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December 6, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – DEC 7

by Leslie John

SHOE THAT DID NOT TEAR

Leslie M. John

“And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot ”. (Deuteronomy 29:5)

The word of God says in Deuteronomy 29:5 that the children of Israel did not have any shortage either of food, or of clothing or shelter. It was indeed a great miracle that their shoe did not wear or tear on their feet when they trod the hard path in the wilderness. The path they trod was not of smooth road as we see in our days but was hard road but the one that we see in rural areas. They did not have shopping centers to do shopping nor did they steal their clothing from somebody but God provided them supernaturally their clothing that did not wear or tear or become old on their bodies. God protected them so wonderfully — what a privileged people they were – what a blessed nation it was! They were a chosen generation.

God protects us, and provides our needs. By grace through faith we are saved and made equal partners with Jews. There is no difference whether we are Jews or Gentiles; we are all one in Christ and we are the body of Christ and He is the head of the Church. How privileged we are that we are called “royal priesthood” and lively stones built up as spiritual house to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ1 Peter 2:5, 9)

The heavenly bread that the children of Israel received was called “Manna” and like coriander seed, white and tasted like wafers made of honey. God always desired from his people that they should remember his works for his people and how he protected them and provided their needs. That is the reason why God said to Moses to fill an “Omer” of Manna for their generations that they see the bread and remember how God led their fathers in the wilderness after delivering them from the bondage of slavery. (Exodus 16:31-34)

We are his people delivered from the bondage of sin when he bore our sins on the cross and washed our sins in his blood. The Lord now desires from us that we remember his death, burial and resurrection by breaking the bread and eating of it and drinking from the cup in the order that he gave to us.

Apostle Paul warns Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 that they should not be ignorant of the fact that Israelites who were redeemed by God from slavery were under the cloud, which was not an ordinary one but the very Shekinah glory of God, throughout their journey from Egypt to Canaan. In the very early period of their journey they passed through the sea. Their passing in the midst of Red represented their baptism. They all ate of the same spiritual meat and they all drank of the same spiritual drink and that spiritual Rock that followed them was Christ. Jesus Christ accompanied them and was their protector and provider in the wilderness while they journeyed on foot from Egypt to Canaan for forty years.

The two sacraments, that is, the Baptism and the communion, that we do in the present age were in the form of shadows in the Old Testament and they are fulfilled in Christ when he broke the bread and asked his disciples to eat of it and drink of the cup that signified his death for our sake. When we participate in the Lord’s Supper we do remember the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection. No one will have salvation by observing these sacraments nor are these sacraments mandatory for salvation, yet we, as Christians should proclaim to the world externally our internal change and of our salvation.

Apostle Paul did never say that Baptism is required for salvation while early in the ministry Peter spoke of Baptism following Jewish customs. Similarly we also should remember his death, bural and resurrction as often as possible, if not on every Sunday. Surely Acts 20:7 is not a commandment to break the bread on Sundays, but the Scripture says:

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19)

Well then, what is ‘as often as eat this bread, and drink this cup’ that we read in 1 Corinthians 11:26?

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. (1 Corinthians 11:26)

Dictionary gives the meaning of “Often” as ‘frequently’, ‘many times’, ‘at short intervals’:

Well again then how often can we do this in a week or month or year. The least that is possible in our society is weekly once. and Apostles broke the bread on the first day of the week. That is the reason why we break the bread every Sunday. If we can do it everyday, no one would object it nor would it be considered as an error but let us please remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as often as possible.

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