My friend Rob described it best. Economically, I am saving much more money staying at home. I can buy the same beer at the store I would normally get at the bar for a fraction of what I would have paid at the bar. Why not stay at home and drink a beer which cost you less than $2 opposed to going out and paying maybe $7 for the same beer at his favorite bars? But it is still not the same nor is it as good. Rob explained, he enjoys going to his favorite establishments to meet up with friends or even to just strike up a conversation with a stranger who might be sitting next to him.
The same can be said about going out to eat vs eating at home, going to a movie vs watching a video at home, traveling vs a stay-
In the beginning, we were created to be together. In Genesis 2:18, the LORD God Almighty says of Adam, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” It is not only the case of man and woman as they became one flesh in marriage, but also the need all of us have for friendship and human contact. Even deeper than the need for human contact, we were created to be in the image of God. There is a union of a relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are one God in three Persons, but they also live together in a relationship of mutual friendship and love. When God created man he made him to be in a relationship with Himself and to have contact with each other. Peace and joy and love with our Creator and with one another.
But sin has brought about a dissolution of all of these relationships. With the present pandemic we see how the words, “cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it…thorns and thistles is shall bring forth for you,” (Genesis 3:17-
The result has been to separate us. The original goal of Satan was to divide God from us and us against each other. In this present time we see ourselves isolated, quarantined and staying home and away from each other as the result of a pandemic. We see people suffering and sickness from the virus and we see death.
Christ Jesus has promised, “lo I am with you always even until the end of the age.” (Mathew 28:20) Again, he is the God of creation and he is a relational God. He came to draw us again to himself. He came to walk in the same flesh and blood as you have. He came to be friend of sinner and our brother. Paul in Ephesians (see chapters 2-
Though the work of Satan may seem to be successfully dividing and separating us; though we feel the despair of loneliness, the feeling of helplessness in the face of the epidemic; though we are uncertain about the immediate future and we are frustrated to not be in worship together, we have a God who has not and will never abandon us and we are one people united in Christ Jesus.
Although scripture only mentions, “a feast of rich food, a feast of well-