“And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights…” 2 Kings 19.8b
Elijah, experiencing great conflict, the residue of a a drought and famine, had an unusual gastronomic experience. One meal, food and drink, sustained him for forty days and nights.
Our pastor often speaks of the Lord’s Supper as nourishment. “If you are hungry come to the feats which has been prepared.”
After partaking of the body and blood of Christ, “real food and real drink” how easy is it to be immediately distracted by the cares and vicissitudes of life only to realize, the enjoyment of the benefits of the Super, a renewed sense of forgiveness and the presence of God, has dwindled by the afternoon.
How can the nourishment of the morning and the enjoyment of that hour last beyond the end of the meeting (or service)?
1. QUESTION: Can we mimic the experiences of Elijah the Tishbite, “he…went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights…”
2. QUESTION Is the body and blood of Christ a nourishing meal to you, more than just remembering an event in history? Does it sustain you for days subsequent to communion?