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The Cup


"Whoever gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple ------ truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward" (Matt.10:42).

The term cup in the Bible most often refers to a literal drinking cup, as we see in today's verse... They varied from ordinary pottery cups to the to the cups of gold used by the very rich. In early days, rich people had their own version of bodyguards called cupbearers, who tasted the contents of cups to see that their masters were not being poisoned. In another variation, reservoirs were used to collect water for the sheep and other animals to drink from, hence the term, "My cup overflows" from Psalm 23:5... The Passover in Jesus' time included drinking wine from cups. At what like we call The Last Supper, Jesus identified the cup and that its contents were the new covenant in my blood, so that drinking from the cup proclaims His death (I Cor.11:25-28). In Luke's version of The Last Supper, the cup also refers to its contents: "He then took the cup, and after giving thanks He said, 'take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes' " (22:17-18). I am told that four cups were a part of the Passover meal, and the one for which Jesus gave thanks was known as "the cup of blessing" (I Cor.10:16). The very common practice of drinking from a cup led to many rich figurative uses of the word, as it could be filled with many different things... So the use of the term cup could refer to one's possessions or portion. God actually said through the prophet Ezekiel that Judah would drink the cup of her sister Samaria, "a cup of horror and desolation..." (3:31-34). Jesus used the image of the cup when, in referring to His death, He said to James and John, "Are you able to drink the cup that I drink or to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" (Mk.10:38). Finally, Jesus, in His death, drank the cup of God's wrath against sin... "I lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord" (Psa.116:13). Jesus drank the cup of suffering so that we might drink the cup of salvation...

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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