A dinner invitation from God? This actually happened at Mt. Sinai!
Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence! (Exodus 24:9-11 NLT)
What an amazing God we have who is always inviting us into His presence! He actually wants to be with us! (See also Revelation 3:20 and 22:17 and lots of other verses throughout the Bible .)
Then what long-term effect do you suppose this experience had on those Israelite leaders? Well, sorry to say, just 40 days later (chapter 32), the people were caught worshipping a golden calf they’d demanded that Aaron make, presumably with the consent of these very 70 leaders who had just seen the true God in all his glory! They even had the gall to greet this image as “the gods who brought [us] out of the land of Egypt!”
How can people, like those leaders, turn so quickly from God’s truth, power, and beauty — to go along with something dead, deceptive and demonic? Is it because our knowledge does not come with allegiance? Have we not totally given Him our hearts and lives? Are we willing to conform to the demands of the rebellious crowds? God, help us to be faithful to You and to Your truth, no matter what!