Bread – Remember

November 11, 2013

Readings for Monday, November 11, 2013, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Neh. 9:1-25; Rev. 18:1-8; Matt. 15:1-20; Psalms 77,79,80


Our reading from Nehemiah today is part of a speech given by the priests to the people. In it, the priest recalls (remembers) the history of God’s involvement with them. It is an amazing speech because it recalls not only who God’s people are but who He is.

We are sometimes so forward looking and present-attended that we fail to remember who we are in God’s eyes, what He has done for us, and who He is.

As you read this excerpt, ask yourself what rivers God has helped you cross, what wilderness He has led you in and out of, what food He has provided to you, what living water He has given you, what protection He has afforded you, what blessings He has given you, what miracles He has performed in your presence, what good rules for living He has set forth for our benefit, and what obedience and worship you have returned:

You are the Lord, You alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships You. You are the Lord, the God who chose Abram … You found his heart faithful before You…And You have kept Your promise, for You are righteous. And you saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt … and performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh … And You divided the sea before them…You came down on Mount Sinai and spoke with them from heaven and gave them right rules and true laws, good statutes and commandments…You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger and brought water for them out of the rock…But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey Your commandments. They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that You performed among them…But You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. Even when they had made for themselves a golden calf … and committed great blasphemies, You in Your great mercies did not forsake them in the wilderness…You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold You manna from their mouth…Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell.” Neh. 9:6-21

God has brought us out of slavery and not abandoned us in the wilderness of our own making. He has given us His good rules for living. He has given us His “good Spirit” to counsel us. And He has given us Himself on the cross as a permanent sacrifice for our disobedience, our sin. He preserves us and He preserves the world we live in.

Remember these things.

Thanks be to God!


© 2013 GBF


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