The Word on Eating

“O Taste and See: The Adventure of Discovering God’s Goodness”
Psalm 34:8

Ver. 8. The taste and see invite, as it were, to a sumptuous feast, whichhas long been ready; to a rich sight openly exposed to view.
Theimperatives are in reality not oratory but persuasive. E. W. Hengstenberg.

I.O Taste and See – Invites us to a wondrous feast, a pleasurable delight!
1.God Himself as our Portion is indescribably delicious / wonderful – John 17:3; Psalm 16:5-6
2.Even ordinary foods are hard to describe with words, they have to be tasted — so much more the depths of God’s grace and love – 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; John 3:3; John 3:5; John 3:7-8
3.Spiritual things require a spiritually cultivated appetite, consider John 6 –
A.The people were hungry – John 6:24-27
B.Jesus would redirect their appetites to Himself – John 6:31-35
C.They could not see this – John 6:52; 6:60-66 because they lacked the Spirit – John 6:63
D.Yet, the 12 (more properly 11) did – John 6:67-71
4.God is NOT Boring – John 6:68

shine make ´em wonder what you´ve got make ´em wish that they were not on the outside looking bored shine let it shine before all men let´em see good works, and then let ´em glorify the Lord – The Newsboys / Steve Taylor

II.O Taste and See – invites us to something Needful – Matthew 4:4
1.We cannot live without it – Matthew 4:4
2.We need a balanced diets of EVERY WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God – Matthew 4:4
A.Jesus Christ should be our main course – John 6:35
B.Yet, we should neglect nothing – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
C.God’s word even tells us about motherhood – Exodus 20:12; Psalm 127:3; Genesis 1:28
3.We need our spiritual Wheaties for our spiritual Health and Vitality – Daniel 11:32
4.We NEED our spiritual food even MORE than our physical food – John 6:27
How much time goes to each? How much money? How much effort? How much of our desire and delight?
Consider how much of our lives revolve around physical food:
A.Most of us eat two to three meals per day plus snacks
B.Many of us own stoves, ovens, microwaves, spoons, forks, blenders, dishes and a multitude of other cooking and eating utensils
C.I am not sure but I would not be surprised if there were more restaurants than churches in town
D.Many of us spend a good deal of time cooking and we are experts at it and there is nothing wrong with that! This is not a sermon against food or cooking or even restaurants but it is a sermon FOR GOD’s WORD – Jeremiah 15:16


1.We should indulge in the word more than once a day: reading, meditating, memorizing, studying, hearing, etc … etc…
2.We should have some spiritual tools / utensils for helping us with the Word – devotionals, commentaries, sermon outlines *SMILE*, sermon tapes, concordances –
3.We should take advantage of our spiritual restaurant(s) church services, Bible studies, WIC Meetings, Awana Meetings, Special Conferences, events
4.We can develop our own cooking skills — preparing Bible Studies, family devotions, maybe even a sermon or a spiritual song!

NKJ Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

NKJ Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ “

NKJ John 6:55 “For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

NKJ 1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

NKJ 1 Peter 2:2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that youmay grow thereby,

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