If You Are Hungry, Eat Something

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2


23 Jesus went through the wheat fields on the Sabbath. As the disciples made their way, they were picking the heads of wheat. 24 The Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look! Why are they breaking the Sabbath law?”

25 He said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what David did when he was in need, when he and those with him were hungry? 26  During the time when Abiathar was high priest, David went into God’s house and ate the bread of the presence, which only the priests were allowed to eat. He also gave bread to those who were with him.” 27 Then he said, “The Sabbath was created for humans; humans weren’t created for the Sabbath. 28  This is why the Human One is Lord even over the Sabbath” (Mark 2:23-28, Common English Bible).

I ran across something a little while ago that said, If you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, you aren’t hungry. I don’t think that is true. There are even some people to whom I would say, “No, you don’t need an apple” for various reasons. There are people with allergies to apples. There are also people who just plain don’t like eating apples. I fall into that category. Ever since I had my upper front two teeth removed, I don’t like to eat an apple or corn on the cob. There is nothing with either of the two. But, since my two upper front teel were knocked out when I was a senior in high school and had crowns put it, eating them hasn’t been comfortable. When those two crowns were removed late last year as well as three bottom teeth the crown had worn to nothing, I have had to start wearing partials. They are always coming loose when I bite down on something hard. They are not fun to wear.

In today’s lesson, the Pharisees are chewing on Jesus, up one side and down the other. Why? The disciples, on the Sabbath, working wasn’t allowed and gathering food could prove problematic.

The disciples were hungry so, they pulled off the heads of the wheat and ate them. That set the Pharisees off. There wasn’t a law against it, dad would have been like, help yourself to what is in there. He would probably question the Pharisees before they really made a scene.

But, the thought occurred to me, sometimes we hunger for what is not food. Instead, we had them sitting in a room several of use took over the babysitting dues to $100 other activities and then we prayed for no rain anytime soon. All were enamored in that small pieces of grain and how much they were wanting to sing. Jesus and the disciples just needed something to eat. Many transfers happen in this world and I don’t pretend to know what they are all about. What if, the psalmist told us the 12 had to continue on the spot. No food for them!!!

No, what if this message is about being hungry for the Gospel message. We are all called to be in a relationship with God and others around us. All too often people spend their time looking for meaning, fulfillment, and joy. Every time we come before God, we prepare ourselves a little more so we might be ready to for the return.

We wait for the Lord. As we wait, may we all study, and pray that when He arrives, we might find we are at least somewhat hungry for the Word of God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved




Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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