Do you eat God's words daily?
My daughter-in-law is seven and one-half months pregnant. The other day she decided to eat a big chicken sandwich. She knew if she ate it, since it was bigger than the room in her tummy now, it would taste great but give her heartburn. Did you know as Christians, we are told to symbolically eat God’s Word and that it would be joy and strength to us, not something yukky? (see Jeremiah 15:16, Matthew 7:24-29, John 15:7, 11.)
Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
The prophet Ezekiel was told by God to eat His Words which were written on a scroll. The command from God sounds odd, but it was a visual aid to show Ezekiel and others what God wanted them to do with His Word. God’s desire was for Ezekiel (and all of us) to allow His words to saturate our hearts and minds so we can speak and live them (Psalm 119:97-105 esp. 103 and 1 Peter 2:2).
The voice (God) said to me, “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. Then he said, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel and give them my messages...So don’t be afraid of them or fear their angry looks, even though they are rebels.” Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself...Ezekiel 3:1-11 (NLT)
You might be wondering what a scroll is. Scrolls were the books of Ezekiel’s day. They were the common means for recording and preserving God’s Word in Israel. Leather, papyrus, or parchment sheets were joined together to form a book that the person would roll out as he read. Ezekiel ate the scroll, and we would all think “Yuk”! Yet, it ended up being sweet, because God’s words are life to our soul. As Peter said, in John 6:68, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life." King David said, in Psalm 19:9-10, "...The judgments of the LORD are true...They are more desirable than gold... Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb."
God’s words are sweet to Christians, even His words of judgment, because as Christians His words bring us salvation and teach us to be more like Jesus. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 12:5-11, and James 1:21-25. We need to read, study, and memorize God’s words daily, so we will know them enough to alter our thoughts and actions.
If you are not a Christian, God’s words can be bitter to you! This is because they spotlight and define your sins, and describe God’s judgment that comes from not believing in Jesus. Read Psalm 1, Romans 7:7 and Revelations 10:9-11.
Because of God's words, Gini