Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Take, Eat

Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength, when thou goest on thy way. (1 Samuel 28:22 KJV)

That’s what I do each day, right here on this blog.  I set out a morsel for each of the readers to taste.  I do hope that it brings them strength along their way.  Unfortunately, some will be as Saul was:

But he refused, and said, I will not eat.

I can hope there are others in their life that will encourage, perhaps even compel, them to take nourishment:

… But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice. (1 Samuel 28:23a KJV)

We know from both the Old and the New Testament what Jesus responded to Satan:

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV)

That’s the morsels I offer – words inspired by, breathed by, God. Those morsels feed our souls and provide growth through God’s plan for our good.  He doesn’t promise to remove us from the cares and problems of this world, but He does promise to be with us through it.  He will provide for us, if we allow it.  The Bible tells me so.

There are so many places to start reading His word, but my favorite is way past the middle – the book of John.  If the reader can understand how John 1:1 fits into Genesis 1:1, it’s a very good start.  If the answers do not come easily, find a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church and ask questions.

There are many churches that carry the name Christian and do not accept the Bible as the word of God – or have subsequent writings that in effect change God’s word.  I would not suggest starting there. We would do as well to start our own church (which some have done.)

Instead, take, eat, of the bread of life Jesus describes in John 6:

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (John 6:32-35 KJV)

Don’t be satisfied with the morsels offered here, pick up a Bible and sit down at the Lord’s banquet!!

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