The Banquet Table
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God"
(Matthew 4:4, ESV).
Several years ago I was invited to a dinner party of a very wealthy philanthropist. After passing through the main gate I came upon a large magnificent home. It was perfectly landscaped and the home was impeccably crafted. Imported marble formed the pathways and the main door appeared to be handcrafted by a master woodworker. Knocking on the door, I was astonished to discover this was only the home of the estate's manager. The philanthropist's home, or perhaps I should say mansion, was further into the estate.
It was a remarkable evening of warm Christian fellowship, as the owner of the home was a devout follower of Christ. His home was simply stunning and servants attended to our every need. At the large banquet table every imaginable delectable lay before us. The the entire dinner party could have feasted a month without the worry of running out of food.
Does the Word of God hold the same awe and grandeur in your mind as a banquet table such as this? Do you see Scripture's inexhaustible richness? The Bible nourishes us with the delicacies of Heaven, and it is the banquet table to which all believers have been seated. Brevard Childs once said that "Augustine approached Scripture as a man who had been invited to a banquet table and in sheer delight partook of its richness."
Once upon a time I was allowed to enter a philanthropist's mansion. Yet every day I am granted entrance to a mansion, and a banquet table, far greater still.