Scripture selection: Numbers 15:17-21

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land to which I am taking you and you eat the food of the land, present a portion as an offering to the LORD.  Present a loaf from the first of your ground meal and present it as an offering from the threshing floor.  Throughout the generations to come you are to give this offering to the LORD from the first of your ground meal.”

During their time of wandering, and the time which ultimately would lead to the Israelites entering the Promised Land, they were reminded of many important things.

Along with instruction regarding their common life together and their life of worship, they were told to remember.

What were they to remember?

They were to remember who had brought them to the Promised Land.

The LORD said to Moses “When you enter the land to which I am taking you and you eat the food of the land, present a portion as an offering to the LORD.”

There it is – the reminder that we can too easily forget the ultimate Source of all our life.

Even something as simple as a meal is to remind us that we are not our own – that we have been redeemed and rescued – we are no longer slaves – we are heirs to salvation.

This was true for the Israelites, and for all those who have accepted Christ over thousands of years.

Even a simple meal is to call us to remember.

Is it any surprise that at the center of the celebration of the Lord’s Supper comes a similar teaching from Jesus?

“Do this, in remembrance of Me.”

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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