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Hello and welcome...
Please feel free to post what you wish...
On my personal livejournal last night, the idea of Jesus sharing meals was brought up...
One writer suggested this meant he was in the same place with sinners not necessarily dining with them..."It is the same concept as eating at a public restaurant" was the quote...
Here is an interesting article i found this morning...read and give your feedback...

A Place at Dinner with Jesus
by Randy Becton
In the mid 1820's, wealthy plantation owners in Atlanta, Georgia were best known for the lavish dinner parties they gave, honoring each other, famous authors, politicians, businessmen, and anyone who would further their reputation of "greatness."
One thing was certain about these gatherings: no one would expect a slave to be seated with them in a place of honor. Slaves and white people didn't eat dinner together in the same room, much less at the same table back then. Some call it "culture" while others know it as "racism."

The scandal that Jesus caused in first century Palestinian Judaism was precisely this: Jesus welcomed table fellowship with beggars, prostitutes, tax collectors and others thought of as social outcasts or religiously inferior.

Jesus loved sinners. He knew who the hated were. He welcomed people to share a meal with him not just when they had a bad reputation, but even when that reputation was well-deserved. We are told that the religious leaders were outraged, in part, because they believed these dinners gave God a bad name.

Those who know the significance of "sharing a meal" in the Eastern culture of Jesus' day tell us that the invitation to "come to my table" meant that friendship was being offered. So if you invited Zacchaeus to a meal in the presence of a number of people, you would be sharing his shame and guilt, and even an approval of his sinful life. (Luke 19:1-10) That's exactly Jesus' mistake — unless we understand that Jesus was bringing Zacchaeus God's offer of a fresh beginning, new dignity, a friendship with God.

When I read about the way Jesus treated people, I see Jesus, whom Scripture claims is God come in the flesh, constantly representing the most dramatic expression of God's redeeming love and mercy. Scripture gives us the picture of Jesus regularly sharing meals with people. But the picture leads us to think that the Jewish religious leaders weren't at the table with Jesus. Jesus' message was one of peace and reconciliation with God, for whoever knew they were not worthy of God's attention. But the last to appear willing to humble themselves were the religious leaders (according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

Jesus once spoke to an expert in the Jewish law and told him that the most important commandment in the Law is "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind." The second most important commandment is "Love others as much as you love yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39) In his essay on "Healing Through Meal-Sharing", Brennan Manning says that Jesus is telling us "the only norm for a good and faithful disciple is that he be a professional lover of God and people."*

The conclusion that I must put into practice — if I claim to belong to Jesus — is to treat every person as a guest at my table for a meal of love, fellowship, and mercy. I live in a relationship with the living God, who is King over all the universe, and I'm the child of a King. I have a seat at His table. I must invite others to the table of the King because of the King's invitation to them to come and join us for the feast.

I began by referring to the plantations around Atlanta. It would have been viewed "scandalous" to invite slaves to a meal with their owner. But God is the owner of all that exists! His amazing offer to humanity is that, though our sins have separated us from him, he has reconciled us to himself through the cross of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

We are all invited to God's banquet table to eat with the friend of sinners, Jesus Christ!

*References: Manning, Brennan. A Glimpse of Jesus, (Harper, 2003) p.60.
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From: esaias122
2005-06-20 10:52 pm (UTC)

Re: perverted quote

Considering that you perverted what I said, and then removed the entire thread that contained my quote... all that remains is the fact that yes, you did pervert it.

If that's how you are, I'd prefer not to see your comments on anything. You've shown your heart, your mind, and your deceit.

If this is deleted, fine. If you reply, fine. You joined the group _ifb and then left it, and removed everything I said in your journal after lying (yes, lying. If it isn't entirely true, it's a lie) about a comment I made. Now you've come back to the group to make a few comments right after some of your pals are banned. I don't like how you work.
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From: leave_the_cave
2005-06-21 01:11 pm (UTC)

Re: perverted quote

You’re right,
i should have, #1: asked you before quoting you, i honestly thought that part of what you said captured the gist of what you were saying.
i deleted that whole thing because i wanted to move the discussions away from my personal journal on to this one which is an open forum.
my intention is to use that one for a personal study journal/random happenings...this one i'd like to keep for discussion/debate...i'm sorry... i'll eat crow on this one and admit it was wrong for me to quote you w/o you knowing and apparently and unintentionally taking what you said out of context...your views obviously don’t always line up with mine, which is refreshing, and your passion for what you believe is admirable.
i wasn’t trying to lie or deceive anyone, this is what i thought was being said...NOTHING on this post will be deleted, so say and write what you want...i'm not big on censorship, i just didn’t want to debate on my personal journal...that’s why i created this community...here it's free game...
Carry on Joshua!
tim
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