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Eating with understanding with one another, and with Jesus

Posted Aug 11, 2017

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Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 11:23-29

23 I received a tradition from the Lord, which I also handed on to you: on the night on which he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread. 24 After giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this to remember me.” 25 He did the same thing with the cup, after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Every time you drink it, do this to remember me.” 26 Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you broadcast the death of the Lord until he comes. 

27 This is why those who eat the bread or drink the cup of the Lord inappropriately will be guilty of the Lord’s body and blood. 28 Each individual should test himself or herself, and eat from the bread and drink from the cup in that way. 29 Those who eat and drink without correctly understanding the body are eating and drinking their own judgment.

Revelation 2:7, 17

7 If you can hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. I will allow those who emerge victorious to eat from the tree of life, which is in God’s paradise.

17 If you can hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. I will give those who emerge victorious some of the hidden manna to eat. I will also give to each of them a white stone with a new name written on it, which no one knows except the one who receives it.

Revelation 3:20

20 Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me.

Reflection Questions

1 Corinthians 11 was the Bible’s first account of the Lord’s Supper. Some Christians held to Greek feasting mores, which stressed social rank (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:20-22). Paul said they failed to “understand the body.” No matter their social rank they were equal in Christ’s church family. The seer of Revelation, in messages to his seven-church circuit, wove in food images like the Garden of Eden’s Tree of Life and hidden manna, Israel’s wilderness food. In the seventh message, Jesus said, “If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me.”

  • Revelation 3:20 began, “Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking.” What does it take for you to open that door in your heart? Knowing how it might change your life, can you find the courage and faith to accept Christ’s offer to stay in your home and your heart today and always? How can you make every meal you eat a communion, a celebration of Jesus’ grace?
  • Sometimes people misunderstand 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, and load the Eucharist with guilt. (Have you ever heard something like, “It was YOUR sins that put Jesus on the cross”?) The real point to understand was that the communion table was (and is) a place where we are all sinners, and all rejoice in God’s forgiveness and acceptance. In what ways can you help yourself bring a spirit of joy and gratitude to communion, rather than guilt?

Prayer

Lord God, please make my heart, and my home, YOUR home. Dwell in me, cleansing, energizing, and transforming me into the person you want me to be. Amen.

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Darren Lippe

Darren Lippe

Darren Lippe helps facilitate Journey 101 “Loving God” classes, guides a 7th-grade Sunday school class, is a member of a small group and a men’s group, and serves on the curriculum team.

With today’s passage from Revelation giving us the vision of Jesus standing at the door & knocking, I thought we might “visit” with Matt Doreman owner of The Knock Market Company.

DL: Let me be the 1st to say, “Welcome Matt.”

Matt: (Sigh) Thank you.

DL: So, can you give us some background about the origin of doorknockers?

Matt: Absolutely.  Its history goes back to early Greece.  While the Spartans had no trouble yelling when they approached a home, the Grecian urban society felt that was a bit beneath them.  So they developed a doorknocker to announce a guest’s presence. 

The earliest doorknockers had a ring that would be used to secure a servant/slave to keep them from wandering from their post so they could announce any guests.  After a while, it became just a ring that could be tapped against the door by the approaching visitor.

The doorknockers then became more intricate.  Some had a horseshoe or clover design to offer good luck to the inhabitants with each use.  Others might have a gargoyle-esque appearance, like the decorations on a building, to ward off evil spirits & witches.

Churches would typically have just a simple ring to adorn their cathedral doors, since the holy water near the door was a sufficient deterrent to evil spirits

The Lion’s Head, probably the most popular doorknocker design today, can symbolize bravery, nobility & strength.  Its most famous placement is on the British Prime Minister’s home at 10 Downing Street in London.

DL: Wow.  You take your profession very seriously.

Matt: Well, my latest original design has been nominated for our industry’s prestigious No-Bell Piece Prize.

DL: Obviously you aren’t much of a fan of cheap knock-offs.  So, how might this apply to our Christian walk?

Matt: (Sigh.) Well, a closed door can be a symbol of restricted access or a dead end.  The doorknocker, on the other hand, can negate the closed door & serve as a welcoming invitation to guests.

Perhaps our spiritual doors feel closed at times & we feel hopeless sitting in our dark room with its stale air.  Fortunately our hearts have a doorknocker that is uniquely designed for Christ.  He is gently knocking at our door and patiently waiting.  All we need to do is say, “Come in.”  Just imagine our dimly lit room being flooded with light & fresh air as Jesus walks through the now-open door - what a difference that would make!

DL: I like that.  Good Luck on your nomination.

Matt: Thanks.  “Knock on wood” I should be okay.  Whoa.  I need to knock off early.  A client self-installed a doorknocker on their storefront door & it didn’t go well.

DL: What’s wrong?

Matt: Let’s just say doorknockers weren’t meant for glass doors.

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