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The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions You are what you eat - This may hurt!
You are what you eat - This may hurt! PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Grant Nuss   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 14:10

Ezekiel 3:3; “Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.”

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are (a translation)” (Anthelme Brillat-Savarin). We got onto the topic of ‘eating the scroll’ at a wonderful cell-group meeting last night. Think about what God is saying in this verse, that, metabolically, we are what we eat. Earlier, in Ezekiel 2:8, God says; “Now you (Ezekiel), son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” Incidentally this chapter was my final call into full-time ministry. So, what if we do not eat the scroll? Well, if we refuse to eat it, we are rebels, those who are stubborn. Think of what is involved in the act of eating. We take what we eat in, we taste, we chew, we ruminate (ponder and reflect on what we have taken in), we digest it, and then ... it becomes us. Metaphorically speaking, eating God’s Word is taking the truth written on the ‘scroll in, savouring it, and, as you do, it becomes part of you, in fact, it becomes 'personal'. The deal is this: God is looking for people who will eat the scroll and not be afraid to tell the truth, knowing that, when they do, His hand will be upon them. So, this is the part that may hurt. The reality of the situation in this context is that, just as God will tell us the truth and will even show us the future through His Word, much of the church today is in rebellion and a stubborn house. How? Many of those who are called to ‘eat the scroll’ and preach the truth, have, and are, turning the church into nothing short of ‘the temple’ that Jesus in Matthew 21:12 literally tore apart. What am I saying here? Well, those in their respective ‘temple's’, who are supposed to know the Word of God having 'eaten the scroll', are manipulating it and making it say what they want it to say (why) in order to meet their own agenda and human (unbiblical) ends. What is sad, is that, in each of these passages, the call is to fight for the truth of the Word of God, whilst, seemingly, in much of the church today, many no longer have the courage and integrity to stand up and say anything about it. If you are called to preach and teach the Word, how are you doing in this context? Have you eaten the scroll, and, do you eat it daily? Are you heeding John’s call in Revelation 11:8-11? Perhaps read that passage again in this context where, the voice from heaven tells John to eat the little scroll so that he may effectively “prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings” (11: 11). As prophets, preachers, teachers, leaders, and disciples, we are called to internalise the scriptures, and make them both part of our lives and, importantly, the lives of those we have been called to lead. Finally, Warren Wiersbe writes; “God will not thrust His Word into our mouths and force us to receive it. He hands it to us and we must take it. Nor can He change the effects the Word will have in our lives: there will be both sorrow and joy, bitterness and sweetness. God’s Word contains sweet promises and assurances, but it also contains bitter warnings and prophecies of judgment. The Christian bears witness of both life and death (2 Corinthians 2:14–17). The faithful minister will declare all of God’s counsel (Acts 20:27). He will not dilute the message of God simply to please his listeners (2 Timothy 4:1–5)”.

 

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