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John 6:35-40

“35 Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.

40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.’”

Prayer Journal Entry

Dear Yahweh, I pray the studies in this theme, over the next few weeks, infuse each of us with the courage to extend invitations to those around us in need of nourishment, both physically and spiritually. Lord, let the Spirit move within us and open our eyes to see their need and our own.

May we remember that each meal is an opportunity to share You, the Bread of Life. (John 6:35)

Let us find time to rejoice together as the 3,000 did in Jerusalem (Acts 2:41-47), spreading love with joyful hearts. How can we be anything but joyful when You continue to invite us to dine with You in this life and in the next?

Your grace is evident to the thousands who struck a covenant with You through Moses at Mount Sinai. (Exodus 24:3-4) Your mercy is made known to Abraham and Sarah who bear Isaac long past their child-bearing years. (Genesis 18) Your loving heart is made known through the gift of salvation offered through Your Son. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Remind us to break away from our busy lives and the noise of the world (Mark 1:35), so we may abide in You, restoring our strength in You (Matthew 11:28) so we can be ambassadors of Your Kingdom.
In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.

Worship Through Song

Journal Prompts

JOURNAL ONE

Rebekah began our week with the soft, warm vision of the Bread of Presence (showbread) that rested upon a golden table in the tabernacle of biblical times. (Leviticus 24:5-9) She explained how the Bread of Presence reflected Jesus in its holiness before God, its constant presence, and the sustenance it provided those who consumed it. Though the Bread of Presence was set aside for the priests on duty, Jesus provides sustenance to all as the Bread of Life!

Rebekah also pointed us to another incredible truth, “Our God is a God of invitation and initiation.” From the beginning, God invited us to be with Him. He created Adam and Eve and He walked with them in the Garden of Eden! (Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 3:8) Since then, He has been initiating relationship with His people again and again as He offers His broken body as the Bread of Life if we would just accept His lavish gift of forgiveness.

As we glimpse the heart of Yahweh, our gracious Host, think back to those special memories you have from your own dinner table or a friend’s. Remember the power of breaking bread with loved ones and strangers alike and look for someone in need of the sustenance only our Lord can offer.
JOURNAL TWO

On a daily basis, I confess I so easily forget the majesty and grandeur of the Lord. Feasting at His Feet was a great reminder of His magnificence. Ensuring we are cultivating deeper faith by taking in His Word each day minimizes our tendencies to fall into complacency, the kind of complacency that dulls our sense of the Lord’s splendor. (Luke 21:34-36, Hebrews 6:12)

In studying heroes of the faith as we will in coming weeks or in our other studies, like Champion, we are reminded that unshakeable faith is only developed through trial and long periods of waiting that often include loss. Our faith grows as we practice choosing worship in the ordinary, the ecstatic, and the challenging.

Moses and the elders’ meal they shared on Mt. Sinai reminds us that active faith must be cultivated through pausing, reflecting, and praying, among other spiritual disciplines. While it might sound counterintuitive to be disciplined in taking breaks, rest assured! Our loving Lord created an entire day for rest as He intended to turn our hearts toward genuine worship. (Genesis 2:1-3, Mark 2:25-27)

Jesus modeled our command to rest by spending time alone with the Father. It was essential for Jesus to spend time anchoring His identity and relationship with the Father through prayer. (Mark 1:35, Mark 14:32-36, Luke 5:16) When we meditate on Him, we are sure to be reminded of just how worthy our loving God is of our sacrifice and genuine worship.

JOURNAL THREE

The aptly named study that rounds out our first week of Table, A Meal & A Promise, focuses on Genesis 18, where God visits Abraham and Sarah for an unusual meal and a rare snapshot of the pre-incarnate Christ!

In verses 9-15, God declares that Sarah would bear a son within the next year. For over two decades, Abraham had waited for his offspring to come. When Sarah hadn’t been pregnant month after month, year after year, they even took matters into their own hands to bring about an heir through a slave woman.

Despite their sin and lack of faith, compounded by bodies that could no longer produce children, God remained merciful and patient. Sarah laughed with mocking doubt when she heard God’s news. (Genesis 18:11) Yet, He graciously blessed her.

How many times have we laughed at the seeming impossibility of God’s promise in our lives? How often do we doubt His ability or His willingness to work for our good and His glory?

In watching the Lord’s graciousness with Abraham and Sarah, even in their sin and their doubt, we are reassured of the Lord’s patient kindness with us as He shepherds our hearts, invites us to His table, and brings us His precious Presence.
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