COME TO THE TABLE John Mark Hicks

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  This is a working list of links to reviews of John Mark Hicks teachings. He gives himself the right to change the "reading" and use theology over the text. That makes it easy and "scholarly" to look at the TEXT as something to be PREACHED by being READ in the assembly and not something God provided as fodder for "doctors of the Law" to take away the key to knowledge.  I will organize this list in time..

While making a living from the Churches of Christ John Mark Hicks repudiates just about everything Biblically or historically taught and observed.  Can you have all of the advanced degrees offered by those who market theology and still not be able to read BLACK text on BROWN paper? Certainly
Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God,
        I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
Luke 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets,
        which was shed from the foundation of the world,
        may be required of this generation;
Luke 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias,
        which perished between the altar and the temple:
        verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers!
        for ye have taken away the key of knowledge:
        ye entered not in yourselves,
        and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Luke 11:52NET Woe to you experts in religious law! You have taken away the key to knowledge! You did not go in yourselves, and you hindered164 those who were going in.”
Luke 11:53 And as he said these things unto them,
        the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently,
        and to provoke him to speak of many things:
Luke 11:54 Laying wait for him,
        and seeking to catch something out of his mouth,
        that they might accuse him.
The Spirit OF Christ speaks only through the Prophets and Apostles; A Church of christ is built upon or educated by the Prophets and Apostles. Christ in Ezekiel identified the Doctors of the Law as preachers speaking on their own, beautiful singers and talented instrument players.  Christ used this a s MARK of "Nothing at all, just nothing at all." God HIDES from the wise or SOPHISTS: Sophists deny truth and are waged as theologians repudiating the PRIMITIVE churches of Christ who try to "speak that which is written for our learning." Therefore, John Mark Hicks speaks beyond the primitive text and follows "theology" to redefine all of the historic records.

Paul and all of the Greek and Latin Text defines religious musical performers as gender-compromised and performing witchcraft or Sorcery.  See Galatians 5 and Musical Sorcery
   The Patternist for instrumental music use Miriam and the Jacob-cursed and God abandoned Levites who prophesied with instruments whether burning goats or infants.  Soothsaying is used in the texts as sorcery: John called the singers, instrument players and craftsmen SORCERERS in Revelation 18.  John said that they will be Cast Alive into the Lake of Fire repeating the Spirit OF Christ in Isaiah 30 saying that the IDENTIFYING MARKS in sight and sound of God beating His enemies into "hell" with wind, string and percussion instruments. These are the same instruments Lucifer the singing and harp-playing prostitute brought with him-her-it into the garden of Eden according to Christ.

John Mark Hicks and several doctors of the Law ignore the TEXT and use theology and culture to demand that Paul AUTHORIZED women to "pray and prophesy" in the assembly whereas the TEXT and recorded history refuses to "tamper with the Word." Those who tamper are sent strong delusions where lying wonders are Religious services turn to all of the performing arts especially using young men and women to sing, clap and gyrate.  If you cannot define Qahal, ekklesia, synagogue or Church of Christ from the wilderness onward; and if you think that worship is giving heed to theatrical and rhetorical performers, then Peter warns about strong delusions.
The REASON for silencing the women and effeminate (Emasculated concision in Galatians 5) males is so that everyone can COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.  Assuredly no performing woman encouraged to make a spectacle of herself is going to be a PROPHET.
Kingdom Come, Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding  

Gardner Hall:  The authors eloquently use Harding and Lipscomb’s writings to plead for separation from the world. However, they have allowed the feminist movement of the world to pressure them into a distorted interpretation of texts such as 1 Timothy 2:11,12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34,35 so that they can promote women in the pulpit.

Hicks and Valentine disassociate themselves from what they called the "ecclesial hermeneutic (‘command, example and inference’)" of Harding and Lipscomb and their participation in the battles with the Disciples of Christ denomination over instrumental music and the missionary societies. They obviously don’t see that such common-sense Biblical interpretation and the battles with those who were losing confidence in restoration, were integral parts of their other-worldliness. 

Inevitably, there must be separations between those who cling to primitivist principles and those that reject them. Division, though it must be avoided until there is no other recourse, is sometimes necessary (1 Cor. 11:19).  

The word "primitive" implies a society that lacks cultural, technological or economic sophistication.  Maybe hunter-gatherers or those who practice animism. We might respond that when the Israelites rose up in INSTRUMENTAL IDOLATRY at Mount Sinai they used Apis the golden calf representing the includes views of a trinity of Gods.  Paul in 1 Corinthians 10 calls it DEMON worship.  John Mark Hicks speaks to such PRIMITIVE worship in

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Come To the Table, John Mark Hicks: the re-imaging of the Lord's Supper as a SACRIFICE made to God where we share the TABLE with God who eats with us came out of John Mark's and Rubel Shelly's NEW GLASSES. 

John Mark Hicks now "idolaizes" the godhead as three men sitting at a table and who can communicate, eat and do the dance which defines David's dirty dance pretending that he was worshiping God but had been abandoned to worship the starry host.

http://www.piney.com/John.Mark.Hicks.Our.Triune.God-The.Wonder.of.the.Story.html

John Mark Hicks on Amos 5 failed to mention the Wine (piped down with the flute or drunk on passion), Women and Instrumental Performance. Their worship in the Holy Place perverted their lives in the Market Place." In Amos they had been abandoned to worship the starry host at Mount Sinai, did not repent but restored that system as a separated nation.

John Mark Hicks Women in the Assembly.  Hicks does "theology" on one verse and concludes that everyone BEFORE ME failed to grasp that Paul insisted that women had the authority to pray (hymn) and prophesy in the assembly.

Woodmont to practice the Jewish Passover by paying a rabbi to repudiate the fact that Jesus is OUR Passover.
 
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Collection of proof of the relationship to the ONE GOD the Father in Heaven and Jesus of Nazareth whom God made to be both Lord and Christ.  John identifies this two fold fact and defines as antichrist those who deny it. 
A Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter  by John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton and Bobby Valentine.  These people really lust to drag you back under the sacrificial system which was the worship of the starry host to which God abandoned them because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.  

Trinity as “Necessary” Fact in Alexander Campbell’s “Christian System of Facts"John Mark Hicks at Rochester Accuses Alexander Campbell of defending Trinitarianism as the only option for opposing Barton W. Stone's view of the nature of Jesus of Nazareth.  That leap is reinforced by partial quotes to make Campbell a "Trinitarian" if partially in the closet.

Kingdom Come, Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding  
Hicks and Valentine disassociate themselves from what they called the "ecclesial hermeneutic (‘command, example and inference’)" of Harding and Lipscomb and their participation in the battles with the Disciples of Christ denomination over instrumental music and the missionary societies. They obviously don’t see that such common-sense Biblical interpretation and the battles with those who were losing confidence in restoration, were integral parts of their other-worldliness. 

Inevitably, there must be separations between those who cling to primitivist principles and those that reject them. 
Division, though it must be avoided until there is no other recourse, is sometimes necessary (1 Cor. 11:19).

What became The Church of Christ was never "unioned" with the Disciples of Christ-Christian Churches.  The battle was to prevent the Disciples from imposing instruments into Churches of Christ and sowing massive discord within the Disciples of Christ.  To permit 'infiltrating and diverting' as Hicks does at LU would have to DENY that the Bible had any connection with the new institutions.  Indeed, one would have to say that repudiating any of the hypocritic arts and crafts from Genesis to Revelation was just a big fat lie.

The Spirit OF Christ throughout the Prophets and Apostles defends God's right to command, example or even infer for anyone not given to childhood rebellion.  All church fathers and founders of denominations define a Church as Apostolic meaning built upon the apostolic teachings.  Therefore, Hicks and Valentine have a new hermeneutic (named after Hermes that musical liar) so cock sure that they are TASKED to deliberately sow discord among those who still READ and understand the ONLY document the masses are willing to trust.

After Israel fell into musical idolatry of the Egyptian trinity at Mount Sinai, God turned them over to worship the starry host and gave The Book of The Law. He ordained the qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or Church of Christ in the wilderness. It had a ONE PIECE PATTERN: They were to REST on the Sabbath (rest) day but commanded to READ and REHEARSE any information from God through Moses to the sub-elders over groups of families as small as 10. Work outlawed "sending out ministers of God" and "Qharantined" the people so they could not travel to the Pagan (Jewis) sacrificial system which God DID NOT command but imposed.

