July 19, 2019
The LORD said, “This is how you are to eat it (the Passover Lamb): with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in flight. It is the Passover of the LORD. For on this same night I will go through Egypt, striking down every first born of the land, both man and beast, and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt – I, the LORD! Ex_11:10-12:14
Jesus said to the testing Pharisees, “If you knew what this meant, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.” Mt_12:1-8
Did you ever notice how mostly everything that’s significant in the Bible has some relationship with food?
Adam and Eve lost their Eden through a choice and an apple. Noah brought all those extra animals on board so that he and his family would have something to eat. Abraham had a feast with Melchizadek. Jacob and Esau fought over some stew and meat. Joseph fed the whole world in a global drought, which brought salvation to his family.
And then there was Moses. After plagues of: blood and frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts and darkness, God could do little more to prove to Pharaoh that if he didn’t obey Moses, they would all starve to death. And when even that didn’t work, God finally brought death itself to the stubborn Egyptians.
And salvation again would come to the Jews through FOOD on that First Passover night. You see, just like God, and yet secondary to God, food is the only other thing that we just can’t live without.
And God has given us such an abundance of the stuff, that there is absolutely no reason why every living person on the planet should not have more than enough to live on, save for our greed.
God’s salvation of the Jews on that Passover night, would be celebrated by them, “perpetually,” with a blessing and a meal.
Then, 1200-years later we would see Jesus arguing with the Jewish leaders – again, over food: when to eat, where to eat, who was in their company when they were eating, did they have clean hands or not. The dispute seemed endless.
And there were also examples with the people: could the starving gentiles eat the crumbs from the master’s table? Would there be food enough to feed the multitudes? Who is the ‘Spring of Living Water’ and the ‘Bread of Life?’
All to the climax of that very last meal that Jesus would share with His Apostles. And, just like the Passover, it would not BE – just another meal. It would be a Sign, a Sacrifice and a perpetual Memorial – of a new Covenant promise – of Eternal Life with God – for all who believe in Jesus and follow His Way.
And yet, we still have to physically make it through this life. And that we DO, with the physical and spiritual nourishment of Jesus… All with the purpose of sharing God’s mercy with others, and not making a show of our own sacrifice. For we all make sacrifices. And we all suffer in one way or another. But it’s only in sharing God’s Love and Mercy, that we will truly Live!
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