"Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight. And with the first lamb a tenth measure of fine flour mingled with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering. The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to Yahweh. It shall be a regular burnt offering throughout your generations at the entrance of the tent of meeting before Yahweh, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there." - Exodus 29:38-42
God instructs Moses, on Mount Sinai, that every day Aaron the priest and his sons are to offer one lamb in the morning and one lamb in the evening, with bread and wine. This seems to be a breakfast and dinner for God who dwells among them. God will eat two square meals a day with the Israelites. They will meet and dine together every day around the table.
I find this truly amazing. The whole reason God has brought Israel out of Egypt is to live among them, eat with them, and converse with them. God isn't dining alone. He is dining with Israel every morning and every evening around the table of fellowship. The tent is called the tent of "meeting" for a reason. It's where God meets with his people daily for conversation. This shows the true nature of our God. He isn't a distant God. He wants to be right here with us, eating and conversing with us, just as Jesus did with his disciples and many others throughout his ministry.
Father, I want to eat with you every morning and every evening in table fellowship. Come dwell in our house and in our church. Be among us. May we be a holy people because you are a holy God. Do not remember our sins. When we pray before we eat, may we invite you to eat with us. May you be at table with us and part of our conversation. Meet with us, Lord, and do not be distant. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jeff Coleman