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Communion Meditations (2022)


Cup of Demons

Originally scheduled for November 20

Many Christians find themselves puzzled when reading through the book of Leviticus. Rules seem so petty sometimes. But often we can find reason for it explained in the New Testament as a forerunner of what was to come when Christ arrived. Such a regulation is found here:
'The priest shall also put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense which is before the LORD in the tent of meeting; and all the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering which is at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
(Leviticus 4:7 NASB)

The explanation starts with the idolatrous religions which surrounded the ancient Jew in the days of the Tabernacle. Paul assures us that the “gods” of the heathen are nothing but demons. The ancient pagans believed that the blood of the sacrifice was the food of their gods. As a result of this belief, they would drink the blood of the sacrifice so that they would gain some of the power of their gods by doing so. Just to drink that blood was to acknowledge dependence upon the demon gods of the pagans. It showed that you wanted their power in your body by drinking their food. The ancient Jew was strictly commanded not to do this.
Paul picks up this thought in the New Testament:
No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
(1 Corinthians 10:20-21 NASB)
The argument is quite relevant; he was talking to people who ate meat sacrificed to idols. The point is quite clear: you are either on the Lord’s side or on the side of his opponents. But of course today we don’t get meat sacrificed to idols; that particular temptation disappeared about 1500 years ago. Or did it?
The question is whether or not we have to choose sides. The answer is still the same: yes, we do. Consider some temptations involved.
·        For most of us the first great temptation in life comes in the form of sex. Marital faithfulness is under siege today. Our society tells us that it is not only uncool but impossible.
·        When this temptation fades, the temptations of the world take its place. I must have a better car, a bigger boat, live in a nicer neighborhood.
·        Finally, there is the supreme temptation of pride.
Not only do you have to choose sides, you have to stick with it!
Communion provides a recurring challenge for this in two words: “examine yourself.” If the temptations of this world rule your life on Saturday night then it’s time to change.  Don’t be a hypocrite; confess your sin to God and repent.  Plan to change and commit to it.  Then, take in a worthy manner – an honest, repentant manner.  Be what you claim to be – a follower of Christ.

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