Built In Us
The Lord also uses His Word to build us up in a very personal way. Eliakim, a high priest in Israel, was said to be “like a peg driven in a secure place ” (Isa 22:23) . Eliakim was a foretype of Christ. This passage reveals a foreshadowing of the role that Christ fulfilled, in Whom the hopes of mankind for salvation and a restored relationship with the Creator would be realized.
As we walk in this intimate relationship with God, He works in us to restore us to the image of Christ, Whose image we were originally created in (Gen 1:26). To do this God uses the Scriptures, quickened and ignited by the Holy Spirit, to shape our hearts and lives.
We humans have such difficulty retaining the “shape” we were designed for. This is where we need the “hammer” of God’s Word to drive the peg of His Word deeply into a secure place in our hearts and lives. Jesus desires to fasten His Word permanently into our hearts. He helps give us strong convictions through His Word, so that whatever happens we can be secured and established by His Word.
But a house is not built with one “nail”; and so we must constantly study, meditate on and memorize the Word of God. With daily exposure and application of Scripture “Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little” (Isa 28:10) we are built up in Christ.
Nourishing The Spirit
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12).
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart”(Jer 15:16).
Scripture is full of a variety of foods that are symbols for the Word of God. Food makes an excellent allegory – not only for the Scriptures themselves, but also for what God’s Word does in us and for us. As food is to the body, so Scripture is to the spirit of man.
A balanced, nutritious, daily intake of food helps us grow in healthy ways. It also fortifies the body against sickness, disease and weakness. Food aids in the proper development of tissues and organs – such as our eyes, so we can have good vision. Balanced nutrition promotes the growth and proper function of each part of the body.
A lack of proper foods, on the other hand, can have long-term effects on us besides just hunger.
There are many places in our world today where healthy food in plentiful quantities is not available. And even in some countries where there is enough food, people may refuse to eat the foods that would be best for them. Instead, they substitute poor-quality food that can have a negative effect on their health and well-being.
Can you see the parallels between food and the Scripture? It is no mistake or coincidence that the Holy Spirit chose certain types of food and drink to illustrate practical principles of applying the Scripture in daily life. As food nourishes the body, so the Word of God nourishes the spirit…