It is challenging for contemporary westerners, (many of whom seldom eat at any table any more) to appreciate the inherent structure and barriers of biblical meal practices.
A challenge that transcends time and culture more readily, but quite uncomfortably is Jesus’ practice of eating with friend, foe, and outcast alike. .
From Contagious Holiness:
Christians, particularly in Western cultures, have a difficult time appreciating the pervasive influence of ancient Israel’s dietary laws,…
More challenging is how to implement Jesus comparatively unique vision in extending the intimacy of table fellowship not merely to the stranger, but also to the outcast and even the enemy.
Craig L. Blomberg, Contagious Holiness, IVP, 2005, pgs. 169, 171.