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MAKE A TABLE
The first mention of the word table in the Bible is in Exodus 25:23: “Thou shalt also make a table of shittim (acacia) wood.”
This table was to hold the shewbread. The table also represented the sinless humanity of Jesus Christ who is the true Bread of Heaven. This wood was resistant to decay, corruption, and disease.
The table did not just appear. Someone had to take this wood, cut it, and fashion it according to the divine pattern.
As fathers, we must take responsibility to provide a table for our families. This table should not only be a place to hold food for the physical needs of our families, but to also provide a close togetherness to receive God’s Word, the Shewbread, for the spiritual needs of our families.
In our modern society, tables are becoming increasingly obsolete. However, as fathers, we must understand and be wise to the fact that our enemy, Satan, does not want the togetherness of families. He does not want families to sit around the table facing each other (Psalm 128:3). When we face each other, we become more exposed and accountable to each other.
God wants us to use our gathering at the table to be a positive place for blessing each other, sharing our lives with each other, encouraging one another, and lifting each other up.
Satan will do what he can to cause the table experience to be full of arguments, debate, and discord. However, the table should never be a place to hurt each other or display bad attitudes.
As parents, our part in making the table is to MAKE the table a godly experience. We pray and prepare the way for it to happen. We MAKE it a place of joy, happiness, sweet fellowship, and unity. We MAKE it a place of fellowship. We MAKE it a place of peaceful and yet stimulating conversation. The memories of our family meal tables should be positive memories.
This is what it means to make a table of shittim wood, representing the incorrupt nature, not the fallen, corrupt nature.
Photo: Christo and Linnie Lues sitting around their table with their children * Durbanville, South Africa.