A Ponder Slice (for the Lord’s Day, 2/21/10)

A Scripture to Ponder:

             “You shall make a table of acacia wood….You shall overlay it with pure gold and make a molding of gold around it….And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me regularly….And Moses put the table inn the tent of meeting….and arranged the bread on it before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses.” (Exodus 25:23-24,30; 40:21,23) 

            “Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”  (John 6:32-35)

Some Questions to Ponder

            + How might it change the way you come to worship this Lord’s Day to think that the Lord has already set the table, and plans to share an intimate meal with you?

           +  How have you been aware this week that Jesus alone is ultimately satisfying for your soul?  Where have you tried to eat other “breads” and need to confess?

A Prayer to Pray

                 Jesus Christ, you are the Bread of the Presence.  Not a bread of mere yeast and salt and flour and oil, sitting static on a gleaming golden table.  But a Bread of divine righteousness and holiness and mercy and love, dying as sacrifice on a bloody wooden cross.  You are the bread for my soul, the only sustenance to prevent my wasting death, still my gnawing hungers and nourish me with abundant life, which is more wonderful than I have dared dream.  You, my Bread of life, will keep me alive for all these ordinary earth-broken days, no matter what they bring.   And there is unblinking  hope in the promise of a forever feast around Your heavenly table.  Your sustaining is so sweet and so I thank you, Jesus, Bread of Life and in your name say yes and very Amen.


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