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Saturday, August 8, 2015:
Saturday Read John 6:33-35
These folks have been asking Jesus a lot of questions but verse 34 is the first question or request that finally makes sense. The Bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven; the incarnate one; Jesus Christ! They want to know this one who comes down from heaven. They want to know the bread of God. They still don’t see him for what he is! This is why Jesus said earlier, “you are seeking me…because you ate your fill of the loaves.” You see they want Jesus to introduce them to this Bread of God and give it to them and here he stands right in front of them. Still the request, is a good one. Would we fare any different? Would we recognize this ruddy, carpenter’s son as the Son of God. It is hard to say since we have the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit cries out in the presence of Christ, “Yes, this is the Christ.” What can we say in our broken world full of disappointments and empty promises? Jesus, give us the bread of God. And he replies, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” I want this bread. I want it now.
Dearest Father, give us this bread of life, Your Son Jesus Christ for our forgiveness and eternal life. Amen
Friday, August 7, 2015:
Friday Read John 6:25-27
This happened a lot unfortunately. People looked to Jesus for food and miracles but often didn’t listen to the words he had to say. That is why here and in other places he says the people only want a “bread king.” It says in the text that the people didn’t even see the miracles. It was like they were there but not really listening and watching or maybe they weren’t there at all but wanted to get a free lunch.
We all pray often “gimmie” prayers. I find myself doing it. I will sit down to pray for a while and thirty minutes later realize that I have prayed only for things for myself. We come to God like he is some sort of slot machine that if I put the right coins in and pull the right levers or push the right buttons I will get my reward. We spend a lot of time worrying about how we will get our food or money to buy our food and Jesus is saying, “Hey that food perishes, why are you so worried about it.”
That is why I am so glad we are doing this. You can’t get your scripture only once a week. If you ate once a week that would be a starvation diet. Hearing God’s word once a week is starving too. So, don’t worry about food that perishes but rather search out God’s Word in the bible which is food that endures and gives eternal life. And don’t worry about your gluten allergy the Bread of Life is gluten free☺
Creator of the Universe, help us to work for food that endures. Please help us to listen to Your Son and His word and His promises. Keep us in Your word and give us understanding of Your scriptures. In Christ, Amen
Thursday, August 6, 2015:
Thursday Read Ephesians 4:9-12
The Ascension is one of the more difficult church celebration days to understand. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. It would seem that the easiest way for Jesus to build his church would be to keep showing himself to people after he rose from the dead. It would also seem that somebody with this kind of power would be useful to have around.
Instead, this Jesus ascends to heaven to be seated on His throne forever and ever. To rule over the whole universe because His victory over death, hell and Satan specifically gives Jesus that power and authority. It seems that that isn’t the only reason however that He ascends into heaven. He ascends into heaven so that from there he could fill all things with himself.
He has filled each one of us with His heart and His righteousness or His perfectness in our baptisms. Yes in our baptisms we were all given faith, forgiveness from our sins, salvation, hope and Joy like we never knew before. He has given us all these wonderful gifts but he has also given us other gifts in our baptisms (third article gifts). He has made some to be pastors, prophets, apostles, evangelists, teachers and other things as well. We all have different spiritual gifts and we all have different spiritual work to do.
But the love of Christ from the throne of God filters down through everything including me and you. He has made us differently and given us different gifts and different work but he has pulled us together by giving us all the same forgiveness, salvation, and hope because of Christ’s blood and sacrifice. We are all sinners saved by Christ. We are all filled with the Holy Spirit and made saints. We are different and yet we are one because of Jesus.
Dear God our Father, thank you so much for your Son Jesus. Help us to accept Your ways and His ways even when we think we know better. Help us to be unified together especially with our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for believing in you. Unify us not by race, or nationality, or gender but unify us through Jesus Christ and the salvation he offers. Amen
Wednesday, August 5, 2015:
Wednesday Read Ephesians 4:1-3
I have been watching with excitement the Vikings Training Camp. I have high hopes for them this season (which will most likely be squashed). One thing I keep hearing from reporters and coaches alike is a lot of talk about Teddy Bridgewater their new quarterback who needs to walk in and take control and lead. He has to walk and talk and act like an NFL Quarterback.