Jesus endorsed the synagogue and over and over the epistles SHUT DOWN what Jesus identified as hypocrites  named by Exekiel 33 as self-speakers, singers and instrument players. Everyone was Bible Literate (the only worship concept) because:
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
        hath in every city
        them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
Jesus exampled this and commanded it with the "ekkklesia" word. Paul's "coming together, gathering or assembling using a synagogue word."  Both Paul and Peter carefully outlaws all of the HYPOCRITIC or acting and commands "using one mind and one mouth to speak that which is written for our learning."

Peter  and Paul define the PROPHETS by the Spirit OF Christ and the prophecies made more certain Jesus who validated HIS interpretation by signs and miracles. Peter outlawed private interpretation or further expounding and identified as a FALSE TEACHER any elder (Pastor teacher) who did not teach that which has been taught.

The History of Commands, Examples and Inferences the pseudo-scholars always lie about.

A modern theology which does NOT speak the Words of God attempts to use parts of COMMANDS and EXAMPLES of the "worship of the starry host" to which God ABANDONED israel because they rejected GRACE and turned to musical idolatry of the trinity of "gods."  See how this fall from Grace is being promoted as a new VISION which is claimed to be through NEW SPECTACLES.
"Can we DO the Lord's Supper in Church."
THE NEW TRINITY:

There is no reason that a waged theologian should ever have read the prophets which are the Spiritual voice of the Prophets to the spiritual people. He does not grasp that Jacob cursed and God abandoned the tribe of Levi to "worship the starry host" (Missed Acts 7 too?).  They had been sentenced to beyond Babylon because of doing musical worship of the trinity on the day God said they could REST and not participate in the ALWAYS-PAGAN sacrificial system. It is indeed blasphemy to teach and promote a "god" Who can be appeased and FEASTS just like the theologian.

Christ said in Jeremiah 7 which defines THE LAW OF SILENCE meaning YOU cannot impose on ME.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;
       Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21 

21. Put ... burnt offerings unto ... sacrifices ... eat flesh--Add the former (which the law required to be wholly burnt) to the latter (which were burnt only in part), and "eat flesh" even off the holocausts or burnt offerings. As far as I am concerned, saith Jehovah, you may do with one and the other alike. I will have neither (Isa 1:11 Ho 8:13 Am 5:21,22).

For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded them
        in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
       concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22

Some people are so simple that they might say that WE can be rightous AND burn innocent animals without tainting either.  They say, "If we add instruments we are STILL singing."

But this thing commanded I them, saying,
       Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people:
       and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you,
       that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23

God hath not said, thou shalt not sing and play instruments and pretend that you are worshiping Me.

But they HEARKENED NOT, nor inclined their ear,
       but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,
       and went backward, and not forward. Jeremiah 7:24

John Mark Hicks calls Christ through Jeremiah a LIAR: that is blasphemy.
A. Come to the Table John Mark hicks

John Mark Hicks: Several features characterize the fellowship meals of Israel. First, it is a moment of communion between God and his people.

God eats with his people as the fat is burned to him.
God is present at this meal. It is eaten before the Lord
as if God sits at the table with the worshipper.

If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Psa 50:12
........... Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Psa 50:13

A different order of these sacrifices is observed in Lev. 7 from that in the previous chapters, but we have been unable to assign any significance whatever to this, or any reason for it. The peace-offering is the one oddly placed in Lev. 7Coffman

See Leviticus Chapter Seven

Lev 7:9 And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest's that offereth it.

Lev 7:10 And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another. 

B. Of course people who reject the CENI want to speak on their own: their religionism becomes more rigid and more legalistic and more paganistic by restoring the ALWAYS PAGAN TRIADS of "gods.."

Trinity as “Necessary” Fact in Alexander Campbell’s “Christian System of Facts" John Mark Hicls

C. Leonard Allen Trinitarian Theology and Spiritual Life   
C.  Gathered People: Revisioning the Assembly as Transforming Encounter  by John Mark Hicks, Johnny Melton and Bobby Valentine.  These people really lust to drag you back under the sacrificial system which was the worship of the starry host to which God abandoned them because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. LU is in big trouble. THE BOOK for your review. 

"The Hebrew, unlike other ancient peoples, never conceived of a union with the divine by eating the sacrificial victim.

He had another way of achieving fellowship with his God, that is, the way of hospitality. Here in the peace offering was a sharing of the sacrificial victim by the Lord, the priests and the offerer. It signified the existence of a right relation, peace between the participants or, if it had been ruptured, the restoration of the proper religio-family relationship." (Meyer, H.A.Wilhelm, Commentary on the New Testament, Gal. and Eph. p. 45)

See Leviticus Chapter Seven

Lev 7:9 And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest's that offereth it.

Lev 7:10 And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.

Coffman

The peace-offering was the only sacrifice in which the worshiper himself was privileged to eat the meat offered and to share it with his friends. "The peace-offering was the only one that laymen were allowed to eat."F1 From this, it has been supposed that upon occasions of peace-offerings many of the Israelites had a rare opportunity to eat meat. The peace-offerings were discussed in Lev. 3; the additional instruction here regards the particular type of peace-offering intended also as a thanksgiving-offering. Additional items are specified here as being necessary in those cases.

A different order of these sacrifices is observed in Lev. 7 from that in the previous chapters, but we have been unable to assign any significance whatever to this, or any reason for it. The peace-offering is the one oddly placed in Lev. 7.

The mention of thanksgiving-offering here reminds us that:

"The peace-offerings of Lev. 3:2-27 were further classified as: (1) thanksgiving (Leviticus 7:12-15); (2) votive (Leviticus 7:16-18); and (3) freewill. The difference between the first and the other two was in the times when they could be eaten."

You have to go back to Exodus to grasp that because of such worship as musical idolatry, God turned them over to worship the starry host: God sentenced them to be carried into captivity "beyond Babylon" and most would never return.  The Goyim or Gentile worship IMPOSED as a curse as the NATIONAL ritual was identical to that from which they had come.  This was CONTRARY to the synagogue or church in the wilderness which quarantined the people from the sacrifices. The peace offering is one version of a PERSONAL offering and only Aaron's sons could present it to "god" for his "pleasure."

THIS IS NOT A PATTERNISM FOR THE EKKLESIA WHICH IIS A SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE-ONLY

Lev. 3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd
        whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD.
Lev. 3:2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering,
        and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:
        and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.
Lev. 3:3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD;
        the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,
Lev. 3:4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks,
        and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

Lev. 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire:
        it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
H7381 ray'-akh From H7306 ; odor (as if blown):--savour, scent, smell.
ON THE CONTRARY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST WROTE THROUGH THE PROPHETS TO CONDEMN THE SACRIFICES AND SACCRIFICES.

Enuma Elisha

They robed him in robes of a king, the scepter and the throne they gave him, and matchless war-weapons as a shield against the adversary. 

'Be off. Slit life from Tiamat, and may the winds carry her blood to the world's secret ends.'
The
old gods had assigned to Bel what he would be and what he should do, always conquering, always succeeding;

THIS IS WHERE THEY ASSUMED THAT A SPIRIT GOD WOULD EAT WITH THEM EVEN IN "COMMUNION." From the Babylonian story of the flood:

I appointed a sacrifice on top of the mountain peak'
Seven by seven I arranged the sacrificial vessels;
Beneath them I piled reeds, cedar wood, and myrtle.
The
gods smelled the savor,
The
gods smelled the sweet savor.
The
gods above the sacrificer collected like flies.

When at length the queen of the gods drew near,
She raised the great
bows which An at her wish had made.
"O ye gods, as I shall not forget the jewel of my neck
These days I shall not forget--to eternity I shall remember!
Let the gods come to the SACRIFICE,

Neither the FAT nor the BLOOD were to be eaten

See an ancient Babylonian document.
See a summary of the Agape or love feast as a religious meal.
Why common food POLLUTES the Supper.

See how the Catholic Encyclopedia recognizes this as a Feast with the dead. See how this was condemned by Amos

Clement of Alexandria connects music, common food, silver urinals and golden receptacles for the ladies excrement--proof of terminal effeminacy. Is that why Jesus CAST OUT the musical minstrels LIKE DUNG?

See the Acts of Thomas who shows that you don't urinate and deficate when you FEED on the WORD.

