The Feast of the Word.
It’s interesting how many times in the Bible, God’s word and our Lord Jesus Himself, is compared to food and drink, especially bread and water. Bread and water is life, it is what sustains us, nourishes us and we all need bread and water to survive.
But God’s word is not just one little slice of stale, old bread, it is a vast and inexhaustible feast and the Lord Himself invites us to partake in this feast.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.
Isaiah 55:1-3 NIV
The thing about food though is that everyone of us needs to eat everyday, someone else can not eat and digest on our behalf. No matter how well and colourful someone describes a meal to you, they can’t make you taste it. On the contrary, the better someone describes a meal to you the hungrier you should get and want to experience it for yourself.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8 NIV
We have this amazing and merciful privilege to be invited to this feast of God’s word,
yet we so often come to the table with a ‘snack” mentality. We are looking for a quick bite to keep us going for a short while, a little “pick-me-up” to inspire us to go about the rest of our day.
But God’s word is not a cereal bar or a Starbucks coffee, quick, easy and convenient…
Other times regarding spending time in the Bible, we convince ourselves that we are satisfied with little scraps and crumbs here and there. Crumbs that’s barely enough to keep anyone alive.
Or maybe we are even fine with accepting “second hand” leftovers of someone else’s feast experience.
We can not be content with a crumb here and there or a quick bite now and then!
We should come to our Lord hungry and ready to be filled with Truth, to be filled with what He has to teach us, to grow in knowledge of Him. (Matt 5:6)
We are promised if we come, take up our Bibles and eat and taste for ourselves our eyes will open and we will see that God is good, always!
The amazing thing about this abundant, inexhaustible feast of the Word is the more you eat the hungrier you will get. The more you know the more you want to know, the more you have the more you want to share, the more you enjoy the more you want to invite others to enjoy as well.
This is not a feast for one, it is a feast that is to be shared in community, shared and enjoyed together with the whole Body of Christ.
I want to ask you, are you snacking, are you looking for crumbs or are you maybe just happy to accept left-overs
or are you feasting at the whole table of God’s word?
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Matthew 5:6 NIV
Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Deuteronomy 8:3 (see also Matt 4:4)