We were called into a much greater game with cosmic significance. We are fighting for people’s very spiritual lives. We are not called to take control of the huddle nor walk or talk like a veteran but rather Paul states that we were called to a specific way of life. We are called into a great cosmic duty; to share the Love of Christ with other people. Are we to go out as prideful and act as though we know everything? No. We are called not only to speak about the love of Christ or to show the love of Christ but we are called to be and to do the work of God to which we were called. We were called to be humble, gentle, patient, and loving. We were called to be in unity with one another.
What is the bond of peace? It is the bond that we all share. It is the bond that helps us to do the work to which we were called. The bond of peace is the peace that surpasses all understanding. That peace comes from the love of Christ and His precious blood poured out for you and for me.
Not sure how we can walk this walk and talk this talk? Look to Jesus and his love for you.
Heavenly Father, please help us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called. Help us to be humble, patient, and gentle. Help us to maintain our unity together as the Body of Christ. In Him we pray, Amen.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015:
Tuesday Read Psalm 145:14-20
Psalm 145 is a great psalm with many things to teach. We might focus in on verse 19, “He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; He also hears their cry and saves them.” At first glance, this verse seems to state that if I am a believer then the Lord will fulfill my desires. Yes, it may sound like that and look like that but I believe the Psalm is assuming a state of faith and belief. Verse 20 says, “The Lord preserves those who love him.”
Putting these two verses together I think is helpful and helps us understand the meaning of the psalm. Yes the Lord fulfills the desires of all believers but the catch is what kind of desires do believers have? I desire forgiveness. I desire salvation. I desire mercy. I desire grace. There might be desires for other things that aren’t in the cards such as children, parents, a spouse or the respect you receive from having a great job.
Our teachable moment might be this, the Lord gives us what we need (food and drink, house and home, etc.). The Lord gives us what we desire (forgiveness of sins, salvation and hope). But if our desires don’t come into line with what he has in store for us we might have to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves…so to speak.
Regardless, our Lord promises to hear our cries and save us even when we don’t deserve it.
Lord of Our Desire, please bring our desires in line with your will. Help us to desire truly what is good for us and God-pleasing, For you are true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Christ, Amen
Monday, August 3, 2015:
Monday Read Exodus 16:13-15
That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.
This past Sunday we read this entire Exodus reading. It was filled with instances of the people grumbling or complaining. It is kind of what Israel does best and to an extent it is what we do best. Our God can do all things well. Nothing is beyond his power. Not only that but he sends His Son to be our Savior so no love is greater than His. We like children or the Israelites like children assume that because his power is beyond all and his love is greater than all that he will give us everything for which we ask. (that sentence sounds weird but didn’t want to leave a dangling preposition)
However, then we read and instead God asks his people to gather their own food and what’s also interesting is that he doesn’t give us a cornucopia of food no it is rather quail and manna; meat and bread. What can we say about this in comparison to Egypt where even as slaves the Israelites ate all kinds of wonderful foods; onions, leeks, stewpots and more. How can we adjust from abundance and variety to just getting enough and staples?
Our teachable moment is this, variety of foods and all kinds of tastes and desires met didn’t draw the Israelites closer to God. No, even as they walk in freedom away from their slave masters all they can think about is earthly desires and wants that they left behind in Egypt. All those things were symbols and part of their chains of slavery and they can’t see that feasting on the bread of God is a far better thing than feasting on all our own desires. Leeks and onions and garlic and meat pots and bread to the full will only feed you for a while and you will desire them forever. Manna sets you free because it satisfies the desires of your heart and feeds you completely. Let us together feast on this Holy bread sent from God.
Oh Divine Giver of Manna, fill our hearts with faith so that we might desire what you have to offer; forgiveness, salvation and hope. We ask that you make us a people whom are satisfied with your bread of life and help us never to neglect the sacrament. In Christ’s name, Amen