Mandatory animal sacrifices were commanded ONLY after Israel lost THE BOOK OF THE COVENANT of Grace. When they were turned over to sacrifice ANIMALS instead of wanting to KILL THE GODS as in paganism, it was in the context that God had TURNED THEM OVER to worship the Starry Host. God notes that in the animal sacrifices they were NOT FOR ME. Rather, the offer the animal to Me but EAT the meat for themselves. This was the WORSHIP of the Goyiim including the Babylonians, Egyptians and Canaanites.

CLEMENT, LIKE ALL SCHOLARS, CONNECTED MUSIC TO DEMON WORSHIP.

"But when all these things were done, men turned again to impiety; [There is a similar chapter in Homily IX. 7, but in a discourse: on the following day.-R.] and on this account a law was given by God to instruct them in the manner of living.

But in process of time, the worship of God and righteousness were corrupted by the unbelieving and the wicked, as we shall show more fully by and by.

Moreover, perverse and erratic religions were introduced, to which the greater part of men gave themselves up,

by occasion of holidays and solemnities, instituting drinkings and banquets,
following
pipes, and flutes, and harps, and diverse kinds of musical instruments, and indulging themselves in all kinds of drunkenness and luxury.

Hence every kind of error took rise; hence they invented groves and altars, fillets and victims, and after drunkenness they were agitated as if with mad emotions.

By this means power was given to the demons to enter into minds of this sort, so that they seemed to lead insane dances and to rave like Bacchanalians; hence were invented the gnashing of teeth, and bellowing from the depth of their bowels; hence a terrible countenance and a fierce aspect in men, so that he whom drunkenness had subverted and a demon had instigated, was believed by the deceived and the erring to be filled with the Deity.

Chapter VII.-Sacrificial Orgies. After the Flood:

"But they did not cease to worship images, by reason of the evil intelligence of the magicians, who found excuses for them, which had power to constrain them to the foolish worship For, establishing this things by magical ceremonies, they assigned them feasts from sacrifices, libations, flutes, and shoutings,

by means ofj which senseless men, being deceived, and their kingdom being taken from them,

yet did not desist from the worship that they had taken up with.
To such an extent did they prefer error, on account of its pleasantness, before truth.

They also howl after their sacrificial surfeit, their soul from the depth, as it were by dreams, forewarning them of the punishment that is to befall such deeds of theirs.

Hitler has the same message: laughing at the fools who had lost their kingdom by getting caught up in a MASS meeting with Wagner as the Musical Worship Minister.

"But the community of the great demonstration not only strengthens the individual, it also unites and helps to create an esprit de corps. The man who is exposed to grave tribulations, as the first advocate of a new doctrine in his factory or workshop,

absolutely needs that strengthening which lies in the conviction of being a member and fighter in a great comprehensive body.

"And he obtains an impression of this body for the first time in the mass demonstration. When from his little workshop or big factory, in which he feels very small,

he steps for the first time into a mass meeting and has thousands and thousands of people of the same opinions around him, when, as a seeker, (Als Suchender.' A Wagnerian phrase, which Hitler was apparently determined to use at all costs)

he is swept away by three or four thousand others into the mighty effect of suggestive intoxication and enthusiasm,

when the visible success and agreement of thousands confirm to him the rightness of the new doctrine and for the first time arouse doubt in the truth of his previous conviction -

then he himself has succumbed to the magic influence of what we designate as 'mass suggestion.'

The will, the longing, and also the power of thousands are accumulated in every individual. The man who enters such a meeting doubting and wavering leaves it inwardly reinforced: he has become a link in the community.

The National Socialist movement must never forget this and in particular

it must never let itself be influenced by those bourgeois simpletons who know everything better,

but who nevertheless have gambled away a great state including their own existence and the rule of their class.

Eating and Drinking in an unworthy manner is to eat the LORD'S supper as a common meal. Click to see added notes below.

Rubel Shelly thinks that Jesus would join our FEAST of Barbecue and one church actually ate the Lord's Supper with Pork Barbecue still in their teeth.

Our first observation is that you don't ever have to have read the Bible to be a Professor or Doctor of the Law.

John 6: Waddey comments about John 6: Mark Hicks and his new book:

Dr. John Mark Hicks is professor of theology at David Lipscomb University. His Ph.D. is from Westminster Theological Seminary. In this book, he has given us the latest chapter in the ever- evolving "change" theology that has captivated many of our young intellectuals. The book is the result of his "revisioning" the Lord's Supper. His thesis is, "Their supper (that of the early church) was home-based, a full meal with food and drink, and interactive fellowship at a table and characterized by joyous celebration" (p. 9). To put the book in proper context, readers should note that Dr. Hicks was active in a

"Community Church" experiment while living in Memphis.
Currently he is closely associated with
Dr. Rubel Shelly and the Woodmont Hills Family of God in Nashville.

That church served as his laboratory for testing his new concept of communion. When one has read this book he may well agree that Dr. Hicks and those of his kindred in the "change brotherhood" are much like the ancient Athenians. They "spend their time in nothing else, but either to tell or to hear some new thing" (Acts 17:21).

In general, the book is reflective of Hick's training and station as a theologian. In terms of readability and comprehension, this means that the average disciple, not trained in theological jargon, will not fathom a good 80 percent of what he says. The author is also a university professor. Readers will find his method and style dull and repetitious. For slow readers, or those loathe to read such materials, they can read his concluding chapter wherein he summarizes his twelve points for revisioning the Lord's Supper.

I bought the book just to see how the NEW VISION for DOING the Lord's Supper would FILTER through Rubel Shelly's NEW GLASSES. We made some prophecies about the book because the RE-IMAGINGING speaks the language of the Lesbian and Feminists Methodist's Re-Visioning. The new vision is identical to the Gnosticism of Sophia and Zoe.

The Meaning of the Fellowship Meal [p.46]

John Mark Hicks: Several features characterize the fellowship meals of Israel. First, it is a moment of communion between God and his people.

God eats with his people as the fat is burned to him.
God is present at this meal. It is eaten before the Lord
as if God sits at the table with the worshipper.
Thus, worshippers eat with assurance, thanksgiving and confidence as they experience communion with God in this meal. God comes to the table with his people as he calls them to a table to
experience his communion.

It is a fact that Jesus fired the Doctors of the Law: they were so BLIND that they thought that the SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM would continue. Therefore, John 6: Hicks is consistent with the REST OF THE BAND in attempting to make EVERYTHING CHRISTIAN into everything PRE-CHRISTIAN.

We have seen that the only commandment of the Lord through Gad, the king's seer, was for the burnt animal sacrifices.

GOD DID NOT COMMAND SUCH OFFERINGS UNTIL AFTER ISRAEL'S FATAL SIN.

Therefore, God did not command instrumental music as the CIVIL part of animal sacrifices.

The Book of the Covenant intended that voluntary offerings be on EARTH altars. Or IF on stone that they be UNCUT. Israel repudiated that.

And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord,
........ and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking,
........ but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Jeremiah 7:13

Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust,
........ and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. Jeremiah 7:14

And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. Jeremiah 7:15

Therefore pray not thou for this people,
........ neither lift up cry nor prayer for them,
........ neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee. Jeremiah 7:16

Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? Jeremiah 7:17

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Jeremiah 7:18

Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? Jeremiah 7:19

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21

21. Put ... burnt offerings unto ... sacrifices ... eat flesh--Add the former (which the law required to be wholly burnt) to the latter (which were burnt only in part), and "eat flesh" even off the holocausts or burnt offerings. As far as I am concerned, saith Jehovah, you may do with one and the other alike. I will have neither (Isa 1:11 Ho 8:13 Am 5:21,22). JFB

For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22

But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7:23

GOD DID NOT PERMIT THE TEMPLE UNTIL DAVID'S FATAL ERROR. After this, God condensended to David and permitted him an ALTERNATIVE ALTAR at Jerusalem--called Sodom by John--which was a Jebusite High place.

Therefore, God did not command instrumental music as any part of spiritual worship.

Chrysostom notes that:

Not a word of Temple, and the place is holy through the appearance and operation of Christ.

Far more wonderful this than the place which is in the Holy of Holies: for there God is nowhere said to have appeared in this manner, nor Moses to have thus trembled. And then the greatness of His tender care.

"I have seen, I have seen the affliction of My people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt." (v. 34.) See, how he shows, that both by kindnesses, and by chastisements, and by miracles, God was drawing them to Him: but they were still the same. That God is everywhere present, they learned.

