What do we discern during the Lord's Supper?
In I Cor. 11:29 Paul says, "He that eateth and drinketh unworthely, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body." The NIV says, "...without recognizing the body of the Lord..."
As I recall, W. Carl Ketcherside, in his Mission Messenger volume, "The Twisted Scriptures" mentions how the church came together to eat and drink, arriving and eating before everyone had arrived, as if they were afraid they wouldn't get enough, and in total disregard for the "lesser" members. Paul scolds them severely for this, saying, "So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other."
In the middle of these verses Paul urges them to "discern," or "recognize" the Lord's body, i.e., THE CHURCH, which they were failing to do by discrimination and runing ahead of one another. If they had "recognized the Lord's body,' and been considerate of one another, rather than acknowledging their appitite for food and interetainment, they wouldn't have taked the Lord's Supper in such an "unworthy" manner.
I tried to locate this statement in Ketcheerside's book just now and was unable to locate it. (I have all of his original Mission Messenger volumes.)
I know we want to recognize (discern) the Lord Himself while we commune with Him, but in context, this view fits pretty well; after all, this was the problem at Corinth.
Be that as it may, I have been in many situations in which the people discerned neither the Lord's physical body nor His body, the church. In a country church in TN where I was preaching while a student at Freed-Hardeman, we were standing for communion. I had just accepted the fruit of the vine, and was about to drink it, when the brother to my right, who just had, walked in front of me and, with an eraser lying in the window sill, started killing wasps in the window. That has been fifty years age, but I have never forgotten how I "discerned" this brother and his wasps during communion in TN.
On another occasion in WV, someone noticed a groundhog lying on a rock outside the country church. He called someone else's attention to it, and before communion was over, everyone was discerning a groundhog.
Did either of these persons or churches "acknowledge" the Lord's body. Did they think or one another, or did they think of the "objects of their devotion?"
Two points: The Lord's body could be either the body of the Lord Himself or His spiritual body, the church. And, it's probably just as out of order to hit the plate with a ring, walk up and down the aisle, rattle and bang during communion as it is to kill wasps or study groundhogs.
What think you on these two points?