To read and meditate on His great promises when we are troubled in our soul, to be assured of His faithfulness by His Word when it seems that our whole life is crumbling -this is what His Word, and only His Word, can supply. The Bible is there to guide us into His Sabbath rest of salvation and freedom from bondage.
A Most Holy Place
Fourth, Aaron and his sons in Leviticus 24 are instructed to eat the showbread “in a Holy place: for it is most holy to him from the offerings of the Lord made by fire ” (vs. 9).
This means we arc to approach our daily times in the Scriptures with deep respect and a true reverence for the Lord and His Word. We are not permitted to add or subtract from His Word, nor to twist it and use it for our selfish purposes (Rev 22:18-19).
But then is another lesson here.
God commands Aaron and his sons in Leviticus 24:9 to “eat it [the showbread] in a most Holy place.”
We as leaders can easily become too busy, or so “burned out” and tired that we can forget some simple basics of keeping ourselves fed spiritually. Although we can read the Word and have fellowship with God anytime or anywhere, a scattered and unplanned kind of “quiet time” with God doesn’t usually work for most of us.
May I make some suggestions?
First, find one place you can go most of the time to be alone with God and His Word . Second, go at a time when you are alert, awake and at your mental best. Third, do not let work or the demands of people interfere with your “holy time” with God. There will always be exceptions, times when you cannot have this daily communion; but if they become too frequent, something is wrong. Either the devil is interfering to keep you from God and His Word, or you are not enforcing proper priorities in your life. Do not miss a single opportunity for being with God in His Word and prayer – for that is usually the time we need it the most.
Sweet Message …
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps 119:103).
There are several p laces in Scripture where the Word of God is described as honey. In Ezekiel 3:1- 3, the prophet is commanded to eat a scroll. On this scroll is the word of the Lord to the nation of Israel. Before the prophet can deliver the Lord’s message, he must first take it into his own heart and fully “digest” it.
This should also be our practice as preachers and teachers of God’s Word. His Word must be put into our minds, hearts and lifestyle before God can fully bless and anoint the Word we deliver to others. God’s Word was sweet to Ezekiel’s taste because he received the Word completely.
We see a similar symbolic action and description of God’s Word in Revelation 10:9-10. In this verse John also is commanded to eat the “little book” containing God ‘s Word. Again, the Word is sweet as honey as the message saturates the personality of the proclaimer. But this time there is a difference: the sweet message of God’s grace, love and mercy turns bitter in John’s stomach (vs. 10). This bitterness is symbolic: though the revelation of God’s divine love is sweet, if it is rejected it brings inevitable judgment. John is experiencing the “bitterness” of the divine judgment about to come on the people who have rejected God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ.