and your right hand has supported me;
your help has made me great.
You gave me a wide place for my steps under me
Why is the father called by his original name Jacob in this passage until 43:11 when he is called Israel (32:18)?
Joseph and Benjamin eat separately from their brothers. The Egyptians don't eat with Hebrews. Who are our usual dining companions? Who is welcome or not welcome to eat with us at church? Who's welcome to share in Communion?
No mention of Simon. Aren't the brothers curious at all? Or, are they afraid to find out? Do they not trust Joseph? Should they?
Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven in three parables. The kingdom of heaven is like a valuable treasure that has been hidden. It's like a pearl worth all that one owns. It's like a net thrown into the sea that catches fish of every kind, good and bad.
When he asks the disciples if they have understand this teaching, they respond, "Yes."
Of course, Jesus' disciples would have known those texts. Why did they think that they were incapable of feeding the crowds, that the only solution for hungry folks is to find their own food?
Well, we've read the same texts, and we've read Matthew's Gospel, as well. How much have things changed?
At the last supper with his disciples, "While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body.'" (Matthew 26:26).
We remember these steps each time we participate in the Eucharist.
If you want to know more about how United Methodists view this sacrament, read United Methodists and the Sacraments by Gayle Felton
The metaphorical interpretation of verse 19 as foreshadowing eucharist is not the only possible interpretation. We might read it as literally descriptive of what Jesus did that day, and, so, literally descriptive of what his disciples are called to do. Think about this verse at the next church supper you attend. Who's eating with you--only other church people or some hungry crowds?.
Prayer for Today: Choose a prayer from the GBOD page discussing Communion