Over 600 times in Scripture God speak of eating. Most people, however, speak of eating food for strength, nourishment and enjoyment. Yet the most important words are spoken of eating God’s Word the Bible. These words are sent from heaven for our nourishment and that of those we meet. Ezekiel the Prophet spoke, saying, “Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll” (Ezekiel 3:1-2). This is the role of a prophet and all disciples, to eat, know and speak God’s words to the world.
The Psalmist speaks of the Words of God as, “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10 NKJV). I find this description as not only beautiful, but very true for me. There is no other thing I take in that is sweeter than the Word of God. It builds up and strengthens as is to be enjoyed like no other living and dynamic thing. Isaiah says it never returns empty.
Jeremiah was overjoyed by the Lord’s instruction and, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jeremiah 15:13). Can you imagine the overwhelming power of having joy and delight in the Word of God? This is what God wants all of His to do, to cherish and be full of joy in His Word. I guess that you have favorite foods that you can see and taste and smell in your mind’s eye as I speak it. That’s OK, but this is nothing compared to how God wants us to taste and see His Word and even more. It is the ultimate high.
So, have you eaten the very Words of God? If you haven’t, start today for they will never return void, they will accomplish their purpose in you as Isaiah calls it “Bread for the eater” (Isaiah 55:10). Read, eat, meditate upon, journal, memorize them.
John Eats the Little Book
The Apostle John, who was banished to the Island of Patmos was approached by angels of Christ to reveal the end times. This is the apocalypse or the “revealing” of Christ written as the final book of the Bible in Revelation.
“ Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter” (Revelation 10:8-10).
“Take, eat, this is my body broken for you, do this in remembrance of me.” You know the words if you are a Christian and have attended Holy Communion. Jesus is the living Word as John 1:1 tells us. We are to listen and we are to remember as John said by eating His flesh and drinking His blood, the very words of God and God. It is His perfect gift coming down from heaven for us to consume. As we take Him in, His power is being made perfect in us. His Holy Spirit is coming to live in us to counsel, comfort, convince and convict us in the way we should go in low and high times so that we will learn the secret of being content in all circumstances. “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).