Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 3, Luke 22:14-23 The subtleties in communion

There is a lot of ritual and imagery in the Passover feast, if you ever have an opportunity to attend a Jewish celebration it's well worth it. Especially if it's with a Messianic Jewish family. Things that most Christians don't know about the passover are what the bread stands for and the cups of wine.  Here is a short explanation, the meal begins with three pieces of unleavened bread on a plate. They are looked at in several different ways but of significance is the middle piece.  It is broken in half, one half is eaten and the other is hidden until the end of the meal, traditionally wrapped in white linnen. This loaf is to represent the Paschal lamb. Sound familiar?  A lamb broken and wrappen in white linnen? But the significance goes back to the begining of God's covenant, this represented the lamb that God provided for Abraham, it also represents the lamb Moses sacrificed before leaving Egypt. Jesus used this piece of bread to establish the new covenant. When believers receive communion we receie the covenant through Jesus all the way back to Abraham. Likewise there are four cups of wine at a Passover, the first is the cup of sanctification, Israel was set apart from the rest of the world, sanctified to God. The second cup's interpretation varies, some call it the cup of plagues and some call it the cup of deliverance, I like the latter better. Each of these cups are based on statements that God made to Israel, the four 'I will' promises found in Exodus 6:6-7  Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. So the first cup represents God's covenant with Abraham to set aside the Jewish people as His. The second cup is deliverence from bondage, in this case it's slavery in Egypt but it's also bondage to sins. The next cup is the cup of redemption, it is with this cup that Jesus institutes the practice of communion. The last cup, the cup of restoration was not drunk and Jesus said that He will not drink it until the kingdom comes. So in a nutshell, when we receive communion, the bread represents The Lamb, from Jesus all the way back to what God provided Abraham. And the wine, the blood shed and the cup of redemption for truly He has redeemed us.   I did a video blog on this about three year ago, if interested it's on my Youtube channel, n_spect_r.

Today's workout, cardio intervals
Step, jump rope, grapevines, windmill, squat, climbers

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