by Rick White

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Something We Must Not Forget (12 of 12)
Rick White
1 Corinthians 11:17-34

1. Have you ever noticed how much time Jesus spent talking with people over meals? Lazarus, Mary, and Martha, Simon the Pharisee, Zacchaeus, or the Twelve on Passover Night. He knew that people relax more then, that their minds sort of open along with their mouths, and that special closeness can develop. Many of us grew up in a time in the American culture where meal time, especially what was once called "supper time", was extremely important to the family. Everyone was expected to be present and few excuses were accepted. It was a time not only for meals but it was a time of communication, bonding, and fellowship. It was a time for building strong family traditions.

2. James Dobson says; "the great value of traditions is that they give a family a sense of identity and belonging. All of us desperately need to feel that we're not just part of a busy cluster of people living together in a house, but we're a living breathing family that's conscious of our uniqueness, our character, and our heritage."

3. Most cultures have considered eating meals a significant time of intimate, interpersonal fellowship, even if not always to the degree that biblical societies did. (Blomberg, p.234)

4. Those times around (our) supper table were filled for the most part with talk about the day, laughter, and often times the reminder of something that we were supposed to do in the day ahead.

Just like families need times like this for bonding so do spiritual families. The early church did a pretty good job of this for the most part.

Galatians 3:28 NIV
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Each person or family would bring a meal sufficient to take care of their needs and then combine it in one giant common meal. Everyone was cared for, fed, and nurtured. To end the meal, they would freq ...

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