This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me" (v. 36, 37): set at naught like me. Him, likewise, Herod wished to kill, and in Egypt He found preservation just as it was with the former, even when He was a babe, He was aimed at for destruction.

"This is he, that was in the Church in the wilderness with the Angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us." (v. 38.)

Again no mention of temple, none of sacrifice.

"With the Angel," it says, "he received the lively oracles to give unto the fathers." It shows, that he not only wrought miracles, but also gave a law, as Christ did. Just as Christ first works miracles, and then legislates: so did Moses. But they did not hear him, keeping their disobedience, even after the miracles: "To whom," he says, "our fathers would not obey:" (v. 39) after the wonders done in those forty years. And not only so, but just the contrary: "but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt.

Editor's Note 7: dia gar touto epishmainetai. The meaning is: Stephen was accused of speaking against "the customs,"-sacrifices, temple, feasts, etc. Therefore he significantly points to that critical conjuncture. from which these "customs" date their introduction:

namely, the Provocation at Horeb.
Prior to that, he tells of "living oracles," life-giving precepts:
after it, and as its consequence, sacrifices, etc.,

those statutes which were not good, and ordinances by which a man shall not live, as God says by Ezekiel.

Not a word of sacrifice till then: and the first mention is, of the sacrifices offered to the calf. In like manner, "they rejoiced," "the people ate and drank, and rose up to play:" and in consequence of this, the feasts were prescribed: kai eufrainonto, fhsin: dia touto kai eortai.-'Epishmainetai might be rendered, "he marks," "puts a mark upon it" (so the innovator, who substitutes, touto kai Dauid epishmainomenoj legei): we take it passively, "there is a mark set over it-it is emphatically denoted." In the active, the verb taken intransitively means
........... "to betoken or announce itself," "make its first appearance."-

I don't know where John 6: got the VISIONARY REVELATION that Paul compared the Lord's Supper to the SACRIFICIAL festivals of Judaism. These sacrifices were based on their LOSTNESS having repudiated God and been turned over to a NATIONAL festival. However, the FAT was for the Levitical priests. As Bruce White Judaizes with the PRIESTS demanding TITHES most of the TROUBLERS attempt to define their PATTERNISM by repudiating the sacrifice of Christ:

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Ro.14:17

The VISION of the Lord's Supper as feeding God denies the fact that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ has ended all sacrifices and symbols. The praise or fruit of the lips has REPLACED literal sacrificial meals.

THE ORIGIN IN BABYLON: NOT IN THE BIBLE

The idea of FEEDING, clothing, housing, singing to and having sex with him/her is raw end-time Babylon Harlot Worship. Because of ISRAEL'S "sitting DOWN to eat and RISING UP TO PLAY in musical idolatry, God TURNED them over to worship the pagan "gods." Therefore, the FIRST attempt to share their TABLE with their god had them SHARING FOOD WITH DEMONS.

"On the assumption that he is to be identified with the Philistine god, Lagrange thinks the idea is derived from the special prerogative of Beelzebub as fly-chaser (chasse-mouche). In the Babylonian epic of the deluge, "the gods gather over the sacrificer like flies" (see Driver, Genesis, 105). It was easy for the heathen Semites, according to Lagrange, to come to conceive of the flies troubling the sacrifice as images of spirits hovering around with no right to be there; and so Beelzebub, the god who drove away the flies, became the prince of demons in whose name the devils were exorcised from the bodies of the possessed. Catholic Encyclopedia

THIS IS WHERE THEY ASSUMED THAT A SPIRIT GOD WOULD EAT WITH THEM EVEN IN "COMMUNION." From the Babylonian story of the flood:

I appointed a sacrifice on top of the mountain peak'
Seven by seven I arranged the sacrificial vessels;
Beneath them I piled reeds, cedar wood, and myrtle.
The
gods smelled the savor,
The
gods smelled the sweet savor.
The
gods above the sacrificer collected like flies.

When at length the queen of the gods drew near,
She raised the great
bows which An at her wish had made.
"O ye gods, as I shall not forget the jewel of my neck
These days I shall not forget--to eternity I shall remember!
Let the gods come to the SACRIFICE,

THE LORD'S SUPPER IS BREAD AND THE FRUIT OF THE VINE

The "gods" but not GOD eats and drinks flesh and blood. However, Jesus said:

Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. John 6: 6:26
........... Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,
........... which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. John 6: 6:27

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? John 6: 28
........... Jesus answered and said unto them,
........... This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6: 29

They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? John 6: 30
........... Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. John 6: 31

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. John 6: 32
........... For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven and giveth life unto the world. John 6: 33

Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. John 6: 34

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6: 35

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? John 6:62

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

SITTING DOWN TO EAT AND RISING UP TO PLAY.

John Mark Hicks: "a time for sharing, prayer and conversation about what God has done for us... (p. 188).

Earlier he calls it a "Jubilee festival" (p. 63).
He would have it observed with "
resounding jubilation or enthusiastic outbursts" (p. 97).

MESOPOTAMIAN CULT

In the cultic practices, humans fulfilled their destiny: to take care of the gods' material needs. They therefore provided the gods with houses (the temples) that were richly supplied with lands, which people cultivated for them. In the temple the god was present in--but not bounded by--a statue made of precious wood overlaid with gold. For this statue the temple kitchen staff prepared daily meals from produce grown or raised on the temple's fields, in its orchards, in its sheepfolds, cattle pens, and game preserves, brought in by its fishermen, or delivered by farmers owing it as a temple tax. The statue was also clad in costly raiment, bathed, and escorted to bed in the bedchamber of the god, often on top of the temple tower, or ziggurat.

To see to all of this the god had priests trained as cooks, bakers, waiters, and bathers, or as encomiasts (singers of praise) and musicians

to make the god's meals festive, or as elegists to soothe him in times of stress and grief. Diversions from the daily routine were the great monthly festivals and also a number of special occasions.

Ephraim Syrus On Our Lord notes that Sinai was a test. The Israelites were consummate idolaters in Egypt. However, God gave them one more shot at the Abrahamic Covenant. By removing Moses as a visible "authority figure" He wanted to let them answer their own prayer:

"The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous, is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).

18. But when their heathenism from being inward became open, then Moses also from being hidden openly appeared; that he might openly punish those whose heathenism had revelled beneath the holy cloud which had overshadowed them.

But God removed the Shepherd of the flock from it for forty days, that the flock might show that its trust was fixed upon the calf.

And he was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. Mark 1:13

While God was feeding the flock with all delights, it chose for itself as its Shepherd the calf, which was not able even to eat.

Moses who kept them in awe was removed from them, that the idolatry might cry aloud in their mouths,
which the restraint of Moses had kept down in their hearts. For they cried: Make us gods, to go before us.

19. But when Moses came down, he saw their heathenism revelling in the wide plain with drums and cymbals.

Speedily, he put their madness to shame by means of the Levites and drawn swords.

So likewise here, our Lord concealed His knowledge for a little when the sinful woman approached Him, that the Pharisee might form into shape his thought, as his fathers had shaped the pernicious calf.

The History of Heredotus, Chapter Three reads:

About the time when Cambyses arrived at Memphis, Apis appeared to the Egyptians. Now Apis is the god whom the Greeks call Epaphus. As soon as he appeared, straightway all the Egyptians arrayed themselves in their gayest garments, and fell to feasting and jollity: which when Cambyses saw, making sure that these rejoicings were on account of his own ill success, he called before him the officers who had charge of Memphis, and demanded of them-

"Why, when he was in Memphis before, the Egyptians had done nothing of this kind, but waited until now, when he had returned with the loss of so many of his troops?" The officers made answer,

"That one of their gods had appeared to them, a god who at long intervals of time had been accustomed to show himself in Egypt-
and that always on his appearance the whole of Egypt feasted and kept jubilee."

When Cambyses heard this, he told them that they lied, and as liars he condemned them all to suffer death

When they were dead, he called the priests to his presence, and questioning them received the same answer; whereupon he observed, "That he would soon know whether a tame god had really come to dwell in Egypt"- and straightway, without another word, he bade them bring Apis to him. So they went out from his presence to fetch the god.

Now this Apis, or Epaphus, is the calf of a cow which is never afterwards able to bear young.
The Egyptians say that
fire comes down from heaven upon the cow, which thereupon conceives Apis.

The calf which is so called has the following marks:- He is black, with a square spot of white upon his forehead, and on his back the figure of an eagle; the hairs in his tail are double, and there is a beetle upon his tongue.

