The Parable of the Golden Table Leg

Once upon a time there was an old pastor who had served the Lord faithfully all of his life. He had an anointed ministry, and his prayers were always effective. Whenever he prayed for the sick, they were healed. But in spite of his powerful ministry, he was extremely poor, and he and his wife struggled daily to get by on almost nothing.

One day, after they had seen yet another person healed, his wife said to him, “God certainly must have prepared a rich reward for all of your years of work when you get to heaven, and he always seems to listens to your prayers. Why don’t you ask the Lord to give us just a tiny bit of your heavenly reward here on earth so that we don’t have to live in such terrible poverty?”

The pastor thought this was a good idea, so right there the two of them asked the Lord to let them have a little something from what God prepared for them early, while they were still alive.

Immediately the sky opened above them, and a table leg made out of gold fell to earth right in front of them! All their financial problems were solved!


Table Leg


The next morning, the pastor looked very troubled. His wife said, “What’s wrong, honey?

The pastor said, “Last night I had a dream that we were sitting at the great banquet in heaven and every family had its own table to sit around. But ours was missing a leg so that it tilted and wobbled terribly!”

His wife sat down and considered this a long time.

Finally she said, “In that case, we must go quickly and ask the Lord to take back the gift he gave us yesterday.” So they prayed, and immediately the heavens opened, and the table leg rose back up into heaven.

And this was the greatest answer to prayer of all.


Golden Table.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thievesĀ  break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt 6:19-21


(This story is based a legend about Hanina ben Dosa, a famous first-century rabbi – b. Talmud Ta’anit 24b. For the banquet, see Isaiah 25:6-8 and Rev.19:9.)

For more, see “The Two Legged Table” in Theology in Rabbinic Stories by Chaim Pearl (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995) 178-180. This is an excellent book about the Jewish method of teaching through stories and parables.


5 Responses to “The Parable of the Golden Table Leg”

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    Nancy Johnsen|June 27, 2016

    A good pastor once told us the best investment we could make in this world is an investment in people, in their well- being, for the gold in Heaven, the “currency” if you will, of Heaven is Humanity. Let us fill our heavenly bank accounts by caring for people, treating each one we meet as the royal clay that they are with due respect and concern. No other investment has such eternal value.

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    Rena|June 27, 2016

    That is a wonderful story and brings into perspective true wealth.

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    Sonny Huss|June 28, 2016

    The task of mending the world can be psychologically taxing at times. One Rabbi likens it to using a tea-spoon to remove water from a sinking vessel. Not by might, or by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord. We must submit in radical obedience to ministering to the homeless, hungry, orphans, widows, and poor. Then, and only then, will we be empowered from on high to continue service in the Kingdom of Heaven. May the Lord powerfully advance His movement through your ministry.

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    Dear Lois

    This is to say THANK YOU very very much for the great and deep insight into the Jewish life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I got your book “Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus” and “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus”, the books has given me a new perspective in studying the Gospels and the Scriptures as a whole.

    Steve Khongsngi

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    Joseph Benedict Hakim|August 24, 2016

    Don’t worry, just follow the truth, you will be provided for, do good and be honest.

    You will have all you need.

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