Rejoicing under His Wings
One of the things Israel is most remembered for is her grumbling and complaining in the wilderness, all while God is miraculously feeding his people with bread and water and later even meat, literally falling from heaven. Bread is a picture of life and sustenance, and because of this, bread has always meant the word and life of God. How is it that dead grains can be baked and make us live a little longer? This is a great mystery; but it is by the Word of God and the power of the Spirit. How is it that bread, blessed, and shared in a fellowship of believers is the flesh of Christ come down from heaven? This is a great mystery; but it is by the Word of God and the power of the Spirit. We have come under the wings of Yahweh; we are his priestly people gathered here at this table to celebrate the life giving word of God made flesh and tabernacled here in our midst. But do not go from this miraculous table having fed on the Word of God to grumble and complain. Do not go out there acting as though there is a famine in Bethlehem. This is the new Bethlehem, the new house of bread, where you behold the glory of God, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth. You are eating grace and truth. You are feasting on glory. Jesus is our new Joseph giving bread to the nations. Therefore rejoice: God has visited his people, Israel. God is visiting us even now in the power of His Spirit. Rejoice and give thanks, glory in this miracle that you who were once far off have been brought near to rest under the shadow of His wings.