If You Are Hungry, Eat Something

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2

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23 Jesus went through the wheat fields on the Sabbath. As the disciples made their way, they were picking the heads of wheat. 24 The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! Why are they breaking the Sabbath law?”

25 He said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was in need, when he and those with him were hungry? 26  During the time when Abiathar was high priest, David went into God’s house and ate the bread of the presence, which only the priests were allowed to eat. He also gave bread to those who were with him.” 27 Then he said, “The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath. 28  This is why the Human One is Lord even over the Sabbath” (Mark 2:23-28, Common English Bible).

I ran across something a little while ago that said, If you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, you aren’t hungry. I don’t think that is true. There are even some people to whom I would say, “No, you don’t need an apple” for various reasons. There are people with allergies to apples. There are also people who just plain don’t like eating apples. I fall into that category. Ever since I had my upper front two teeth removed, I don’t like to eat an apple or corn on the cob. There is nothing with either of the two. But, since my two upper front teel were knocked out when I was a senior in high school and had crowns put it, eating them hasn’t been comfortable. When those two crowns were removed late last year as well as three bottom teeth the crown had worn to nothing, I have had to start wearing partials. They are always coming loose when I bite down on something hard. They are not fun to wear.

In today’s lesson, the Pharisees are chewing on Jesus, up one side and down the other. Why? The disciples, on the Sabbath, working wasn’t allowed and gathering food could prove problematic.

The disciples were hungry so, they pulled off the heads of the wheat and ate them. That set the Pharisees off. There wasn’t a law against it, dad would have been like, help yourself to what is in there. He would probably question the Pharisees before they really made a scene.

But, the thought occurred to me, sometimes we hunger for what is not food. Instead, we had them sitting in a room several of use took over the babysitting dues to $100 other activities and then we prayed for no rain anytime soon. All were enamored in that small pieces of grain and how much they were wanting to sing. Jesus and the disciples just needed something to eat. Many transfers happen in this world and I don’t pretend to know what they are all about. What if, the psalmist told us the 12 had to continue on the spot. No food for them!!!

No, what if this message is about being hungry for the Gospel message. We are all called to be in a relationship with God and others around us. All too often people spend their time looking for meaning, fulfillment, and joy. Every time we come before God, we prepare ourselves a little more so we might be ready to for the return.

We wait for the Lord. As we wait, may we all study, and pray that when He arrives, we might find we are at least somewhat hungry for the Word of God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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