And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked. Psa 106:18

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. Psa 106:19

Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. Psa 106:20

When the priests returned bringing Apis with them, Cambyses, like the harebrained person that he was, drew his dagger, and aimed at the belly of the animal, but missed his mark, and stabbed him in the thigh. Then he laughed, and said thus to the priests:- "Oh! blockheads, and think ye that gods become like this, of flesh and blood, and sensible to steel?

A fit god indeed for Egyptians, such an one!
But it shall cost you dear that you have made me your
laughing-stock."

[Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. Exodus 32:25]

When he had so spoken, he ordered those whose business it was to scourge the priests, and if they found any of the Egyptians keeping festival to put them to death. Thus was the feast stopped throughout the land of Egypt, and the priests suffered punishment. Apis, wounded in the thigh, lay some time pining in the temple; at last he died of his wound, and the priests buried him secretly without the knowledge of Cambyses.

Based upon the meaning of the word "play" and other examples, their mocking always included musical instruments. In their minds they could honor another god with music only by mocking or insulting the True God Who did not respond to their immediate wants. The musical mocking which caused Israel to fail as they worshiped Apis who was merged with Osiris and is explained in ancient literature. This clearly involved musical instruments.

One model of the Egyptian "play" --The frescoes of Herculaneum illustrate a religious play in the cult of Isis. In front of the temple portal stands a priest who holds the sacred urn in his covered hands. At his right is a figure, probably a priestess. With her right hand she shakes a sistrum, or rattle.. The sacrifice is accompanied by a flutest and to the right and left of the steps to the temple the worshipers of Isis are seen. Some rattle the sistra and others raise their right hands.

A black man is leading the action with the staff in his right hand..
In another fresco a black man is
dancing in front of the temple and there is a smaller woman striking the cymbles.
Another
black priest of Isis shakes a sistrum and a woman is playing the tambourine.

A circle is made of the worshipers. The dancing black man probably represents Osiris. "Whatever the case may be, this scene concerns the mysteries of Isis, in which music played an important role. (Quasten, Johannes, Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 41`)

As for burning the FAT to feed God:

As a result of the MUSICAL IDOLATRY at Mount Sinai God turned the nation over to worship the STARRY HOST (Stephen, Acts 7, etc.)

And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it. Lev 8:15

And he took all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and Moses burned it upon the altar. Lev 8:16

But the bullock, and his hide, his flesh, and his dung, he burnt with fire without the camp; as the Lord commanded Moses. Lev 8:17

NEITHER THIS OR ANY OTHER RITUAL OF THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM WAS A CONGREGATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

This was a sweet SAVOR and not FOOD for the gods. If flesh was good then INCENSE was better:

AND Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. Le.10:1

Because of this the Scape Goat to Azazel or Satan was added because of this transgression.

DURING THE PERIOD OF THE JUDGES.

Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord. 1 Sam 2:12

And the priests custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priests servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand; 1 Sam 2: 13

It was their regular practice to send out a servant whenever anyone was offering a sacrifice, and while the flesh of the sacrificed animal was boiling, the servant would put a three-pronged flesh hook into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli's sons. They treated all of the Israelites in this way when they came to Shiloh to worship. 1 Sam 2:13-14LIV

And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. 1 Sam 2: 14

Also before they burnt the fat, the priests servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. 1 Sam 2: 15

And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him,
........... Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force. 1 Sam 2: 16

Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord. 1 Sam 2: 17

GOD IS PURE OR HOLY SPIRIT: God does not EAT and DRINK as in the THREE separated Family of God defined as "persons."

Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. Psa 50:7
........... I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. Psa 50:8

I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. Psa 50:9
........... For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. Psa 50:10
........... ........... I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. Psa 50:11

If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Psa 50:12
........... Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Psa 50:13

The answer is NO! This would deny the very Spirit nature of God and make him one of the jubilators:
........... Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: Psa 50:14
........... And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psa 50:15

THE PATTERNISM OF EATING AND DRINKING WITH THE GODS.

"we recognize the same elements: the sacrifices and libation, the cultic feast in which the congregation gets a share of food and drink after it has been blessed by the king, and the merry-making, now in the form of instrumental and vocal music. But the central act of the ritual, which was performed by the king, is called literally 'drinking' the god (Gurney, O. R. Some Aspects of Hittite Religion, p. 33-34, Oxford University Press, 1977)

EUCHARIST OR TRANSUBSTANTIATION OF FLESH AND BLOOD

John Mark Hicks: The Lord's supper is a moment of gratitude. Thus, the church has historically called it a "Eucharist" from the Greek word which means "thanksgiving." But if it shares in the meaning of the thanksgiving meals of Israel, the Lord's supper needs to be revisioned along the lines of the those meals.

Eucharist eucharis icon , i, n., = eucharistikon, thanksgiving, Tert. Praescr. Haeret. 47; the name of a poem of thanks addressed by Statius to the Emperor Domitian, Stat. S. 4, 2

Britannica: According to the EUCHARISTIC doctrine of Roman Catholicism, the elements of bread and wine are "TRANSUBSTANTIATED" into the BODY and BLOOD of Christ; i.e., their whole substance is converted into the whole substance of the body and blood, although the outward appearances of the elements, their "ACCIDENTS," remain.

"Such practices as the ADORATION and reservation of the HOST follow from this doctrine that the whole Christ is really present in his body and blood in the forms of bread and wine. During the 19th and 20th centuries the Roman Catholic Liturgical Movement put new emphasis on the frequency of communion, on the participation of the entire congregation in the priestly service, and on the Real Presence of Christ in the church as the fundamental presupposition for the Real Presence in the Eucharist.

"In Reformed Christianity, Huldrych Zwingli emphasized the memorial aspect of the Eucharist. John Calvin, however, taught a "real but spiritual presence" of the living Christ, but in the sacramental action rather than in the elements. John Mark Hicks apparently wants to EAT THE FAT of Jesus--if He had any!

John Mark Hicks and the other changeniks ignore the Bible and the present-perfect tense facts. It has never been the church of Christ which has been "EXCLUSIVEISTIC" about the Lord's Supper. On the contrary, it is the Baptists and others who will SAVE you by faith only but will EXCLUDE YOU from communion until you have been baptized.

"In other traditions within Protestantism the sacraments have become "ordinances," not channels of grace but expressions of faith and obedience of the Christian community. Among Baptists the practice of "close communion" has restricted the ordinance to those who are baptized properly; i.e., as adults upon a profession of faith. The Society of Friends (Quakers) dropped the use of the Eucharist altogether in its reaction against formalism.

Liddell and Scott define:

Eucharist-ikos , ę, on, of gratitude, humnoi

Humnos 1 a hymn, festive song or ode, in praise of gods or heroes, Od.; humnos theôn to or in honour of the gods, Aesch.; timôn theon humnoisin Eur.:--in Trag. also of mournful songs, Aesch., etc.

Euchę [euchomai]

1. a prayer, vow, Od., etc.: (but the common Homeric words are euchos and euchôlę ); euchęn epitelesai, Lat. vota persolvere, Hdt.; apodidonai Xen.; kata chiliôn euchęn poięsasthai chimarôn to make a vow of a thousand goats,
2. a mere wish, an
aspiration, as opp. to reality, euchais homoia legein to BUILD CASTLES in the air, Plat.
3. a prayer for EVIL, i. e.
an imprecation, Aesch., Eur.

Euchomai [v. sub fin.] Dep.:I. to pray, offer prayers, PAY one's VOWS, make a vow,

# 2. c. inf. to pray that, Hom., etc.; also, euch. tous theous dounai to pray them to give
# 3. c. acc. objecti, to
pray for a thing, LONG or WISH for, Pind., attic; euch. tini ti to pray for something for a person, as Soph.
# II. to
VOW or promise to do, c. inf., Hom., attic
# 2. c. acc. rei, like Lat. vovere, to vow a thing, Aesch., Ar.

# III. to
profess loudly, to boast, vaunt, Il.; mostly of something of which one has a right to be proud,
# 2. simply to profess or declare, Od.

# IV. as a Pass., emoi metriôs euktai I have prayed
sufficiently,

On the other hand, Jesus and Paul said that it was to REMEMBER and SHOW FORTH the Death of Christ as the One and Only praiseworthy SACRIFICE. Wee don't DO table at the foot of the Old Rugged Cross with JUBILATING music.

