Friday, September 22, 2006

Communion Meditation-Today if you will hear His voice

We must hear the voice of the Lord.

Heb 3:7-9 7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

The Lord was displeased with the children of Israel because they hardened their hearts. What did that look like? It looked like fear in the presence of enemies. The spies had returned with a good report of the land. It really was a land flowing with milk and honey. There were grape clusters that had to be carried on poles. This truly was the land of promise and God had promised.

All was good but ten of the twelve spies were faithless. They saw the grapes but they also saw the giants. And in looking at the giants, they forgot about the wonderful deliverance from Egypt and God’s victorious demolition of Pharoah and his kingdom. Canaan was nothing compared to Egypt. It was not a major centralized nation but many nations and kings. God had already done great miracles before Israel and they should have remembered His promise to purge the land from enemies and establish Israel in the promised land.

We are here, gathered as God’s people, in the land of promise, God’s Church, among the enemies of God, those who have not yet submitted to Christ. God calls upon us to take and eat, to take and drink. This eating and drinking is the reminder that God had done all that He said He would do. It is the fact that God is still feeding us through His Son, the one who kills all giants and purges the promised land of wickedness. It is the promise yet to be fulfilled that the giant killer, David’s Son, will remain on His throne in warlike aspect until all of His enemies are subdued beneath His feet.

Hear the voice of God in this. These are sure words of promise. Do not harden your hearts in abject fear of the enemy, for God has cast them down. So, hear and come and eat and drink.

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