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Communion is observed on a regular basis in nearly all Christian Churches; some more often than others, and using various kinds of bread, crackers, wafers, and juice or wine. A solemn and holy reverence is the norm, and I wouldn't change that for the world: this page focuses on the precepts leading to the post-Calvary sacrament.
1Cor10:16 - "the CUP OF BLESSING which we bless; is it not the COMMUNION of the blood of Christ?"
1Cor10:21 - "Ye cannot drink the CUP OF THE LORD, and the CUP OF DEVILS: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table and of the table of devils".
Jesus said: "This CUP is the New Testament in my blood; this do ye as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me". 1Cor11:25 and also Matt26, Mark 14, Luke22.
John 18:11 is where Jesus says "the CUP which my Father has given me, shall I not drink it?"
The importance and solemnity of the Communion Cup may be gathered from 1Cor11:30 -- "for this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep". Jesus referred to a sleep which was not the same as resting, Jn11:13, but really meant dying.
Christians understand that "absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord". 2Cor5:8 and Phil 1:23.
Three (3) things, and maybe four (4) to keep in mind concerning the New Testament sacrament of the Bread & Wine:
1. Melchizedek, Gen14 and Ps110, was the King-Priest who brought out the bread and the wine. Spelled Melchisedec in the N.T. -- Hebrews 5,6,7.
2. The dreams of the Butler and Baker, Gen40, were interpreted by Joseph as being Life & Death on the 3rd Day. The Butler dreamed about the CUP, and the Baker dreamed about the Bread.
3. The planting of his personal cup in Benjamin's sack, Gen44, was never explained by Joseph. Why did he want to label his younger brother as a thief?
4. DRINK! Moses had the golden calf melted down
and made them drink it! Deut9:21
Scripture is not simply the literal truth, but is also poetic truth, figurative truth, historical truth, geographical truth, hidden truth, and any other kind you might imagine.
When David wrote in the 23rd Psalm about "my cup runneth over", he wasn't speaking of spilling his coffee on the carpet, but was referring to his "Cup of Blessing, or Cup of Life".
The Cup of Astonishment and Desolation was spoken of in Ezek23:33, and Isa51:17 speaks of the Cup of Trembling, and Jer25:14 about the Cup of Fury. I pray this page and this site will cause those who read it to drink of the Cup of Enlightenment. Amen.
The mysterious Melchizedek brought forth the Bread and the Wine, and received tithes, in those days long before the Levitical priesthood and of course they had no way of recognizing him as a precept or 'type' of the Lord Jesus. Did they wonder what message he gave his constituents? And did the Children of Israel consider his position as both a king and a priest when the Levitical priesthood only allowed for one or the other, but not both?
"Without father, without mother..." (Heb7:3), and neither can his generations be determined in the O.T. -- did this Melchizedek simply materialize out of thin air? Is this one of the Christophanies or Theophanies such as the 4th man in the fiery furnace, the man who wrestled Jacob, or the swordsman who appeared to Joshua (5:13).
Melchizedek made what we'd call a cameo appearance in Genesis 14 and then a thousand years went by before he's mentioned again, by David, in Psalms 110:4. Then, ANOTHER thousand years passes before the subject of Melchisedec comes along in Hebrews. This is historical-chronologic truth!
The Butler and Baker were in the same prison with Joseph and each had a dream which they asked him to interpret. The Butler had dreamed of a vine with three branches, and saw himself squeezing the juice into the Pharaoh's Cup. (Notice the parallel to the Communion Cup). The three branches meant three days, Joseph said, after which time the Butler would be restored to his position. His dream meant Life!
The Baker's dream was of himself with three white baskets on his head and the birds eating the bakemeats (bread) out of the uppermost basket. Joseph's interpretation was that the three baskets also meant three days, at the end of which time the Baker would be taken out and hung, and the birds would feed on his flesh. His dream meant Death!
Don't have the wrong "bread" in your top basket -- Jesus is the True Bread. Yes, you're entitled to your opinion, and those whom you esteem as your religious authority, but when the bread comes from your own head: you're dead! It's the Word of God, the True-Bread, which belongs in the top basket.The Gibeonites were a deceiving group claiming to be from "A Far Country", who brought old bread and old wine (sacraments of Communion), and asking for Covenant. After three days they were found to be liars, Josh9:16 -- like the situation these days when liars pretend to be in Covenant with the Almighty (for fear of Hell), but have no intention of honoring God's Word.
Why were the baskets white? Jesus spoke of the white-washed sepulchres; how they looked clean and nice on the outside, but inside were rotten and full of dead-men's bones.
Why the THIRD DAY? Because Jesus said "Destroy this temple (speaking of his own body) and in 3 days I will raise it up",John2:19. Now the church is his body, and when a thousand years are as one day, it has been more than "2 days" since he went to the cross. We're in the 3rd Day NOW!
Joseph was obviously a good man, a man-of-God, and so it was a mystery in the Old Testament why he framed his own full-brother (both he and Benjamin were sons of Rachel) by having his personal silver cup placed in his sack.Now we understand the poetry of how we each have our own cup (of Life) to enjoy; to despise; to share with others; to pour down the drain, or whatever...Fill my cup, Lord; Fill it up, Lord, should be our daily prayer.
It isn't until we read in John 18:11 where Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, said: "the CUP which my Father has given me, shall I not drink it?" that we recognize the allegory. Joseph had the cup put in Benjamin's sack (think vessel or vesture) just as God gave Jesus the Cup of Calvary!
King David spoke of his brimming cup in the 23rd Psalm, and we learn of the New Testament Communion Cup in First Corinthians chapter eleven, so we have no excuse for not recognizing a figurative cup, like one which blesses us.
"Benjamin" means 'Son of the Right Hand', so Jesus is figuratively the True Benjamin, who is now seated at the right hand of God! Acts2:34
We are created in the image of God: we are spirits with a soul, living in a body. Think of it as an earth-suit, or as a tent which becomes a house which becomes a temple. Jesus came "in a body prepared", Heb10:5, "in the likeness of human flesh", Rom8:3, and had "his vesture dipped in blood", Rev19:13. Like Joseph, he had a 'coat of many colors' representing salvation to all colors and races of mankind. Glory!"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils". 1Cor10:21. Do you like those crackers or blah tasting wafers? Go to the BREAD page to learn how we should be using Raisin Bread!
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