April 22, 2015

Pentecost Countdown, Part 3

Come and Eat

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As we countdown to Pentecost, we want to look once again at one of Yeshua's (Jesus') appearances after His resurrection. John records this appearance, which took place at the Sea of Galilee, in chapter 21 starting at verse 1. One evening Peter said that he was going fishing and a few of the other disciples went along. At daybreak they saw a man on the shore and the man shouted out to them, "Do you have any fish?" and they replied, "NO!" The man on the shore shouted back to them, "Cast your nets on the right side of the boat and you will find a catch." Well, after fishing all night and catching nothing, what did they have to lose? So they did, and when they did, what a catch they had! They were not able to haul it in because of the number of fish they caught. Immediately John cried out, "It is the Lord!" and with that, Peter put on his outer garment and swam to shore. The others brought the boat in with the catch of fish.

How excited they all were to see and hear from the Messiah. Can you say the same thing about yourself? Would you stop what you are doing and run to the Master? If you heard His voice and He asked you, would you know His voice and would you do what He is asking you to do?

When they came to Yeshua, they saw the fire and the fish cooking and Yeshua asked them to bring some of the fish they had just caught. He said to them, "Come and eat." There is nothing like sitting around the table with loved ones and eating a meal. Isn't that how the tradition of coming together for Thanksgiving came about? Thanksgiving's meal is about eating with those whom we are thankful for. Many transactions have taken place during a meal. Covenants were sealed with a meal. Isn't this why we have a meal at a wedding? In fact, one of the Temple sacrifices was called just that, a "meal offering."

Well, this was important also to Yeshua. He said that He was looking forward to eat the Seder Meal with His disciples before His crucifixion, and He looks forward to the day when He will eat with His believers at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9). Yeshua is the Word made flesh. He told us that we need to eat of Him (John 6:53-56).

Isaiah writes in chapter 55, "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters (the well of Salvation, the water of life): and you who have no money come, buy and eat (the gift of life is free to all who come, rich and poor alike). Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost (Paul and Peter both refer to the Word as milk, for the new believer and meat for the mature believer, 1 Corinthians 3:2, 1 Peter 2:2). Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and wages for what does not satisfy (the Bible speaks of the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life; this is not from God. But what is from God is His true Manna from heaven, the bread of life, His Word, John 6:48-51)? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance (Yeshua has come to give us life and that life abundantly. It is not about our possessions, for our life is not in our possessions, or else many would not, or even could not, achieve His gift of life. The Psalmist speaks of the Word as honey, Psalm 19 Verse 10: "They (law, testimony, precepts, commandments, judgements) are more desirable than gold, yes much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb." His word should not be bitter to us, but sweet). Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live."

Only God's Word can bring us life, but only if we come and eat of Him. We must not only embrace the Word of God but we must consume it. We must live it out each and every day. Let us come to the table of the Lord and let us eat that which is good, for the Lord our God has set before us a table worth feasting at. Let us delight in what is good for our soul, that which will bring healing, that which will bring life. The book of Revelation ends with, "And the Spirit and the bride say 'Come.' And let the one who hears say, 'Come.' And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost." Yeshua asked His disciples to come and eat.

Will you?

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