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Wait for one another

"Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.” (1 Corinthians 11:33-34)

 

Order in service and community gatherings was a subject that St. Paul touched upon as he wrote this epistle to the church at Corinth. This newly formed sect called Christians needed someone to guide the functioning of their community. They were an exuberant group. Yet the social status was a major dividing factor. There were the rich and slaves together enjoying the presence of the life of Christ. It's always hard to break the man made traditions. The church at Corinth struggled with this. The fellowship meetings usually had the Community meal in the homes where they gathered. The rich occupied the plush room space and ate before the servant class turned up. People were so self indulgent in their fellowship meals and selfishness set in. Often by the time the poor turned up, the fellowship meal was over. Hence Paul had to set the guidelines for the meal.

 

Firstly they had to remind their Jewish roots of the Passover meal, where all came under the shelter of their homes and all had a part in their meal. They also had to reflect the love of Christ as they set aside all their differences and unite their hearts to honour the Lord. The bread that showed the body of Christ had to remind them that they were all members of one another and they had to operate in love and grace. They had to wait for one another so that all had a part in the meal. The greatest danger in the body of Christ is not the external factors, it's still the character issues inside members that prevent it from moving forward. Let’s come before the table with the attitude to emulate our Lord Jesus Christ in all realms of our life.

 

For further reading: Exodus 12    Mark14:22-25