beast feast

April 2016 (26)

1 Corinthians 11:20-22

1Co 11:20 This is such a case: when you all come together, it is not really to eat the Lord’s Supper.
1Co 11:21 Because at the meal, each one eats his own supper ahead of others. So one person is staying hungry while another is getting drunk!
1Co 11:22 I say this because … Don’t you have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you look down on the church of God and embarrass the ones who do not have what you have? What should I say to you? Should I show appreciation for you? I do not appreciate this behaviour!

beast feast

Paul had just told the Corinthians that they would be able to discern which preference groups within the church were actually worth joining by the behaviours that these groups displayed and tolerated. Now, he gives a case in point. The Lord Jesus had initiated a little ritual after he celebrated his last Passover with his disciples, just before his crucifixion. He had encouraged his disciples to eat this little meal often, and make it an occasion for solemn remembrance of God’s grace, and personal reflection. In Corinth, it had turned into a beast feast. Instead of communion, there was confusion. Instead of focusing on Christ, the people were focusing on the feed. Paul was ticked off, and rightly so.

LORD, we thank you for giving us a means of reflecting on the marvel of your grace, demonstrated by the sacrificial death of our Saviour. May we treat this gift with respect and reverence.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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