A Strong Hand

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May we always partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine with a deep discernment of His sacrifice. For God, by His "strong hand," reached out to the whole human family and died for us, so that we may live.

Today’s Reading: Exodus 13

Key Verse: Exodus 13:14

So it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, “What is this” that you shall say to him, “By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage…” {The New King James Version}

Four times in this reading, God’s “Strong Hand” is emphasized. Repetition in Scripture indicates the importance of the word picture presented to us. Throughout the millennia, Jews have repeated those words in their annual family ritual, Passover. In every observant household a child will ask, “What is this?” In Scripture, the word, “ordinance” means an order from God. The Jews, who were the first followers of Jesus, continued this “remembrance” every year. At His final Passover, Jesus, gave His disciples the bread and wine and said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” Unlike Passover, there is no set time to observe Communion. It can be daily, weekly, monthly or even annually. But time must be set aside regularly to partake in the “Lord’s Supper.” [Please read,  Matt. 26:26-29, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Cor. 11:23-31.]

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You established what we refer to as “Communion.” Please grant me the grace of consistently obeying Your standing orders to repeat often the observance You established. May I partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine with a deep discernment of Your sacrifice. With Your “Strong Hand” You reached out to the whole human family, and we nailed Your Hands to the Cross. Thank You for the Gift of Your Body and Blood. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Sam Moore is the owner and operator of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the company that financed the new translation of the “King James Version” of the Bible. Approximately every 100 years another translation of the classic version, KJV, is presented to the world. I was raised on an older translation. The words “thee” and “thou” are not used in every day conversation and it would be difficult for anyone to understand the original 1611 translation. A spoken language is constantly changing. Sam is my friend. His vision to bring together the finest scholars during the 1970s caught my attention. He along with the scholars appeared several times as my guest on TV. Sam emigrated from Lebanon to the USA and began selling Bibles door to door as a university student. The New King James Version is my favorite modern translation of God’s Word.

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