’s take a deeper look at that last meal Moses and his buddies had before his 40 day challenge.
God invited Moses and the leaders of Israel to a special meal to ratify their covenant, the agreement between God and his people to obey the God’s laws . Exodus 24:9-11 Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank in his presence!
Could this meeting of minds and breaking of bread parallel an event of the future. Perhaps. Prior to Jesus’s death you may remember Jesus sitting down with 12 of his best buddies and eating a covenant meal. And what did Christ say to those twelve that night? 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 the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. The disciples ate and drank, affirming this New Covenant with Jesus.
It was a new agreement between God and his people. A new covenant. A covenant that offers complete salvation to any who will trust in Jesus. What did Jesus do to ratify this covenant? He invited his twelve disciples to a meal. Just like old times, huh?
I was reminded while writing, of the song “In His Presence. O God”, another favorite praise song. And then I found the song performed by Travis Cottrell, an amazing worship leader, often found touring with Beth Moore. He is a complete treasure! Enjoy!
In Your presence, that’s where I am strong
In Your presence, O Lord, my God
In Your presence, that’s where I belong