I’ve been reading through the book of Genesis in my daily devotional time, and God brought this really mind blowing thing to my attention. Okay, so let me back up a little, and I do mean little because, well, there isn’t anything else before Genesis, right? I digress. I’ve gotten to the story of Abram. Not Abraham, yet. Just Abram. Abram traveled to Egypt with his wife Sarai, all their belongings, and his nephew Lot. Then, stuff happened. Lot and Abram separated because they needed more space because they both acquired a great deal of wealth (13:2), and they left one another on good terms. Where Lot was staying in chapter 14, got attacked by this gang of kings who had already taken over other kings and everything is pretty much a hot mess. Lot, in the midst of all this chaos, gets captured, and Abram hears about it. Now that we are all caught up, let’s get into the meat of the matter.
Abram takes 318 of this trained men to take on the army of these 4 combined kings. The odds are not in the their favor; however, Abram has God and ends up overtaking the combined army and gets Lot back. (ummm… how cool is that?!) Which brings us to Genesis 14:18-20:
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem [that is Jerusalem] brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.’ Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
God did what seemed like the impossible, which He does over and over and over again throughout the Bible. In response, the priest and Abram broke bread with wine and remembered God’s faithfulness. The next step of Abram is what hit my heart. Abram gave 10% of all that he had. Reading previous chapters, Abram was quite wealthy, so a tenth of all he had was not a small feat. The thing is, Abram didn’t just break bread and remembered God’s faithfulness; no, he took the next step and did something about it.
Fast forward a few thousand years to Mark 14:22-24, and 26. Jesus is sitting with His disciples having supper. They didn’t know it was going to be the last supper with Jesus. It was just supper, but Jesus knew because, well, He’s Jesus and knows everything. Again, I digress. Look at verse 22,
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ Then, He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it them, and they all drank from it. ‘This is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many,’… v. 26 “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Wine and bread were common elements of dinner at that time. It would be served with supper, so for Jesus to have it there that time, would not have been a big deal. He used an everyday item to jog a memory. These disciples knew the book of Genesis. All good Jewish boys knew at least the Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible. They knew the story of Abram. Here’s the thing: Just like Abram, Jesus broke bread and wine, remembered God’s faithfulness (gave thanks), and then did something about it. He went to the Mount of Olives/Gethsemane to be captured by His enemy, persecuted and murdered for OUR sin! Mind. Blow.
Okay, so here’s the big “ta-dah” moment. We break bread with our friends and family. We praise the Lord for His faithfulness. Now, what’s our next step that was shown to us from the very beginning of the Bible all the way to Jesus? We have to do something about it! Both Abram and Jesus gave something for the Kingdom of God. How can we make an impact for the Kingdom? It is great to remember the faithfulness of God, but sadly many times we stop there. God calls us to proclaim His name to the nations. He Seek the Lord and see what you can do advance the Gospel wherever you live!