Mammon and Amen

A Lord’s Supper Meditation

Luke 16:1-18

Etymologically the word mammon and amen come from the same root. Mammon is the thing in which you place your trust and security, for many it is money. In the parable in Luke 16 mammon is money, that which we think will secure or future. This is, of course, idolatry. We trust the gift rather than the Giver. We trust the created thing rather than the Creator.

At the Table we find God’s promise to us that He is more trustworthy than mammon. Money, and created things, are fleeting and unstable, but the body and blood of Christ reaffirm God’s everlasting promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Rather than finding hope and security in mammon, our only hope is in the Name of Jesus, the Name in which we pronounce our Amen.

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Happy International Septuagint Day!

Several years ago the powers that be established February 8th as International Septuagint Day. So, have a very happy LXX day! You can participate in the festivities and read LXX Psalm 1 here.

 

Towers, Armies, And Salted Sacrifices

A Lord’s Supper Meditation

Luke 14:25-35

Here at the Table we are given grace. Here, God promises to His church that she has all the resources to build a tower, and more than that, to build a holy temple made from living stones to fill the whole world.

Here at this Table God promises that His church, led by her King, is able to overcome the forces arrayed against her. Here at this Table is the offer to the world of peace, or the promise of destruction. The world must decide what to do as we invade.

Here at the Table God promises the strengthening of our faith to make us as living sacrifices, salted with the salt of the covenant, pleasing to Him.

God offers all of this, promises all of this, through the sacrificed body and blood of His Son.

This Table, then, is a means by which God makes us Kings. We are kings and priests to God and as we eat and drink at the Table of the Kingdom, our faith, allegiance, and sacrifice overcome the world, for a people who are ready to die cannot be defeated.