by Wole Oladapo
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ďThat night the meat is to be roasted, and eaten with bitter herbs and with bread made without yeastĒ (Exodus 12:8).
Why should it be bitter herbs? Of all sweet things in the land of Egypt, it was only bitter herbs that interested God in feeding His people with as they were being delivered from the house of bondage. Why not those melons, onions and cucumbers? After all, we are promised the wealth of the gentiles!
God knew man more than man does know himself. God is not being wicked for giving them bitter herbs. God is putting before manís forgetful heart a reminder of the things that are ready to come to pass. They were to eat it that way every year. God knows that the people would soon forget the bondage of Egypt. So, He gave them bitter herbs as a reminder of the bitterness of bondage.
It is very easy for us to become comfortable with comfort and forget the bitterness of those who are still in bondage. We become so ease in Zion that we become oblivion of our brethren who are still in captivity. That is why God often spices our dinner of milk and honey with a little bitter herbs, to remind us of the bitterness of the bondage of those who are still in captivity.
Jesus promised the disciples who have left all and followed Him; ďVerily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal lifeĒ (Mark 10: 29-30). To the saints in the New Testament also, He spiced the promises with bitterness of persecutions. They are to have all those things, good things, but with a little afflictions.
We truly fellowship with Him in His suffering, when we sit with Him on the table as He broke His body and poured of His blood. Partaking of His table expound in our deepest heart the terror of His death and the doom of a life that goes into expiration and into eternity without entering through the death of the cross. We fell the agony of Him who wept for manís wasting days and get the urge to bring as many as we can find into the life of the Gospel of Christ Jesus.
The reason why the churches of today are comfortable with a life of empty confession and dilapidated moral is that we are not having fellowship with Christ in His suffering. We go to the Lordís Table and rise up without the revelation of His death. Perhaps, it is not the Lordís Table. No one can sit with Christ on the table, feed on His flesh and drink of His blood without entering into the revelation of His death which creates in us the necessity of doing the work He has committed into our hands. For that very purpose it was instituted; that we may remember His death and go to the world with the message of His death till He comes.
When we taste bitterness in our meal of bread without the leaven of unrighteousness, donít let us summarily regard it as a work of the devil. God is surely calling our hearts to His lost sheep that daily roams our way, which we are too comfortable to notice. God feels the same bitterness over every soul pacing down to hell. And we are called, not only to reign with Him, but also to suffer with Him. But we will not all be beheaded like John for the testimony of Christ, neither will we all be held in chains for years like Paul. Christian suffering is actually feeling what God feels concerning man and manís eternal destiny. This is the fellowship of His suffering of which apostle Paul speaks (Philippians 3:10). The Son of man is still looking for one of His lost coin; do you help Him find one?
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