Meditation for 11/05/2019
“On the first day of the week w came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.” (Acts20:7)
To “break bread” is almost certainly a reference to the Lord’s Supper. Because of this verse, many Christians observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. If properly carried out, such weekly observance may be very appropriate. Yet, this is the only time weekly observance is mentioned. Nowhere is weekly observance commanded or reported, and nowhere is any other frequency commanded.
The emphasis is always upon meaning and proper observance, never upon frequency. That question is left open by the indefinite phrase “whenever you drink this cup.” The hour was late and the sermon long. Eutchus sat in a window, went to sleep, and fell to the ground from the third story. Now everyone was awake and supposed Eutchus to be dead. Paul reassured the crowd, “He’s alive” It’s not clear if “Dr. Luke” considered this a miracle of restoration to lie—perhaps the young man was merely knocked unconscious. Then the miracle was preservation of life. The crowd rejoiced in his well-being. They has seen God at work.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Eutchus fell from a third story window, certainly he was knocked unconscious, but then awoke with no apparent injuries. I think God was indeed involved in this event, and Eutchus was a very fortunate young man. We are to praise God in all situations, beloved, and this is certainly a good example of praising God for the benefit of Eutchus’ being restored to his friends and family. Praise Your Holy Name, Abba. We both love and serve You at all times. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Make God your first priority; never your last resort.”
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and are together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And he Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-46)
Teaching is an indispensable function and a continuous process within the community of faith. Teaching is as close to the heartbeat of a congregation as are fellowship, ministry and prayer. Awe is coupled here wit wonders and signs. The early disciples responded to the suffering of the hungry by sharing their possessions. We are called by God to comfort and help the needy. The gospel message led the first church to ignore personal property claims in the interest of meeting the needs of others. Great needs prompt special responses by believers. Early Christians shared their assets as a voluntary response of Christian concern, and they made their property available for the common good of fellow believers. Finally, the church was winning people continually. Evangelism is not one great event or once a year, but a daily ministry for the people of God.
Ordinances, Observance of the Lord’s Supper: (1st Corinthians11:17-34)
Out of the oral teaching which Paul received form Jesus, probably through Peter, John, or James, Paul gave the fullest, and probably the earliest account we have of he Last Supper. He condemned the abuse of he Lord’s Supper by the Corinthians and, thereby, gave us more insight abut the proper observance of the Supper than any other New Testament writer. Several distinctive points should be noted: 1) When they came together as a church, but had divisions among them, their eating and drinking could not really be a true observance of the Lord’s Supper; they had to be unified in the Lord to observe the Lord’s Supper properly; 2) Some plunged ahead with their eating and drinking, not waiting for anyone else, leaving some hungry while others got drunk. This shows that they were eating an “agape” or “love feast” meal in connection with their effort to observe the Lord’s Supper. Paul condemned their gluttony and their insensitivity towards others; 3) Paul connected the eating of the bread and the drinking of the cup with proclaiming “the Lord’s death until he comes,” meaning that every proper observance of the Supper points back to the death of Christ and forward to the second coming Of Christ; 4) Finally, Paul pronounced the severe judgment that those who eat and drink the body and blood of the Lord ‘in an unworthy manner” were actually sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. The consequences were serious. Because of this outrageous abuse of the Lord’s Supper many of he Corinthians were weak and sick, and some had died. This exhortation calls us to serious and thoughtful observance of the Lord’s Supper, being sensitive to the needs of other people and especially concentrating upon the Lord’s atoning death on Calvary and His coming again in glory.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Read this on your own” (Mark14:10-26)
Jesus fulfilled the covenant of the Old Testament. His life and ministry tied the covenant people of the Old Testament to God’s new work in the church in the New Testament. Many people think that Jesus referred to Jeremiah’s message of he new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
What Jeremiah proclaimed as coming in the future, Jesus brought to fulfillment. The names of he two division of the Bible, get their names from the covenant concept. In the life of Jesus, the grandest hopes of the old covenant and the brightest possibilities of the new covenant came together.