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Broken Bread – Sunday Afternoon Musings.

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May I ponder these words with you a bit today?

You know how you are just chugging along and suddenly a scripture you have read bunches just jumps out at you. I had one of those in church this morning. We have been going pretty much verse by verse through the book of 1 Corinthians, and today this verse popped up on the screen.

The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread. ~ I Corinthians 10:16-17 NKJV (my emphasis)

When I take communion, I always meditate on the Body of the Lord being broken for me. I have even made a big stink in the past about using unleavened bread and not yeast bread, since Jesus was unleavened by sin – the pure and spotless lamb.

For the earliest part of my life we went to a Plymouth brethren assembly where we actually passed a loaf of bread and tore off a piece. As I grew up and my opinions formed, I threw this practice under the bus as having missed the point.

As with most of my dogma – when I finally step back on look – I can see the merit in this. It is really what Paul is saying right here in 1 Corinthians. We are all part of one loaf. A big part of communion is about our community. We are the body of Christ, and in sharing the one loaf, we demonstrate the breaking and dispersion of the body of Christ into the world to carry out His purposes around the globe.

Now I take this back to the woman begging for her daughter’s life, willing to take the crumbs that fall to the floor to see her daughter delivered from the demon that tormented her.

Are we not the broken loaf – scattered – distributed in the world for the healing of the nations? Are we not like that boy’s lunch, blessed by Jesus, and distributed by the apostles over the ages and over all the earth?

What do you think?

BenThanks for pondering with me today.

Worship the King!

Ben

 

0 thoughts on “Broken Bread – Sunday Afternoon Musings.

  1. Larry Who

    Smith Wigglesworth took communion everyday to remind himself of his need for brokenness. Whether it was part of the cause and effect for his success in ministry, I can't say for sure, but it is a great example to follow.

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  2. cshowers

    We are all part of the same loaf, and when you really go deep into it, as far as leaven goes, when a little leaven gets into a lot of dough, it leavens the whole batch. Therefore, keeping that in mind, when a little leaven enters one slice of the bread (or 1 person in the body), doesn't it affect the entire body? Knowing this, shouldn't we be fervently praying for one another, so that we won't stumble and fall, and also so that we won't cause someone else to stumble and fall? Just thinking... 🙂

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  3. Debbie

    Thank you, Mr. Ben, for studying His word with us. "Are we not all broken loaf scattered . ..for the healing of the nations?" I am thinking of the word broken in all of this. How we need to be broken . ..and then I'm thinking about 'cast your bread upon the waters". Thanks for giving me good food for thought here! God bless you bunches!

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  4. jaels

    Joseph Prince has some terrific messages on Holy Communion, if you're interested (have the time to pursue). And your messages are always great, and timely, too--good for munching on (pondering)!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      I will have to check out JP's messages - Someday i want to really dig in and work though all the communion Scriptures, but i have bit more before me on my current project before i can give my heart to that. I am convince it is one of the greatest sources of life in the Christian walk, and we are not getting all we ought to out of it.

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      1. jaels

        I doubt they're related. I only vaguely recall Derrick Prince--but I thought he was English or Australian or something. Joseph Prince is in Singapore--New Creation Church (and he's half Indian, half Chinese--I believe). He's a fabulous teacher--EVERY word he says is scripture-backed, and he intersperses his messages with Hebrew lessons, and tells what words/verses mean in the Greek...he's the whole package, plus he's the one who showed me how healthy and happy I could live if I just kept walking in Jesus Grace. And he's also fun and entertaining, which appeals to me...

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