Glad and generous hearts (Acts 2:46)

“Every day

They spend

Much time together

In the Temple.

They broke bread

At their homes.

They ate

Their food

With exuberant

But simple hearts.”

καθ’ ἡμέραν τε προσκαρτεροῦντες ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ, κλῶντές τε κατ’ οἶκον ἄρτον, μετελάμβανον τροφῆς ἐν ἀγαλλιάσει καὶ ἀφελότητι καρδίας,

The author of Acts indicated that every day (καθ’ ἡμέραν) they continuously spend much time together (τε προσκαρτεροῦντες ὁμοθυμαδὸν) in the Temple (ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ).  They broke bread at their own homes (κλῶντές τε κατ’ οἶκον ἄρτον).  They were sharing (μετελάμβανον) their food (τροφῆς) with exuberant (ἐν ἀγαλλιάσει) and simple hearts (ἀφελότητι καρδίας).  Acts is the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἀφελότητι, that means simplicity or sincerity.  It was clear that the early Christians were still Jewish at heart.  They went to the Temple to pray.  However, they broke bread or had their Eucharistic communion service at their own homes.  These early followers of Jesus prayed to God and had common fellowship with each other in the breaking of the bread.  Luke, chapter 24:35, and the author of Acts here who is presumably Luke, was the only Greek biblical writer to use this term κλῶντές…ἄρτον, that means breaking of the bread, a clear reference to the Eucharistic service of communion.  They were an exuberant yet simple group of followers of Jesus.  Could you live a lifestyle like the early Christian followers of Jesus?

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