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Communion Meditations (2019)


Equal Share

Originally scheduled for November 24

1 Samuel 30

David has a problem. He’s in the middle of the desert, chasing some Amalekite raiders who have stolen from him and his men. He’s almost to the point of attacking them when he discovers that 200 of his 600 men are too tired to continue the pursuit. He goes on with the other 400, recovers all the plunder, wives and children and returns in triumph. Some of the troublemakers among the 400 tell David that he should not share the plunder with the 200 who were left behind. David’s decision is to the contrary; all 600 will share. It’s not just an immediate decision, but the text tells us that it is a “statute and ordinance” in Israel.

Why did David refuse this seemingly reasonable demand? The answer is found in verse 23, where David tells the men that they “must not do that with what the Lord has given us.” David knows that he achieved this victory because of the Lord (he was quite well outnumbered.) What comes from the Lord cannot be distributed with partiality.

That principle applies in Communion as well. We all take from the same cup, with the same bread — there are no first-class seats for communion. Why? It is because this is something the Lord has given us. We are therefore to share and share alike with his gifts.

This carries with it some interesting implications for communion.

·         It implies that we are one body. If he gave it to us collectively — and he did — then we are to use it as one body. There is no favoritism. We are united.

·         Extending that somewhat further, God offers this gift of salvation and its representation (communion) to “whosoever will.” It is our task to extend the boundaries of the church to encompass all who will accept his salvation.

·         It reminds us that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female but all are one in Christ Jesus.

As you partake of communion today, keep this principle in mind. You might ask yourself these questions:

·         Is there anything in your life which tends to fracture the body of Christ? If so, repent and seek forgiveness — and seek the unity of the church in your actions.

·         Is there any burden you bear with which you need help? If so, look to the body of Christ for that help. Do not keep it a secret.

·         Is there anyone to whom you owe thanks or blessing? If so, do not delay in delivering it.

Remember: communion is something we do. Our Lord and Savior established the church as his one body on earth — and we need to remember that.

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