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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Jesus on Table Manners

Have you watched how people eat? Have you noticed how people find tables and pick spots? Jesus did, at the sabbath banquet at the leader of the Pharisee's house. He watched how other Pharisees and Scribes (lawyers) worked their way as close as they cold to the head of the table. That's where all the action was. That's where the power and influence was. On the other end of the table, at the bottom, was the kids' table (just teasing, but it might as well have been). How many of us enjoy being assigned to the kids' table?
Jesus' instructions are about as counter-intuitive as they can be: trade downward, sit farther away, hang out with the wait-staff, that's where the kingdom action is!

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