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no bread: Missional Marks #3

June 26, 2017

we are looking at the five things that Jesus tells his disciples NOT to take with them. No staff to defend ourselves and no bag to collect what is needed but rather to accept what is given and put ourselves in the debt of others.

The third item on the list is bread. Perhaps the most basic of the food we eat. There are echoes in this of the amazing daily bread (or manna) that the Israelites were given by God as they left Egypt to travel to the land they were promised. This was literally a daily ration, enough for just today and no more. Over the years that the people depended on this they learned to trust that there would be enough – every day.

There are also echoes of the line from Jesus prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread”, or “give us today the bread for the journey”.

What Jesus is pointing to here is our need to tune into what God gives us each day. Each new opportunity, each new moment to accept a gift, to recognise what God is doing already. Providing all we need, and being at work in amazing ways long before we arrive on the scene.

We don’t need to take bread because bread is provided as people give us hospitality. The simple act of sharing a meal with people allows us to get to know people in a deeper way than most other places of meeting. As we give and receive hospitality we discover who people are, and what God is doing in their lives.

Jesus asks to go in friendship and without bread, so that we can join in with what he is doing in the lives of the people that we will meet each day.

 

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