Sunday, October 02, 2016

October 2, 2016: Prone to Forget

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 276 

Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Cheri Keaggy singing… In Remembrance of ME, poignantly declaring how we, as Christians, should come to Christ’s Table, remembering Him; and then living every day in in remembrance of what He did for us.

Highlight Passage: Mark 8:17-18 [NKJV] … 
17 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? 
… Jesus recognized the lack of faith among His disciples.
Highlight Passage: Mark 8:11-21 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
 … How quickly Jesus’ disciples would forget what He had done to fee the masses who followed Him.

Reference Passage #1 …Luke 22:14-20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK … Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper to remember Him forever.

Reference Passage #2 … 1st Corinthians 11:23—26 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK … The Apostle Paul helping Christians remember why Christ instituted the Lord’s Table … to never forget what He did for us.

 My Journal for Today: … Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland, related a story about a friend’s label of Jesus. He wrote: My friend Bob Horner refers to Jesus as “the Master Reminder.” And that is good, because we are so doubting and forgetful. No matter how often Jesus met the needs of the people who came to Him when He was here on earth, His first disciples feared they would somehow be left in need. After witnessing miracles, they failed to understand the greater meaning the Lord wanted them to remember. 
On a journey across the Sea of Galilee, the disciples realized they had forgotten to bring bread and were talking about it. Jesus asked them, “Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” (Mark 8:17–18). Then He reminded them that when He fed five thousand people with five loaves, the disciples had collected twelve basketfuls of leftover pieces. And when He fed four thousand with seven loaves, they filled seven baskets with leftovers. Then “He said to them, ‘Do you still not understand?’” (v. 21)

And I’m afraid our ODB author has nailed many - if not most - of us. All too often we have a tendency to let our faith wane or even to forget who we are in Christ when we’re confronted by ill-begotten circumstances. Can I get a witness? … ??

That’s why Jesus needed to keep doing Messiah show-n-tell for His inner disciples [see highlight passage above]; because they just could get a 100% grasp on Whom they were following. And that’s why Jesus, before he left His Disciples and ascended into Heaven, left them with His Master tool of remembrance … the Lord’s Supper [see Luke 22 and 1Cor. 11 passages linked above].

 And I hope all who read with me here remember Christ by living out what He commanded in Scripture (see Luke 9:23 and John 14:21 - you look these up!!]. Because when we do, we remember Who Christ is and Whose we are in Him.

Today’s Prayer: Lord, I remember. Amen

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