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Bible Pathways - October 30, 2005

October 30


Read Luke 21

In Today's Reading:

The widow's offering; signs of the end; Jesus' last Passover; the Lord's Supper; prayer in the garden; Jesus' arrest; Peter's denial

The Israelites' annual Passover meal was a reminder that the blood of an innocent lamb and obedience to the Word of God had made it possible for their ancestors to be redeemed from death, to be set free from Pharaoh and Egyptian slavery, and to enjoy freedom in the promised land.

On the evening of the Passover, Jesus took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them (His 12 disciples), saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament (Covenant) in My blood, which is shed for you (Luke 22:19-20). At this Passover, our Lord identified Himself with the sacrificial Passover Lamb which had illustrated and foreshadowed His sacrifice for hundreds of years.

The Lord's Supper is a reminder that Jesus' death on the cross made it possible for us to be delivered from Satan, to be set free from the condemnation of our sins, and to receive eternal life. This ordinance is so sacred that the Holy Spirit emphasized its importance through the Apostle Paul who wrote: The Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me (I Corinthians 11:23-25). People who seldom attend worship services never obey this command It is of the utmost importance that we consider carefully what our Lord said: This do in remembrance of Me. He did not make a suggestion but a command. Jesus reminded all His followers: Why call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46). And again He said: If a man love Me, he will keep My words (John 14:23).

The Lord wanted us to know that His death on the cross made the difference for us between spending eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15) or in heaven with Him (John 3:16; 14:2-3). The Lord's Supper is a continuing reminder that there is forgiveness for all who by faith accept Jesus' atoning sacrifice as the only means of receiving eternal life. It is also a time to consider that if we harbor sinful attitudes such as ill will toward others, revenge, and lust, they need to be confessed and forsaken before partaking. The Lord's table is a reminder that whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that (the) bread, and drink of that (the) cup (I Corinthians 11:27-28).

Word Studies:

21:4 penury = poverty; 21:13 shall turn to you for a testimony = will turn out to be an opportunity to tell the Good News; 21:15 to gainsay = to refute; 21:34 surfeiting = overindulgence; 22:39 wont = in the habit of.

Cross References:

For Luke 21:27: See Daniel 7:13. Luke 22:37: See Isaiah 53:12. Luke 22:69: See Psalm 110:1.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Government Officials: Gov. Felix Camacho (Guam), Rep. John Doolittle (CA), Rep. Peter Hoekstra (MI), and Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ) · Country: St. Vincent and The Grenadines (120,000) in the Lesser Antilles of the eastern Caribbean · Major languages: English and French patois · Religious freedom · 50% Protestant; 17% Roman Catholic; 2% spiritist · Prayer Suggestion: Offer up your prayer to God, your King, who will hearken to your prayer (Psalm 5:2).

Memory Verse for the Week: Hebrews 3:15

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