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'WHAT'S IN A FEAST?'

 
By Gene Johnson
 
4-12-2006
 
Matthew 26:17-30
 
In Egypt God commanded the first and greatest feast of Passover. With this feast we have a symbolism that is tangible to daily life. For the Hebrew children in bondage it was the guarantee of their very survival in turning aside the wrath of God upon the first born of Egypt. The blood on the doorposts was the only protection for them then even as the blood of the Lamb of God now is for all who hope in His great salvation. There are other feasts that God commanded His people to observe and they all are significant.  But Passover for the Jews and for Christians, Easter and the regular taking of communion is the one of greatest importance. For both faiths it truly does 'establish' the covenants. Without it, all the others are rendered empty and meaningless.
 
Feasting is also a way of bringing God's people together, out of the mediocrity of their own smaller life settings into a larger, broader place of focusing on God and His ways.
It is a coming together to table, to dine, to share and to celebrate the wonder of all of Gods great provision for His children. It is essential ritual that reminds us of who we are and what we have...in Him.
 
 
+++FEASTING+++
 
 
HOW PRECIOUS
 
AND LOVELY
 
THIS CUSTOM
 
OF HEAVEN
 
HOW BEAUTIFUL
 
REFINED
 
THESE COMMEMORATIONS
 
DIVINE, THIS CALL
 
TO COME AND DINE
 
THIS GATHERING TO TABLE
 
THIS SUMMONS TO FEASTING
 
TO EAT AND DRINK
 
TO SHARE IN JOY
 
IMBIBE AND CELEBRATE
 
THESE MEMORIALS IN TIME
 
 
THE PASSOVER
 
THE PENTECOST
 
THE TABERNACLE
 
THE BREAD, THE WINE
 
EVEN THE PURIM
 
THE FAST AS WELL
 
A FEAST OF DENIAL
 
EACH ONE A REMINDER
 
OF GODS GREAT PROVISION
 
OF LOVES FULL DIMENSION
 
 
THE PASSOVER, GIVEN AGAIN
 
REBORN ANEW
 
IN CHRIST'S BODY AND BLOOD
 
ALL NATIONS TO PURSUE
 
TO EAT AND DRINK
 
IN HIS REMEMBRANCE
 
NOT FORGETTING
 
BUT REVELING
 
UNTIL WITH HIM
 
IN THE KINGDOM
 
WE EAT AND DRINK IT ANEW
 
SHOW FORTH HIS DEATH NOW
 
UNTIL THEN, WHEN WE DO
 
 
LAST SUPPER
 
TO FOREVER FASTING....
 
 
GENE JOHNSON (COPYRIGHT 2006)

 

 

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