EATING AND DRINKING UNWORTHILY

"In general, the reader will note that Dr. Hicks employs a new brand of hermeneutics to reach his conclusions. For example, he seems to make no distinction between the Old and New Covenants. He sees the O.T. festivals as a communion service and thus we are to model our Lord's Supper after them (p. 47). John Waddey

This small band of merry men CLAIM that there is no COMMAND about COMMANDS. The also cannot see the DIFFERENCE between the Law of Moses which was "added because of " musical idolatry and the NEW COVENANT of Grace. As the "teams" are Levitical singers, Bruce White sees the clergy as PRIESTS deserving the TITHE, John Mark Hicks SAYS that Paul defined the Lord's Supper as an Old Testament sacrificial meal.

Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? Zech 7:5

And even now in your holy feasts to God,
you don't think of me,
but only of the food and fellowship and fun. Zech 7:6

Zech. 7:6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 

Should ye not hear the words which the Lord hath cried by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the south and the plain? Zech 7:7

If you will note carefully, all of the DISTORTERS of the Word are working overtime to move people on the unsaved side of the CROSS. The Israelites PRAYED at Mount Sinai for the right to worship LIKE THE NATIONS or Goyiim. God TURNED THEM OVER to worship the Starry Host. When Stephen revealed the HIDDEN MESSAGE to the Jewish Sectarians (about 10,000) they knew that they were BEYOND REDEMPTION. The murdered their Messiah while understanding that HE WAS God in the flesh Who would tear down the MEGA CHURCHES and fire the doctors of the Law. The "music" is confessed to be Levitical in nature. Therefore, they are STILL MOCKING Jesus by RISING UP TO PLAY during the Lord's Supper.

Of course, the sacrificial system was added because of transgression. That mortal sin was sitting down to EAT in a common meal and then RISING UP to PLAY which meant musical idolatry. This was learned in Egypt and not from God:

John Mark Hicks: The feast is always characterized by joy and gratitude. Without exception, the fellowship offering is a celebratory, festive occasion. It is a time of thanksgiving, dedication and renewal.

The FEAST at Mount Sinai with music was a feast with false "gods." God then turned them BACK to worship what they had always worshipped. This was well known in Egypt and the entire area:

The Israelites, in their adoration of the golden calf, professed to be worshiping God. Thus Aaron, when inaugurating the worship of the idol, proclaimed, "Tomorrow is a feast unto Jehovah." They proposed to worship God, as the Egyptians worshiped Osiris, under the semblance of the image. But God could not accept the service. Though offered in His name, the sun-god, and not Jehovah, was the real object of their adoration.

The worship of Apis was accompanied with the grossest licentiousness, and the Scripture record indicates that the calf worship by the Israelites was attended with all the license usual in heathen worship. We read: "They rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play." Exodus 32:6. The Hebrew word rendered "to play" signifies playing with leaping, singing, and dancing. This dancing, especially among the Egyptians, was sensual and indecent. The word rendered "corrupted" in the next verse, where it is said, "Thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves," is the same that is used in Genesis 6:11, 12, where we read that the earth was corrupt, "for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." This explains the terrible anger of the Lord, and why He desired to consume the people at once.

This musical idolatry included the "praise word" most often used of David: that included his naked dance and the LEAPING dance proof that the Israelites practiced STAR WORSHIP: They had been turned over to worship the starry host:

The dance performed by David round the ark was the "circle-dance" said to have been prescribed by the Amazons for the Mysteries. Such was the dance of the daughters of Shiloh (Judges xxi. 21, 23 et passim), and the leaping of the prophets of Baal (I Kings xviii. 26). It was simply a characteristic of the Sabean worship, for it denoted the motion of the planets round the sun. That the dance was a Bacchic frenzy is apparent. Sistra were used on the occasion, and the taunt of Michael and the king's reply are very expressive. "The king of Israel uncovered himself before his maid-servants as one of the vain (or debauched) fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself." And he retorts: "I will play (act wantonly) before  , and I will be yet more vile than this, and I will be base in my own sight." When we remember that David had sojourned among the Tyrians and Philistines, where their rites were common; and that indeed he had conquered that land away from the house of Saul, by the aid of mercenaries from their country, the countenancing and even, perhaps, the introduction of such a Pagan-like worship by the weak "psalmist" seems very natural. David knew nothing of Moses, it seems, and if he introduced the Jehovah-worship it was not in its monotheistic character, but simply as that of one of the many gods of the neighboring nations--a tutelary deity to whom he had given the preference, and chosen among "all other gods." Source.

-Khorus,

later of the dance as a public religious ceremony, “Dionuson timōsas khoroisE.Ba. 220; “phulēs Akamantidos en khoroisin
Eur. Phoen. 1242Antigone, my daughter, come out of the house; [1265]  this heaven-sent crisis is no time for dances or girlish pursuits. But you and your mother must prevent two brave men, your own brothers, from plunging into death and falling by each other's hand.

khoraul-eō , A.accompany the chorus on the flute, Str.17.1.11. -ēs, ou, ho, one who accompanies a chorus on the flute, AP11.11 (Lucill.), Plu.Ant.24:

Aristophanes, ThesmophoriazusaeChorus
-[
966] but since we want something fresh, we are going through the rhythmic steps of the round dance for the first time.

Start off [970] while you sing to the god [Apollyon] of the LYRE and to the chaste goddess armed with the BOW Hail! thou god who flingest thy darts so far, grant us the victory [nike clergy trumps laity]! The homage of our song is also due to Here, the goddess of marriage, [975] who interests herself in every chorus and guards the approach to the nuptial couch.
977 Chorus
I also pray Hermes, the god of the shepherds, and Pan and the beloved Graces to bestow a benevolent smile [980] upon our songs. Let us lead off anew, let us double our zeal during our solemn days, and especially let us observe a close fast.

empaizō , fut. “hōs nebros khloerais e. leimakos hēdonaisE.Ba. 866 (lyr.);
This is THE psallo MARK of the Beast and why Paul put melody IN THE PLACE of the mind.
With every ATTACK God provides those with EYES and EARS a way of escape.
5] who interests herself in every chorus and guards the approach to the nuptial couch.

That the dance was a Bacchic frenzy is apparent. Sistra were used on the occasion, and the taunt of Michael and the king's reply are very expressive. "The king of Israel uncovered himself before his maid-servants as one of the vain (or debauched) fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself." And he retorts: "I will play (act wantonly) before [[Heb char]], and I will be yet more vile than this, and I will be base in my own sight."

Of their feast with and for the dead--their covenant with death:

"With the wine-drinking (which is the literal meaning of the Hebrew for feasting), went music and dancing." (Heaton, E. W., Everyday Life in Old Testament times, Scribners, p. 93)

"Worship was form more than substance; consequently, conduct in the marketplace was totally unaffected by worship in the holy place. Amos spoke from the conviction that social justice is an integral part of the Mosaic covenant, which regulates relations not only between God and people, but also among people." (King, p. 44).

"In pagan traditions, musical instruments are invented by gods or demi-gods, such as titans. In the Bible, credit is assigned to antediluvian patriarchs, for example, the descendants of Cain in Genesis 4:21. There is no other biblical tradition about the invention of musical instruments." (Freedman, David Noel, Bible Review, Summer 1985, p. 51).

Rashi on Gen 21:9 MOCKING. Hebrew: metzachek. An expression of idolatry, as it is said (Shemot 32:6): "and they rose up to make merry" (letzachek). Another explanation: An expression of illicit sexual relations, as it is said (below 39:17): "to mock (letzachek." Another explanation: An expression of murder, as it is said (2Shmuel 2:14): "Let the boys get up now and sport (visachaku before us, etc."

Feasts are

Chag (h2282) khag; or 2283 khawg; from 2287; a festival, or a victim therefor: - (solemn) feast (day), sacrifice, solemnity.

Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled! Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals go on. Is.29:1

Evil feasts see Amos Five they inclued jubilating music.

I will turn your religious feasts into mourning and all your singing into weeping. I will make all of you wear sackcloth and shave your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day. Am.8:10

Acarah ((h6116) ats-aw-raw'; or acereth ats-eh'-reth; from 6113; an assembly, espec. on a festival or holiday: - (solemn) assembly (meeting)

Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Jl.2:15

Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Is.1:13

On the other hand, for the FIRST and SEVENTH day Assemblies are:

Miqra (h4744) mik-raw'; from 7121; something called out, i. e. a public meeting (the act, the persons, or the place); also a rehearsal: - assembly, calling, convocation, reading.

