The Supper as a Pledge of Faithfulness
Scripture Reading — 1 Corinthians 10:16-22
You cannot have a part in both the Lords table and the table of demons.
1 Corinthians 10:21 —
Many love songs focus on the exclusive nature of love. Often the radio brings us all kinds of singers crooning words like You are my only one.
Its one of the basic rules of dating that you cant sing you are my only one to more than one person at a time. And when someone tries to do that, all kinds of mistrust and despair break out.
Taking the bread and cup of the Lords Supper is also a pledge of exclusive faithfulness. Accepting Jesus nourishment means that we choose not to look for nourishment from other sources.
Yet it is easy not to take this verse seriously.
Maybe thats partly because very few organizations today advertise that they offer a table of demons. But we have to realize that many of this worlds most potent institutionsin politics, business, education, entertainment, and moreurge us to take nourishment from forces that are fundamentally opposed to the reign of Jesus Christ.
This week we have explored many poetic images for the Lords Supper. Its a feast of covenant renewal, remembrance, hope, discovery, unity, and proclamation. Todays Scripture reading helps us to see that all of these things are a powerful way to tell the world that we renounce Satan and all of his empty promises.
Holy God, help us to understand that saying “yes” to you means saying “no” to every other force that calls for our allegiance. Deliver us, we pray, from all evil. Amen.