God is the Lord of the Strong Drink, and this Table is a Table of a potent and
dangerous meal. In Isaiah 19:14, the
prophet says that God has mixed a dizzying drink for Egypt that has caused
Egypt to stumble and then stagger in its own vomit.
is not a pleasant picture but it is relevant to this Table. According to Paul, this table can be a place
of dizzying judgment as well. In
Corinth, some were sick and some even died because they came to this table full
of envy and divisions. If you are bitter
towards your husband, if you are estranged from your brother or sister because
they have sinned and refused to seek reconciliation or because you have sinned
and refused to seek reconciliation – beware – this meal will make you sick.
Paul warned, are sick and die because they come to communion when they are out
of communion. But this Table provides
the solution as well. Here, the Lord
provides a Spiritual drink that is a spiritual emetic. This becomes a Table of joy because, through
the fiery Spirit of Pentecost, the Father purges our inner parts. This wine is a mix of the wine of the Spirit
and the blood of the Son and it is given to purge us of our remaining filth
within to make us so that we might be saved.