Bread – Refuge

August 27, 2012


Readings for Monday, August 27 designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Job 4:1, 5:1-11, 17-21, 26-27; Acts 9:19b-31; John 6:52-59; Psalms 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

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With talk of hurricanes and bad weather, thoughts turn to places of refuge, of shelter from the storm. Every one of our readings today describe the place where we may find such protection.

In Psalm 1, this place of refuge is a place of strength, built upon God’s law, His rules and regulations for our lives. “He [the person whose delight is in God’s law] is like a tree planted by streams of water…In all that he does, he prospers.” Ps. 1:3

In Psalm 2, this place of refuge is a place of blessing, built upon God’s favor. “Kiss the Son … Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.” Ps. 2:12

In Psalm 3, this place of refuge is a place of protection, built upon God’s saving acts. “But You, Oh Lord, are a shield about me … Salvation belongs to the Lord; …” Ps. 3:3,8

In Psalm 4, this place of refuge is a place of peace, built upon God’s sovereign will. “But know the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself; … In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Ps. 4:3,8

In Psalm 7, this place of refuge is a place of forgiveness, built upon God’s righteousness. “O Lord my God, in You do I take refuge … I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His righteousness…” Ps. 7:1,17

In Job, this place of refuge is a place of restoration, built upon God’s mercy. “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves … For He wounds, but He binds up; He shatters, but His hands heal. He will deliver you from six troubles; in seven no evil shall touch you. In famine He will redeem you from death, …” Job 5:17-20

In Acts, this place of refuge is a place of fearlessness, built upon God’s truth. In this reading from Acts, Saul (Paul) proclaims the name of Jesus boldly and every time ends up in controversy and trouble, but escapes. He has no fear because he is grounded in God’s truth and in the reality of Jesus Christ.

In John, this place of refuge is in Jesus Christ Himself, built upon His being the bread of life.

A place of strength, of blessing, of protection, of peace, of forgiveness, of restoration, of fearlessness – a place of refuge. Who would not want to go to such a place? Who would not want to run to such a place?

That place is Jesus. Go. Run.

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© 2012 GBF

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