Sermon notes for the eleventh Sunday after Trinity
Yr B 2018
Food and Life
House prices continue to say in Dunedin . . . a good sign? A healthy Economy?
Economy – a word the meaning of which has so changed that we might ask if it has completely reversed.
The health of the economy . . .
The Economic Trinity?? GDP?? No
Economy – Oikos-nomos – the law of the household – how we live together
(Econ Trin – the inner life of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit)
Rising house prices a sign that how we live together is improving ???
We’ll return to this idea again and again in the coming weeks as we listen to John 6 – Jesus feeds the 5000 and what this means
What is it to live together??
Scripture is like a bicycle wheel – all the spokes necessary for it to hold together – all pointing towards the hub – God – manifested in Jesus Christ, the Anointed One . . .
So this event, this feeding has so very very many echoes in Scripture, for here we are so close to the hub of it all
Jesus comes up on the mountain – God’s people come to the mount of the LORD – as they had come before at Sinai
So the people of God met with the LORD in Sinai – following the first passover – and there’s an incident which man of us may not be aware of – Gen 24 ‘Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was something like a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. God did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; also they beheld God, and they ate and drank.
they ate and drank with God on the mountain . . .
But the OT is but a shadow of the new – for at Sinai it was just the elders – Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him – not just the leaders, not just the elite – now the people are coming up the mountain
This is the Salvation of God! being enacted – Salvation – Life!
And at the heart of that Salvation – at the heart of Life is food
Another word distorted – Company.
Economy – about how we live together becomes about Work and money, so to Company
What is Company??? Latin- Com Panis – Together with Bread
When you share bread together – when we sit together at table – we share Life . . .
Note last week – I spoke of how we oriented ourselves to the Sun, to Life
It is the Same with Food – it give us Life and it points us to Life
Something happens when we face the Light of Life
Something happens when we share food
One of the prime house price drivers in Western countries is simply this – more and more people live alone . . . our relationship with food is distorted in so many ways, but perhaps no more than the fact that we eat for fuel, often alone – when Food is for our shared existence – for it is Life Shared!!
Food is Life Shared
Most especially when it is the life of another . . . So the lamb of God comes up on the mountain
And we are back in other scriptures as Abraham had come up onto the mountain of Moriah
Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’
Behold the Lamb of God – upon the mountain . . .
Jesus takes the bread – blesses and breaks it, and it never runs out. Indeed it overflows! We come to this table – we sit and eat with God – and the overflow, the twelve baskets full, enough for each of the disciples, flows on out into the world
All things come from God – he invites us to His table to share in life with him – this is God’s Economy – Keeping Company with God