Revd. Jennifer McKenzie was our speaker and she began explaining the plight of the Israelite community out of Egypt and leaving Jerusalem. God would provide food for them, manna in the morning and meat at night. God wanted them to trust Him and live their life in trust.
This was her lead into a step forward in time, for the people of Israel when they were conquered by the Babylonians and many were taken as captives to Babylon.
All they knew and held dear and that was important to them had been destroyed because it was all so deeply connected with their faith.
Roots and Route
Psalm 137 - The African Caribbean Community got comfort out of this Psalm.
VI By the rivers of Babylon — there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion.
V2 On the willows there we hung up our harps
V3 For there our captors asked for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!",
V.3 Captors asking them to sing some of their own songs and were being mocked.
V4 How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? V4 challenges our response and to remember the roots of our faith and never forget,
V5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!
and never forget God is at the centre of our lives
V6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
In danger of losing everything, clinging to their faith.
V7 Remember; O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem's fall, how they said, 'Tear it down! Tear it down!
Down to its foundations!"
Jerusalem was the centre of their faith again the roots
V8 0 daughter Babylon, you devastator!
Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!
Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!
God understands the great depths of humanity, and has heard it all before, God understand. Lose passion anger and justice in this world. It was a cry from people who were powerless.
We must remember our routes through our lives as they take different ways and also our roots too.
This Psalm certainly gave us food for thought and seen in a very different light.
Our next Food Faith and Fellowship will be on the 15th June at 6.30pm, when Thomas Martin will be our speaker and his topic is “Jesus and Levi at the Banquet- something to celebrate?” Luke Chap 5: v.27-32.
This is open to everyone and we would be delighted to see you please let us know for catering, thank you.