|This post was written before the previous one about the sacrificial lamb but was not published for some unknown reason.|
I went to church yesterday morning and to tell the truth, it was very enlightening.
The sermon was taken from the book of Joshua chapter one verses two to nine:
(2) “My servant Moses is dead; now it is for you to cross the Jordan, you and this whole people of Israel, to the land which I am giving them. (3)Everyplace where you set your foot is yours: I have given it to you, as I promised Moses. (4)From the desert and the Lebanon to the great river Euphrates, and across the Hittite country westwards to the great sea, all this shall be your land. (5)No one will ever be able to stand against you: as I was with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. (6)Be strong, be resolute: it is you who are to put this people in possession of the land which I swore to give to their fathers. (7)Only be strong and resolute: observe diligently all the law which my servant Moses has given you. You must not turn from it to right or left, if you would prosper wherever you go. (8)This book of the law must ever be on your lips: you must keep it in mind day and night so that you may diligently observe all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful in all that you do. (9)This is my command: be strong, be resolute; do not be fearful or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”(New English Version)
The sermon was about being courageous and crossing the Jordan in our lives just as Joshua had done at God’s command and achieved success. I know that I’ve lacked faith and courage on many occasions in the past. One point that was made was that if you, as a believer of what Jesus tells you, don’t follow through then God will find someone else to do what He wants and you will be left behind with regrets. I know that is true in my life.
Don’t you wish you could be as faithful and diligent in following God as Joshua was? Never deviating from His commands and faithfully following through all the days of your life. But the truth is: in today’s world of mortgages and debt, social media influencing our children and all the other pressures we have to deal with every day get in the way. I know that when I pray for things to happen in my life pressures seem to increase amazingly and the answer to my prayer goes unnoticed by me and just passes by. It irritates me no end when that happens to me.
Today I’m writing this post in courage.
As those of you have followed my blog posts in the past will know, I think very deeply on any topic written about in the bible and preached by the churches. This happened again during the communion service. The minister read from the gospel of Mathew chapter 26 verses 26 to 28.
During supper Jesus took bread, and having said the blessing he broke it and gave to the disciples with the words “Take this and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and having offered thanks to God he gave it to them with the words: “Drink from it, all of you. For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
In Genesis chapter nine, when God gave all the living creatures into the hands of Noah and his sons for food, He instructs then not to eat any of them with the life, which is the blood, still in them. Chapter 9 Verse 4.
Now all of that I found very interesting indeed. God refers to the life as the blood. In Arabic the word for bread, written in Aramaic, is interpreted as life.
So here we have Jesus who refers to bread as his mortal body which has been, or is about to be, broken. He refers to the wine as a covenant of forgiveness between God, the father, and the many. Jesus, also called The Son Of God, being the sacrifice required to expunge the sins of those God has chosen, he being the perfect sinless sacrificial lamb. The bread they would have eaten would have been unleavened bread. In other words true. Leavened bread has yeast in it to puff it up and in so doing making it look bigger than its actual nutritional value warrants. It also looks a lot more attractive and enticing. Jesus even warns his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, I mean their hypocrisy. (Luke 12 verse 1) But the truth is that leavened bread is no more filling nor nutritional than unleavened bread. And Jesus calls himself the “Bread of Life.” (John 6 verse35.)