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Crackers for Communion?

April 30, 2015

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 – “Yeshua, in the night in which He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me’.  In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Luke 22:19-20 – “And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me’.  And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood’.”

Have you ever been invited to a friend’s house for a meal, and all they served you was a broken cracker crumb and a shot-glass of juice?  And then, they expected you to eat and drink the same small tidbits every time you thought about them?  I don’t know about you, but I’d want to say: “What’s up with that? You’ve got to be kidding!

Remembering Yeshua Rightly
Acts 2:42 – “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Acts 2:46 – “And breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.”

Yeshua and his disciples were celebrating a Seder meal when Yeshua made the above statements about doing so in remembrance.  The Seder is no skimpy meal consisting of only a broken cracker crumb and a shot glass of juice.  It is a full meal, with a lot of filling items.  It is a full blown banquet of a meal!  If you’ve never been to a Seder, I recommend that you do so.

The disciples came together weekly to celebrate Yeshua’s sacrifice, his resurrection, and his promise to return and celebrate the meal with them.  Paul calls this meal the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20).

In Greek, those words are κυριακός δεῖπνον:
Lord’s: kyriakos [κυριακός – G2960], meaning belonging or related to the Lord.
Supper: deipnon [δεῖπνον – G1173], meaning supper, especially a formal meal usually held at the evening. It is used of the Messiah’s feast, symbolizing salvation in the kingdom.

Central to this meal was the loaf of unleavened bread, and the cup of juice or wine.  This meal of remembrance symbolizes the future wedding banquet, the great feast (an elaborate meal associated with abundant heaps of food) that takes place when Yeshua returns with his Kingdom of Priests and Kings – his Bride!  And what a celebration of fun, food, drink, and fellowship this will be.  Just as the historical Seder was a dress rehearsal that looked forward to Yeshua’s first coming, the  meal of remembrance is a dress rehearsal that looks forward to his second coming!

Serving a full, unbroken loaf of bread and drinking from one cup during a supper or feast is symbolic of unity as one body.

Remembering Yeshua Wrongly
But, isn’t a broken cracker crumb and a shot glass of juice just about all one gets in a “church” during the “Lord’s Supper”, or as it is commonly called, “Communion”?  Yeshua must be shaking his head and weeping openly and deeply over the way the “church” has botched the meal of remembrance.  But wait, how many celebrate the meal in joy?  Isn’t it more likely that soft music is played while everyone comes slowly, quietly forward with head bowed as if they were in a funeral procession?  Uh huh, I thought so . . . . .

Turning the Lord’s Supper into broken cracker crumbs and shot glasses of juice is symbolic of disunity and division.  All I can say is: “What’s up with that? You’ve got to be kidding!

The Final Meal
Revelation19:9 – “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

Once again, scripture uses the Greek word, deipnon [δεῖπνον – G1173] to describe the marriage supper of the Lamb.  And this will be a full meal, a banquet, a great feast, an elaborate meal associated with abundant heaps of food!  It is this meal that Yeshua tells us to pray for when we ask Yahweh to “Give us today the bread belonging to the coming day!” (Matthew 6:11, Luke 11:3).

Conclusions
Serving a full, unbroken loaf of bread and drinking from one cup during a supper or feast is symbolic of unity as one body. Turning the Lord’s Supper into broken cracker crumbs and shot glasses of juice is symbolic of disunity and division.  Which meal do you eat?

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets.  Today we are one day closer to the return of Yeshua than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be even one day closer.  For almost two thousand years the Jews would proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem!”  I now proclaim “Next Yom Teruah in the clouds!”  Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

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