This is why the ALARM or TRIUMPH OVER which Judas would try on Jesus (Psa 41) was outlawed for the church in the wilderness, Qahal or synagogue in Num 10:17.

John Mark Hicks is RECOMMENDING (with DLC's permission) that we RISE UP TO PLAY in musical idolatry.

Demosthenes Against Midias describes what the clergy tried to excite Jesus to do:

"[21.52] Please take and read the actual oracles. Oracles You I address, Pandion's townsmen and sons of Erechtheus,
........... who appoint your feasts by the ancient rites of your fathers.

"See you forget not Bacchus, and joining all in the dances Down your broad-spaced streets, in thanks for the gifts of the season, Crown each head with a wreath, while incense reeks on the altars. For health sacrifice and pray to Zeus Most High, to Heracles, and to Apollo the Protector; for good fortune to Apollo, god of the streets, to Leto, and to Artemis; and along the streets set wine-bowls and dances, and wear garlands after the manner of your fathers in honor of all gods and all goddesses of Olympus, raising right hands and left in supplication."

John Mark Hicks: The Lord's supper should be understood as an interactive meal which engages the whole community in joyous, celebrative fellowship with God. If the supper is a thanksgiving meal, why is the dominant practice of the supper so silent, solemn, singular and sad? The supper is a table, not an altar. It is the experience of communion, not the search for atonement.

In the Septuagint, Isaiah 30 shows that God will destroy Assyria, Egypt and Israel to the BEAT of instrumental music.

Must ye always rejoice, and go into my holy places continually, as they that keep a feast? and must ye go with a pipe, as those that rejoice into the mountain of the Lord, to the God of Israel Isaiah 30:29 LXX

"The ritual observances at the Hebrew and at a Canaanite sanctuary were so similar that to the mass of the people Jehovah worship and Baal worship were not separated by any well-marked line...

A sacrifice was a public ceremony of a township or clan... Then the crowds streamed into the sanctuary from all sides, dressed in their gayest attire, marching joyfully to the sound of music, and bearing with them not only the victims appointed for sacrifice, but store of bread and wine set forth the feast... Universal hilarity prevailed." (Gurney, O.R., Some Aspects of Hittite Religion, p. 37, Oxford University Press, 1977)

"Many of the Psalms are expressive of the parade dance, or dance procession, in a way which show it to have been the characteristic form of the festival (Psalms 30:12, 87:7, 149:3, 150:4; Is. 30:29) and that this was where many of the Psalms were used." ( W. O. E. Osterley, The Sacred Dance (Cambridge: N. P., 1923), p. 94)

ALL of the instrumental Psalms carry a judgmental message.They were not for CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP but for taunting the enemy and trying to drive them into panic and cowardice. In victory the PSALMS were to TRIUMPH OVER the enemy whom they always identified as Beliar or Beel-Zebul.

The feasts of the Jews were related to the Marzeah or Agape among pagans: these were feasts WITH and FOR the dead. However, the Lord's Supper reverently remembers that it was the DEATH of God in Christ as the only "ritual-like" event which could ever free people from the paganism Hicks is promoting.

"And in observing the funeral festivities where the food and music was offered to the dead but enjoyed by the living, perhaps we should see the Book of Revelation warning aginst attempting to commingle Christian "in spirit" or "in mind" worship with the external sense-appeal suitable for the dead or the spirituall dead.

But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 2 Tim 5:6

"However, you will grant that nothing can be more ridiculous than to be well anointed and crowned with roses but perishing of hunger and thirst. Thus it is at a funeral meal when the gravestone of one recently deceased is anointed and crowned,

while the funeral guests keep the wine and meal for themselves. (Lucian, De merced conductis 28, 687)

It was the same with regard to music at the meal of the dead. When at the end of the meal the funeral guests would resort to their own pleasures, to playing and dancing,

it was because music was originally supposed to have offered comfort to the dead.

"In Egypt it was "eat, drink and be merry" as the mourners are eating drinking, watching the dancers and listening to the song of the harpist, who addresses the dead man himself:

"Celebrate the beautiful day! Set forth ointments and fine oil for your nostrils and wreaths and lotus blossoms for the body of your dear sister, who is seated at your side.

Let there be singing and music before you cast everything sad behind you and think only of joy." (Quasten, p. 154)

Hicks "Eat, Drink and be Merry" is the universal standard of ignoring the gods while celebrating their death or dying.

"A similar situation existed among the Greeks, the Etruscans and the Romans. A Greek relief of a meal of the dead, dating from the fifth century before Christ and presently in the Museo Baracco in Rome, depicts a husband and wife reclinig at a meal, looking at a Iyrist who attends them with his playing. The portrayals of banquets on Etruscan sepulchral monuments are well known, and music is rarely missing on them. The upper relief of a gravestone in the museum in Fiesole shows a meal of the dead, while the lower relief portrays a flutist and two dancing figures. The museum's inscription notes that this is a representation of the activities of the blessed in Elysium. On the upper relief the figure who is eating is pictured in a reclining position.

Since the living usually sat while the deceased were thought to recline, this clearly represents a meal of the dead. The music and dancing portrayed on the lower relief, like the meal, serve to refresh the dead person.

Well, I suspect that the end time pagans feel very comfortable CELEBRATING as they BREAK the body of Christ. After all, Psalm 41 prophesied that Judas would FAIL in his triumph over. This means "playing instruments and making a joyful noise before the Lord." This was the LEVITICAL WARRIOR musicians PANIC ATTACK to turn the enemy into a Coward.

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance (recollection) of me. 1 Cor 11:25
........... For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,
........... you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 1Co.11:26

To show forth means to preach. The Lord's Supper is a REPLACEMENT for the Legalistic memorial of animal sacrifices:

Anamnę-sis , eôs, hę, ( [anamimnęiskô] )

A. calling to mind, reminiscence, Pl. Phd.72e, 92d, Phlb.34c (pl.), Arist.Mem.451a21; a. tinos labein recall it to memory, IG2.628.20; anamnęseis thusiôn reminders to the gods of sacrifices offered, Lys.2.39.

2. memorial sacrifice, LXX Nu.10.10, cf. Ev.Luc.22.19.

Zikrown (h2146) zik-rone'; from 2142; a memento (or memorable thing, day or writing): - memorial, record.

Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God. Nu.10:10

However, Jesus deliberately used the bread and fruit of the vine as a memorial for His Death. He became OUR Passover. To repeat the Legalistic memorial we are forced to blow trumpets, keep days, new moons and burn offerings.

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Lu.22:19

This is the same word in the Greek version.

3. palindromos a., of the moon, Secund.Sent.6.

A word often used with memorial meant to teach or disciple.

Mathęsis A. the act of learning, getting of knowledge. 2. desire of learning, 3. education, instruction,

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,
........... you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 1Co.11:26

Not a ha, ha, jubilating time unless you are beyond redemption!

Kataggello (g2605) kat-ang-gel'-lo; from 2596 and the base of 32; to proclaim, promulgate: - declare, preach, shew, speak of, teach.

Kat-angellô, A. announce, proclaim, declare, 2. recite, recount, agon = public assembly. Agon = Divinity of the contest.. Often used with Christos doing a polemical battle. [See Christ Agnonzing out a Hymn when He meets with us be;pw]

The command was to REMEMBER the Lord's Death and PROCLAIM it for an everlasting activity. Remembrance is the Greek:

Aeimnęstos had in everlasting remembrance,
Anamimnęskô remind one of a thing, remind one to do, recall to memory, make mention of,

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 2 Pet 1:12

Latin : commemoro to recall an object to memory in all its particulars. to call to mind, be mindful of, keep in mind, remember, to bring something to one's recollection by speaking of it, to remind, to recount, relate

You may want to MOCK JESUS while "celebrating" His death but then God will or has TURNED YOU OVER to worship the starry host including Chiun or Saturn whose Chaldee number is 666.

John Mark Hicks: In the Hebrew Bible the table is a communal act of communion with God characterized by joy (thanksgiving) and rededication (vow). At Solomon's inauguration Israel "ate and drank before the Lord on that day with great joy" (1 Chron. 29:22). It was not a moment of solemn, private silence. It was not an individualistic act. On the contrary, it was an interactive meal which engaged the whole community in joyous, celebrative fellowship with God.

YOU CANNOT FEAST WITH THE "REVISIONED" LORD'S SUPPER UNLESS YOU KILL SOMETHING.

