If you read my last post, you get the idea. But I was thinking: if I could invited Bible characters, who would I invite?
Of course, Jesus would head the list. He's the only no-brainer that I can think of. No, I'm not saying that He has no brain. I'm saying that inviting Him would be the only completely easy decision. But other than the Lord, I think it would be harder than it looks at first glance. Here are some possible choices:
- Moses? He'd probably insist that Aaron come along to talk for him, and when I'm off in the kitchen getting something, Aaron would probably start collecting jewelry for a golden calf. Plus, if Moses didn't have enough to drink, he'd start swinging his staff around and hitting rocks with it. And I don't think I can cover his menu wishes of manna and quail.
- Noah? Nah, he'd spend his time lining the pets (or other guests) up two-by-two, and, of course, he'd end up passed out drunk and naked.
- Samson? Young Samson would want to bring some women of, well, undesirable reputation, if you know what I mean.
- King David? He'd end up going up on the roof to spy on the neighbor as she sunbathes.
- Nathan? Might bring up things I don't want everyone to know about!!
- King Solomon? I don't have enough seats for all his wives and porcupines. hehheeh
- Elijah? As long as ravens bring the dinner, he'd be happy. But Elisha would follow him and he'd ask for a double portion, so that means we'd have to fix extra food.
- Jeremiah? He'd bring the whole dinner attitude down with his depression.
- Hosea? He'd want to bring his wife... yikes!
- Jonah? Have you ever smelled the inside of a fish? And besides, he'd probably sit outside sulking about the heat.
How about some New Testament people?
- John the Baptist? As long as we serve locusts and honey, he might be happy. But, then again, I don't know if Baptists are allowed to eat with Methodists. heheheh
- Peter? Kind of rigid; if I disagreed with him, he might end up cutting my ear off. Or he might claim he never knew me. Or he might say he can't eat with me because I'm a Gentile. Or he'd show up soaking wet from his walking on water adventure.
- Thomas? He would doubt that I ever invited him, and he might not show up when everyone else did.
- James and John? They'd be fighting over the seats of honor.
- Paul? The guy's a bit radical, especially if you ever read Walter Wangerin's book Paul.
- I'd be tempted to invite Martha, because I know that she would get all the work done, but she'd want to bring Lazarus, and he still smells a little from that death incident.
So I decided on the following:
- Mary (the mother of Jesus): No, I'm not turning into a Mary-worshipper. With her humility, she wouldn't be like all the parents who brag about how wonderful their children are, even though she would actually have the right to.
- Aquilla and Priscilla: They seem like a great missionary couple. I think it would be awesome to invite them over.
- Ehud: OK, he might get a little crazy, but he's always been my Bible hero. Just make sure to put him at the end of the table so he doesn't hit elbows with anyone.
- Levi/Matthew: The guy used to be a tax collector, but he sure knows how to have a good time!
- Zaccheus: he just seems like a good guy.
- The guys who took their paralyzed friend up on the roof: they have to be great friends to do that.
- The persistant widow: I didn't want to invite her, but she kept asking, so I decided I might as well invite her.
- Timothy: I've just always liked him.