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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5573 table
5573 table

5573 table

An item of furniture used principally for putting food on. Sharing at the same table was a mark of fellowship and to eat at the table of rulers was deemed a great privilege. In the tabernacle and temple a special table held the bread of the Presence. Tables were also used for business transactions.

Tables used for eating

A table as household furniture 2Ki 4:10

Reclining at table Lk 7:36 See also Mt 26:7 pp Mk 14:3; Lk 11:37; Jn 12:2

Tables set for meals Ps 23:5; Isa 21:5 See also Job 36:16; Ps 69:22; Ps 78:19 The people of Israel doubted God’s ability to provide; Pr 9:2; Eze 23:41

Giving thanks for food at the table Lk 24:30 See also Mt 26:26-27 pp Mk 14:22-23 pp Lk 22:17-19; 1Co 11:23-24

Dogs eat scraps from the table Mt 15:27 pp Mk 7:28 See also Jdg 1:7; Lk 16:21

Eating at the table of rulers

Rulers were required to entertain Ne 5:17-18 See also 1Ki 4:27; 1Ki 10:4-5 pp 2Ch 9:3-4

A bestowal of authority Lk 22:29-30 See also Mt 22:2-3; Lk 14:15

A mark of honour and favour Ge 43:34; 2Sa 9:11; 1Ki 2:7; 1Ki 18:19; 2Ki 25:28-29 pp Jer 52:32-33; Lk 14:7 Jesus Christ criticises those who seek the most prestigious places at the table.

Sharing at the same table was a mark of fellowship

A sign of participation 1Co 10:16-20

Unacceptable table fellowship Da 1:5-8; 1Co 10:21 See also 1Sa 20:34 Jonathan refuses to eat with Saul; 1Ki 18:19; Isa 65:11; Jer 7:18

Betrayal of table fellowship Ps 41:9 See also 1Sa 20:29-31 Saul wishes to kill David while inviting him to share his table; Da 11:27; Mt 26:20-21 pp Mk 14:18 pp Lk 22:21

Serving at table

Lk 22:27 See also Lk 12:37; Ac 6:2 The first Christians recognised the importance of practical service by appointing deacons to “wait on tables”.

Tables used in business

Jn 2:14-15 See also Mt 21:12 pp Mk 11:15

Tables used in worship

The table in the tabernacle Ex 25:23-30 The table was for the bread of the Presence: an offering of twelve loaves, one from each of the twelve tribes. See also Ex 37:10-16; Ex 26:35; Ex 30:27 The table was anointed for use; Ex 35:13 pp Ex 39:36; Ex 40:4 The Kohathites were responsible for the table: Nu 3:31; Nu 4:7
Heb 9:2

The tables in Solomon’s temple 2Ch 4:8 See also 1Ki 7:48 pp 2Ch 4:19; 1Ch 28:16; 2Ch 13:11; 2Ch 29:18

The tables in Ezekiel’s temple Eze 40:39-43; Eze 41:22; Eze 44:16

Tables in worship after the exile 1Ch 9:31-32; Ne 10:33 Probably references to the altar, defiled by the people’s substandard offerings: Mal 1:7,12

See also

4410banquets
4418bread
4476meals
6212participation
7302altar
7459tabernacle, in OT
7467temple, Solomon’s
7921fellowship
7933Lord’s Supper
8342servanthood
8445hospitality

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