Monday, March 9, 2015

What does "Fast" mean, anyway? - Mark 2:18-22 Post 1

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What does "fast" mean, anyway?  (Mark 2:18-20)

I looked it up.

And it turns out (not a surprise), to fast (the verb) is to abstain from food, or to eat sparingly, or to abstain from some or certain foods, or to go without (something).  

I knew that.   

Fast is also a noun sometimes, and it means the practice of fasting, a time of fasting, or...something that fastens.

As an adjective and adverb, if something is fast it is firmly fixed, tightly adhering to, not easily freed, closely bound.  In other words, it is fastened.  To fasten (verb) is to make it fast, to make it be connected or stuck tight to something so that it won't come off or apart.  

A fast friend is a loyal, unchangeable, steadfast, stable friend.

Oh, and I mustn't forget that fast means speedy, or quick.

I knew that, too, of course.

I knew all of that.

But somehow I didn't know it all together in a big picture kind of way.

It makes sense, though.  

Because fasting - this abstaining from certain foods or things - fastens me to You - helps me to hold fast to You - to the One who holds fast to me.

It makes my mind fast - sharper, agile, more in tune to You, quicker to hear You.

It makes my heart more stable and steadfast to You.

So when I fast, I am firmly fixing myself on the purpose of my fasting (You).  

Fasting fastens me to You. 



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