The Lord’s Supper: It’s Old Testament Background

Posted by on Aug 8, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Today, we begin our study of the Lord’s Supper.

Out of all the doctrines and practices of Christ’s Church since the time of the Reformation this particular one has used up the most ink! Page after page, and book after book, have been written setting forth the Bible’s teaching on the Lord’s Supper–that it is an on-going memorial feast whereby Christ is spiritually present in the hearts of all who trust in Him.

It is always helpful, of course, to understand where these beliefs and practices come from, and so let us look to the Old Testament to find the theological and historical background of the Lord’s Supper (cf. Lev. 23: 4-8; Num. 28:16-25; Deut. 16:1-8).

What we find is that the Lord instituted this sacrament in the midst of extreme difficulty. The Egyptians had steadily increased their oppressive demands upon the nation of Israel. It got to the breaking point so that Israel urgently cried out to the Lord o be delivered. The Lord heard their cry, and sent for an unlikely deliverer–Moses. He was the right man for the job!