For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Heb 2:11

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee Heb 2:12.

Declare is:

Apaggello (g518) ap-ang-el'-lo; from 575 and the base of 32; to announce: - bring word (again), declare, report, shew (again), tell.

Aggelos (g32) ang'-el-os; from aggello, [prob. der. from 71; comp. 34] (to bring tidings); a messenger; esp. an "angel"; by impl. a pastor: - angel, messenger

Sing does not mean JUBILATE over killing animals to feed the gods but:

Apalgeo (g524) ap-alg-eh'-o; from 575 and algeo, (to smart); to grieve out, i.e. become apathetic: - be past feeling

Praise is:

Humneo (g5214) hoom-neh'-o; from 5215; to hymn, i.e. sing a religious ode; by impl. to celebrate (God) in song: - sing an hymn (praise unto).

Christ the Holy Spirit invites us to "come learn of Me." When WE sing "that which is written" God in Christ Himself permits us to "watch with Him one hour." He proclaims His own death as He grieves out a hymn.

If you fall into a charismatic, musical, jubilating fit when God comes near to participate with us as brothers then you have CRUCIFIED Him all over again and again.

And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Heb 2:13

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,
........... he also himself likewise took part of the same;
........... that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death,
........... that is, the devil; Heb 2:14

And deliver them, who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb 2:15

The Jews killed tens of thousands of innocent animals and could never gain a secure spirit. Therefore, to attempt to get you to restore the Old Covenant Sacrificial System Hicks is trying to bring you back under bondage. Only when God took on the nature of a human which contained full Deity, and then died on the cross, could anyone get the true futility of trying to DO animal sacrifices to feed the gods always using music to appeas the gods or even to intimidate them.

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Heb 2:16

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Heb 2:17

Hilaskomai (g2433) hil-as'-kom-ahee; mid. from the same as 2436; to conciliate, i.e. (trans.) to atone for (sin), or (intrans.) be propitious: - be merciful, make reconciliation for.

A "doctor of the Law" should know that you cannot make animal sacrifices as a legalistid FEAST without the high priest to stand BETWEEN you and a Holy God.

You might expect a DOCTOR OF THE LAW would understand "Context, it's all in the context." They were dedicating a HOUSE for God which He could not live in. This was the shrine of the CIVIL MONARCHY and not the "worship center" of the people. The assembled CONGREGATION was not a million or more but the King, the Priests and the city officials. Before the Temple, David could never return to the Tabernacle out of fear. God permitted an ALTERNATIVE altar at a JEBUSITE HIGH PLACE because Israel would worship like the nations.

David (secular king), together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service: 1 Chr 25:1

After this initiation of temple and king the people's "congregation" would have been OUTSIDE the gates. The congregation is the civil-warriors and the secular government:

AND David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem. 1 Chron 28:1

And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord, and the king. 1 Chron 29:20

And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings unto the Lord, on the morrow after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel: 1 Chron 29: 21

Of course the people believed that they had God BOXED in the "church house" which was a CIVIL TEMPLE. However, Solomon reluctantly agrees that God CANNOT dwell in houses made by the hands of men as He cannot be worshipped by human hands. God DISABLED the priestly work in the temple: the people prayed FROM WITHOUT and God answered FROM HEAVEN. God permitted that the temple be a place TOWARD WHICH people prayed.

The SERVICE of the NOISE MAKERS was ABAD or HARD BONDAGE. The word carries the same meaning as ABADDON because the animal sacrifices with loud noise was FENDING OFF the evil spirits or demons. At the dedication of the Temple:

And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings unto the Lord, on the morrow after that day, even a THOUSAND bullocks, a THOUSAND rams, and a THOUSAND lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel: 1 Chron 29:21

But NOT all Israel was present. This was a dedicatory service but the sacrifices were also SACRIFICING and MOCKING thousands of types of Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, this was ONLY for ceremonial certification of the BODY.

Here is John Mark Hicks PUNCH LINE for making the LORD'S SUPPER into a SACRIFICIAL MEAL while making JUBILEE (or whoopi)

And did eat and drink before the Lord on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David KING the second time, and anointed him unto the Lord to be the chief GOVENOR, and ZADOK to be priest. 1 Chron 29:22

Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him. 1 CHRON 29:23

This was not "congregatonal singing" with "instrumental accompaniment."

Those who are singing are not eating the Lord's Supper. They may think that this means "I go mine, ate mine, swallowed mine, now I can sing." However, they have no reverence, don't know how to blush and would never have tarried with Jesus because they will not tarry with those who they HAVE seen.

The Theological Lexicon of the New Testament says the root word "means 'discern' . . . Paul applies the word with a religious meaning, to Christians themselves: 'Examine yourselves.' . . . 1 Cor 11:28 before taking communion, people must examine their conscience in order not to partake unworthily ([anaxios]);

they must discern the true nature of this sacred meal,
which is
entirely different from an ordinary repast" (vol. 1, p. 356).

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:27

THIS BREAD was the loaf which had replaced the FLESH by the Babylonians. Jesus repudiated the four cups of intoxicants and offered the FIFTH CUP which was to announce John the Babtist and Jesus. This bread was not a common meal but a specially prepared small loaf with NO LEAVEN

THIS CUP was the FRUIT OF THE VINE which must also contain NO CONTENT OF LEAVEN OR FERMENTATION. The Jews POURED OUT the drink offering when it was fermented.

The context of the beginning of the Lord's Supper proves that it was a SYMBOLIC MEAL and not a gulttonous feast with wine, singing, clapping, playing instruments where "God ate with them."

Vines Expository Dictionary: B-1, Adjective, 370, anaxios

Topic: Unworthily, Unworthy

A-1, Adverb, 371, anaxios

is used in 1 Cor. 11:27, of partaking of the Lord's Supper "unworthly," i.e., treating it as a common meal, the bread and cup as common things, not apprehending their solemn symbolic import. In the best texts the word is not found in ver. 29 (see RV).

"a, negative, n, euphonic, axios, "worthy," is used in 1 Cor. 6:2. In modern Greek it signifies "incapable."

To eat or drink unworthily is in general to come to the Lord's table in a careless, irreverent spirit, without the intention or desire to commemorate the death of Christ as the sacrifice for our sins, and without the purpose of complying with the engagements with we thereby assume. The way in which the Corinthians ate unworthily was, that they treated the Lord's table as though it were their own; making no distinction between the Lord's supper and an ordinary meal; coming together to satisfy their hunger, and not to feed on the body and blood of Christ; and refusing to commune with their poorer brethren. This, though one, is not the only way in which men may eat and drink unworthily. All that is necessary to observe is, that the warning is directly against the careless and profane, and not against the timid and the doubting. Charles Hodge

Of those who POLLUTED the Sabbath which was a day of REST and not offering animal sacrifices.

Chalal (h2490) khaw-lal'; a prim. root [comp. 2470]; prop. to bore, i. e. (by impl.) to wound, to dissolve; fig. to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute): - begin (* men began), defile, * break, defile, eat as common things), * first, * gather the grape thereof, * take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

The PRAISE at the common meals was:

Halal (g1984) haw-lal'; a prim. root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causat. to celebrate; also to stultify: - (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (- ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.

For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, Mt.24:38

The Corinthians were warned in chapter 10 about RISING UP TO PLAY. This was a direct condemnation of eating and then JUBILATING with singing, dancing, playing instruments and more vile things than you can imagine. Why? Why because everyone always knew that you could, like Satan, wholly seduce people with food, drink and music.

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 1 Cor 6:2

Vine's Note: In Acts 13:46, "unworthy" represents the adjective axios, preceeded by the negative ouk.

Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves UNWORTHY of EVERLASTING life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. Ac 13:46

John Mark Hicks (aka DLU) claims that Paul defined an Old Covenant Sacrificial mean: Jesus and Paul said that it was to PREACH His death.

John Mark Hicks says that the Lord's Supper should be a time of MAKING JUBILEE at a COMMON MEAL. Paul said that FOR HUNGER they should eat at home. If they ate it as a COMMON MEAL they were JUBILATING at their own FUNERAL because they were damning their souls. Jesus asks: "Could you not WAIT with me for one hour." The Judaizers answer with a resounding NO. Because they repudiate what Jesus said about Baptism there is NO way that they could EAT the Lord's Supper without, like the Marzeah in Amos, EATING and DRINKING in a festival WITH and FOR the DEAD.

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