Friday, March 16, 2007

A Day of Fasting and Feasting, Part 3, Mark 2:20

The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
Mark 2:20 ESV
We live in a wonderful day where we look back on the coming of our messiah and trust in the work he accomplished. We can rejoice and celebrate and feast because he has purchased our souls from hell, poured out his Holy Spirit upon us, and given us his word that he is with us. But yet, he has been taken away from us. He does not walk among us like he once did. We long to be done with this world which is passing away and with the Lord.

Therefore, we are in a day where fasting and praying for the coming of our messiah is necessary again. And like Daniel and John’s disciples, we know the pattern for responding to the promises of God. When he promises that he will send his Son a second time, we humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God and plead with him to fulfill his promise in our day.

But we also fast in order to ask God to work in us and through us:
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 13:2-3 ESV
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Acts 14:23 ESV
So how should we fast?
“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:16-18 ESV
Whether you eat or drink or fast, do all to the glory of God.

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