The Honeycomb [Part 1]
I was sitting in church not long ago, and heard a great sermon on the word of God. Basically the point of the message is that we need to be more diligent to study The Word of God. This is a point that has been preached an untold number of times throughout human history. However this was a bit different. You see this was speaking of the strengthening we receive when we are reading the word of God.
This began with two scriptures. Psalm 119:103 an Proverbs 16:24. I have added these so you can read them for yourself.
Psalm 119:103 NASB “How sweet are your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Proverbs 16:24 NASB “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
In proverbs King Solomon tells us that Pleasant words are sweet and healing. If we link this with the writer of Psalm 119, we see that Gods word is likened also unto the honey. God’s word is pleasant and it is strength and healing. This alone should be enough to make us ant to spend more time in the word, but lets continue with some more scripture to really push the point from our minds down to our spirit.
In 1st Samuel there is a story where Jonathan goes into battle and gains a victory over the philistines. On his way home he eats some honey he finds on the forest, and though he is weak from battle, the honey gives him nourishment and strength. I will include the scripture here as well.
1st Samuael 14:27 NASB “But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.”
Saul had told the nation to fast, but because Jonathan was on the field of battle he missed the memo and ate the honey. All of Israel was weary, but because they fasted, they weren’t strengthened. Jonathan had taken in the honey and gained his second wind.
This is true of the word, it is sweet like honey and gives us strength and healing, but if we are not partaking of the word we cannot receive that healing. Its not enough to expect the Pastor and leaders to be in the word and then pass some on to you. You need to eat of it for yourself. God takes his word seriously and wants us to eat.