Food for Friday

And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover; there shall no stranger eat thereof. Exodus 12:43

We have heard of some famous gate-crashers, including a Virginia couple who attended a state dinner at the White House in Washington, even getting to meet the US president, even though they did not have an official invitation. Tareq and Michaele Salahi claimed a dead cell phone battery prevented them from hearing a voice mail message earlier that day advising them they did not make the guest list. The incident caused a security stir whose echoes continue to reverberate. The Salahis were a bit like any Egyptians who would have wanted to eat the Passover. They would have been at a dinner they had no right to take part of. There is a dinner being prepared now to which there is a very strict observance of the guest list, and there will be no gate crashers at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

God told Moses and Aaron the rules for the Passover, and they included a prohibition on strangers. In the same way, God has a prohibition on strangers at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The rules are strict and simple: no strangers. The rules are different from a state dinner here on earth, where only the upper crust of society is invited. But the Word of God tells us that not many rich, or mighty, or noble, are called. No, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will be attended by the poorest of earth, the outcasts from society, the offscourings and the rebels, all of whom will attend on the merits of Another.

Who do we think we are to presume attendance at the greatest banquet of Heaven? It’s not who we are, but who has invited us! We are not strangers. We have come to know the Saviour, and in Him we have our reservations confirmed. The religious muck-a-mucks don’t have an invitation; neither do the rich and famous, the powerful and the persuasive, the string-pullers who get away with things here. No, they are strangers, and have no right to attend.

What a great event is awaiting us! The Marriage Supper of the Lamb is a glorious banquet where we will be not only the special guests, but will be the bride, the centre of the Bridegroom’s attention. But He will be our focus, as we take our places at His side. We will be forever rejoicing in His presence.

We have a right to attend the Marriage Supper of the Lamb because we are no longer strangers. But there are strangers about us who we dearly long to see brought in. Until we receive the call to supper, let us seek to introduce those about us to the Saviour, that they might also obtain the right to attend. Yet there is room. -Jim MacIntosh

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