Reflections: March 15, 2021
Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent
By Aaron T. Fenker
"What is it?" (Exodus 16:15)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. I'm sure the Israelites had lots of questions. When would they get out of Egypt and to the promised land? When they got out into the desert, they had a few more. "Why'd you bring us out here to die, Moses and Aaron? Where's the food? Where's the water?" But they weren't really grumbling against Moses and Aaron. They were questioning the LORD who brought them out of the Land of Egypt. "Is the LORD even going to provide for us?"
We question the Lord, doubt the Lord, too. Whenever things seem like the Lord doesn't care, we despair. We think life is miserable. Maybe we think we're going to die. We'll try and blame others. Maybe we blame ourselves. But we're really grumbling, complaining, doubting the Lord.
The Lord took care of Israel. "What is it?" they asked. It was the bread the Lord gave them. For their entire journey through the wilderness the Lord provided the manna. He cared for them. He loved them. He saved them from Egypt, from slavery. He proved for their needs. He kept His promises. Rescue-from- Egypt promises. Bread-in-the-wilderness promises. Savior-born-of-a-Virgin promises. Calvary and Easter promises.
The Lord does the same for you. You're saved like Israel was, from the slavery to your sins under the Pharaoh Satan. Jesus suffered the death of the firstborn, under the darkness of Good Friday, darkness He felt--"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" He keeps His promises to you, as well.
Daily bread promises. He will give you from His Father what you need to support your body and life. Baptismal promises. "I am with you always." As He was with Israel in the desert. Lord's Supper promises. "What is it?" "Take, eat; this is My Body, given for you. Drink of it all of you; this cup is the new testament shed for you for the forgiveness of sins." In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
What is this bread? Christ's body risen from dead: This bread we break, This life we take, Was crushed to pay for our release. O taste and see--the Lord is peace. What is this wine? The blood of Jesus shed for mine; The cup of grace Brings His embrace Of life and love until I sing! O taste and see--the Lord is King. ("What Is This Bread" LSB 629, st.1-2)
-Rev. Aaron T. Fenker is the pastor of Bethlehem and Immanuel Lutheran churches in Bremen, KS.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
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