Last week's, also delayed because of internet troubles.
Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
Jesus addresses worry and anxiety about daily necessities by urging us to remember our Father's care of His creation. Consider the birds, Jesus commands. Look at them. Think about them. Notice that they find sufficient food without going through the process of bread-making.
Jesus tells us to consider the birds. We could also say, consider the gospel. Look at what our Father has done for us. We are children of Adam, who tasted from the tree of knowledge and was cut off from the tree of life. We are children of our forefathers in Israel, who grumbled about the manna and whom the Lord choked with quails in the wilderness. We have made a wasteland of the world because of our sin.
And yet, we have a Father who drops bread from heaven in the desert. We have a Father who has sent His Son to be our bread. He is the bread from heaven, and gives His blood for wine. We have a Father who spreads a table in front of us every week, and in giving us this bread and wine He commits Himself to be our God and to provide everything we need.
So, do not worry. "Do not say, What will we eat? or What will we drink? or What will we wear for clothing?" You are like grass, which flourishes today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire; yet the Father has clothed you for a feast. And He has provided the meal. He's given His son as the bread. He pours out the wine. Look at this table, and remember how much you are worth to your heavenly Father. You are worth His Son.
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 08:33 AM
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