Who does not like a buffet? The gourmands among us might choose the Ritz Carlton Buffet as pictured here
The more humble among us might be at a buffet at pizza hut. There is something about the concept of all you can eat that appeals to us.
I dreamed that I was at a buffet of the high-end calibre. I went up to the table three times, each time, I was met by a woman with a sour look on her face. Along with her facial expression she had critical words for every single food she had tried. Each time, I wagged a finger at her, telling her that she would be told to leave if she could absolutely find nothing that could please her. After all, why was she staying if only to grumble? At each course, nothing was acceptable to her.
As I woke up I heard the phrase the table of the Lord and the table of demons. This comparison is found in 1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” This is a very interesting chapter and I hope you can take the time to read it even before you read the rest of this post:)
There are three subjects addressed: temptations, complaining, communion, and whether it is ok for the Corinthians to eat food that had been offered to idols. Wow, why are these grouped together? I suggest that they are all connected to the same message. We are one in Christ and what one does affects the entire body.
I suggest to you that Paul was lumping together complaining and idolatry because they are sins of the same ilk, and just equally important. We might think today that complaint is a minor sin. What if the buffet in my dream is a symbol of the Lords’ table and the woman was actually finding fault in what God had given her in life?
We are reminded in these verses that the truths of the New Testament are found in the Old. There was baptism (into the cloud and sea) communion, (manna and water from the rock) healing, (raising of the snake on the pole) and…complaining and idolatry.
In the dream I told the woman who complained that she had to go, that she could not partake in the buffet if all she had to say was complain.
Identify wherever this lives in your heart and cut it off.
What does the table of the Lord have to do with the table of demons?
What does fellowship with God and the sense of His Presence with us have to with partaking in complaining? Can we remind ourselves of just where that behaviour led the Israelites? He has mercy and forgives us but we are also given opportunity to grow in grace which means leaving behind old attitudes. Just like in my dream, we must tell complaining it has to go. We have to call it for what it is and exert energy to get rid of it the same way we would if we were to discover any other door open to the occult.
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