This week's readings highlight the ways in which God faithfully provides for his people, and specifically his provision for us as the Church, a corporate body of believers. In our Old Testament reading, we read the concise history of the people of Israel's failures to heed God's ways, even though "The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place." Eventually God's judgment came, and finally God's plan of redemption and restoration for them was enacted through Cyrus of Persia. In the Gospel reading, we see a representative "people of Israel," the "large crowd" that are fed with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Just as in the Old Testament, God had compassion on his people, and provided for their needs. Just after this in John is when Jesus explains that "the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:54) God's story is always about how he faithfully provides for his people, culminating in the giving of his very self. God gave us nothing less than the fullness of the divine life when Jesus offered his body on the Cross. Let us sing and reflect this Sunday on the great miracle of our self-giving God.
A newer song we'll sing this week is "How Great is Your Faithfulness" by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman. Listen to a version here:
We'll also sing a song we learned two weeks ago, "Father, Open Our Eyes" by Jamie Brown:
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!