CAST OUT THE GUILT
THE LORD’S TABLE
If you have partaken of the Lord’s Supper and felt a heavy burden of guilt about your countenance – or felt that communion was a confounding mystical ritual in which you were unsure you were worthy to participate in. Then, let me assure you, that this is not so. Burden, guilt, worth….. it is not the intention of the communion.
The Communion – The Lord’s Supper – The Table of the Lord is the simple recognition of the rememberance of the Passover.
It all begins in Exodus 12 …..God sending the Death Angel to kill the first born in every household in Egypt – man & beast.
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel. Saying, in the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats;
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
God instructs the people of Israel to bring the lamb into the home and live with the lamb until it is slain.
Exodus 12: 7-8
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread: and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
11 and this shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand: and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s Passover.
They eat the Passover meal in the evening, at sundown, as the Jewish day begins at sundown. Apply the blood on the door post and on the lintel. Roast the lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs and eat it with staffs in hand and sandals on their feet….in haste.
Why were they to do this thing of which Moses spake?
By acting on God’s word, they would escape the wrath of the Death Angel as he passed over their homes….He would not slay the first born in their house.
This feast – The Passover Feast is a rememberance of that night, in Egypt, when the Death angel passed over those who obeyed God.
But, to those who did not obey….at the houses where there was no blood on the door….the Death Angel came.
It was of no consequence whether the inhabitants of the house were thieves, robbers, beggars or kings or what type of lives that they led. If there was blood on the door, obedience to God’s word, then they were passed over and spared. If not, then death was their lot.
But, what of those in the house that did not deserve to be spared? I have heard preachers which espouse that there must be some examining of one’s self, by the inhabitants, once they place the blood on the door.
This is not so. All…. were sparred, by the simple obedience to God’s word.
Jesus was keeping the Jewish Passover the night he was betrayed. God had instructed the people to observe the Passover – the act of the Passover – through the centuries, to keep it in rememberance, that He had delivered them out of Egypt’s bondage.
Matthew 26: 26-28
26 …Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, take, eat; This is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
In an upper room in the house of John Mark’s mother, he took the cup and broke the bread….all were invited to partake. There was no examining of an individual’s behavior or worth. With his words, he imparted a new meaning to the Passover Feast. “This is my body….This is my blood.” He substituted his body and his blood for that of the Passover lamb. He becomes our Passover lamb. In that instant, the blood of the Passover lamb was translated, evermore, into a more valuable blood. The blood of Jesus.
11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
As the blood of that slain lamb was poured out….death came. At the Passover, that night in Egypt, God revealed that the death of the lamb was to be an atonement for our sins – all of the sins of the whole world.
Do you not see that this is the meaning of the Passover Feast? Death for sin. It passes over us. Jesus poured out his blood, substituted for the blood of the lamb. We are spared death for sin by the covering of his spilt blood. He gave his life so that we might live. We are not worthy to live, because of our sins but, we are made worthy by the blood of the lamb….by the blood of Jesus covering all of our sins.
Many of you approach the Table of the Lord by examining yourself. To see if you are worthy. None of us are worthy. We are saved from death, by God Grace.
I Corinthians 11:27,28,29
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eatheth and drinketh damination to himself not discerning the Lords body.
Take Heed. In the Scriptures, the word is unworthily and is speaking of the manner of partaking of the Lords Supper. Not the worth of the partaker.
What constitutes eating and drinking unworthily?
To eat and drink not discerning the Lords body. Not recognizing his worth to stand in our place. His shed blood spilled for all of our sins – past, present and future. We are made worthy by the blood of the lamb. Jesus’ shed blood.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Take the cup and say: Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner. We are covered by the worth of Christ. Our worthiness is in his blood. Thank you, Lord, for your Grace. I am made worthy through the shed blood of Jesus.
There are two elements at the Lord’s Table.
If sin was the only item to be addressed, all that was needed was the blood of the lamb. But, God instructed them to do something else on that Passover night.
They were to eat the roasted lamb for strength, in haste, with staff in hand and sandals on their feet. Expectant, that their deliverance was nigh.
37 He brought them forth….and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
There were more than 2 million Israelites bound in slavery. For these people, to come out of Egypt with not a feeble one in their midst….. God healed them. For their obedience to his word, that Passover night, as they ate the roasted lamb, in haste, God healed every one of them.
Jesus took the bread in rememberance of the Passover healing.
Isaiah 53 declares….” with his stripes we are healed”. The verse also states that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.
5 He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
In the Book of Matthew it states that Jesus…. “took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses”.
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Jesus lifted sickness and infirmities from off of us. All of us.
That is why Jesus took the bread…as rememberance of that night in Egypt when they ate the roasted lamb for strength, parktaking with the faith in God’s word that he would deliver them out of Egypt. God gave them healing because of their faith in his word.
Healing can be yours. Claim it in Faith!
Take the bread and say: with His stripes…. I was healed. Thank you, Lord, in Jesus’ name.
Transcript from the podcast “Cast Out the Guilt from the Lord’s Table”
Acknowledgement: From the teachings of Bible Scholar Dr Gene Scott PhD. For additional information on Dr Scott, visit the website: www.drgenescott.org.