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August 16, 2020: Richer Meals

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  • We seek church in part because it’s a comfort to us.
  • We want it to be a place just like we think about in Ps 133
    • Oil on Aaron’s beard - it’s an image that reminds us of the connections of feasting and worship.
  • But, that comfort requires us to draw from some place. It doesn’t just come out of nowhere. So what do we do when we hunger for something we can’t immediately get?
    • We can have sweets, or fast food - but it hurts our systems
    • Or, we can get true well made meals, but it means we may have to work hard to make it.
  • Jospeh
    • The convenient option would have been vengeance. He had power, he had authority, he could have booted his family out.
    • Instead, though, he prepares something greater - he cares for his family. He ensures that they will be safe, well fed, and flourish.
    • He didn’t need to, but the fast food option would have hurt him more than what satisfies everyone.
  • The Canaanite Woman and Jesus
    • The easy option here Jesus would have been to ignore the woman.
    • Or, even easier, to just play along with the disciples, who are actively bullying the woman.
    • But instead, he listens. He begins to reveal an entire shift of his ministry, which is important in Matthew. This isn’t just for the chosen people, but Jesus will be for all.
    • Jesus focuses on the faithfulness of the woman - her heart - and that sets about healing.
  • There will always be an urge to seek the thing that will feed us quickly, but especially now, that’s hard.
    • We are hungry. No doubt. We dream of feasting again.
    • But the cheapest option will only satisfy us for so long.
      • The urge to be upset and annoyed at decisions that are prayerfully being considered. To want to seek our own vengance on what’s happening all around us.
      • The urge to ignore the calls of those on the outside of what we think is right or outside our ministry because they don’t fit the mold of what we think is the right thing.
    • Instead, what’s it like for us to make richer meals? Something more long lasting? A feast that is equal banquet and anointing?
    • Even for us in a time that feels so removed, we can make deeper meals. We can seek each other, find each other, provide flourishing for one another in the midst of being able to push people away, and to give more than the crumbs to someone else. That’s a banquet for us and the other.

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