I recently finished Eat this Book by Eugene Peterson. What an excellent read on the purpose of Scripture. The author distinguishes between reading the Bible for “information” which he compares to eating the Book for “formative” purposes. The central argument throughout the book is that the Bible was not given to us to inform but to form.

He (Peterson) extends an invitation to all of us to come to the table and eat the Bible. This reference to the table as the place to eat the book prompted me to extend the image of eating the book into a metaphor of the relationship between the General Revelation and the Specific Revelation.

The General Revelation is the set table, the ambiance created in preparation for the meal. Without this created space there is no expectation, no anticipation and no context for the all important meal to be served in.

The all important meal is none less than the self revelation of God throughout history; starting with (S)His) walk with Adam and Eve, continued in the history of Israel and culminating in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.  Without this meal, served, the set table is devoid of meaning and purpose.

The meal becomes the consummation of the set table; the set table, the indispensable environment for the meal to be served in.