When was the earliest communion? I just discovered that it was a whole lot earlier in this whole thing than any of us expected. Abraham was the first man God made a blood covenant with, and we are going to explore that in depth next week, and so wouldn’t it stand to reason that communion would be with him? This is a little gem that Perry Stone’s chapter The Meal That Heals draws out, one that we’ve probably missed over and over:
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.
Perry Stone also delves into how taking communion effects our DNA, and how the Passover affected the DNA of the Egyptians all those years ago. Wow you didn’t know that did you? So many little treasures God has hidden for us; even down to the fact that our tiniest little part in our body is in the shape of the cross and the biggest thing scientists have found in the universe is a constellation in the shape of a cross. You can listen to Louie Giglio share here.
Now I’m going to encourage you to take our your Bible and highlight in red and yellow each reference to bread and blood that Jesus makes in John 6:48-56. It is mentioned so often this is quite a profound message to the church, but one that doesn’t really make sense until later as recorded in Luke 22:17-20, however Jesus talks about how He is the bread come down from heaven. Perry Stone draws a parallel to how the Manna which Jesus compares Himself to came down from heaven every day except the Sabbath. Make of this what you will, but if we pray and read our Bibles every day, is there anything to prevent us taking communion every day? Are we missing out on profound strength by not doing so?
He also shares interesting qualities about the particular wine that the Jews partake of at Passover time and how they relate to the cross, along with the significance of the Matzah bread, baked without leaven, pierced and striped, as Jesus was without sin, pierced and striped for our healing.
‘By His stripes we are healed . . .” Isaiah 53:5
And why the crown of thorns? Thorns were part of the curse, and they were pressed down into his head, the curse broken over mental struggles as we partake of the healing won for us.
Taking communion in faith is reminding God of His covenant to us, including healing and reminds us of our covenant with Him. . . and as I said earlier I’m really going to dig into the complexities of blood covenants next week, so I really hope you stick around!
‘Holy Spirit, come, move in power, let the river flow’ – Let the River Flow, Darrel Evans