Psalm 119:3103; 19:7-14; Various
SWEETER THAN HONEY
Psalm 119:103; 19:7-14; Various
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
Honey, there is no sweeter thing on earth that is made by nature. Bees work hard to make it. Did you know that the average worker bee makes 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in a lifetime, which is only six weeks long.
A typical colony produces 60-80lb of surplus honey a year. The During a good honey flow, bees may store 5, 10 or even 20 pounds of honey in a day.
I like honey. I especially like it on biscuits or on some hushpuppies. Sometimes I like it mixed in peanut butter and slathered on a graham cracker. I like it best when it starts to turn to sugar… I don’t know why… I just do. When it turns to sugar I will put a little on a spoon and just lick it off slowly… better than candy!
Recently a friend of mine gave me a jar of honey. About a week later he asked me if I had tried any and if were good. “How did it taste?” he asked. I wanted to joke with him and I said, “Sweet, of course, You didn’t expect it to be anything else did you.”
In the time of Jesus a child would begin his schooling at the synagogue around the age of six years old. The Jews took the education of their children serious, and that education centered on the Law, the Word of God. Josephus, the Jewish historian who wrote shortly after the time of Jesus, made this statement, “Above all else we pride ourselves in the education of our children.”
The first level of schooling was for children age 6-10 and was called “Bet Sefer” or “the house of the book”. The Talmud states, “Under the age of six we do not receive a child as a pupil, from six upwards we accept him and stuff him (with Torah) like an ox!” The first day of class the Rabbi would provide an object lesson for his students. He would give each child their slate on which they would later learn to read and write. He would then pour a bit of honey on their slate. He would have the child run his fingers through the honey and then lick his fingers. The Rabbi would then say, “May the words of God be like honey on your tongue.”
Honey was a treasure for many children. It was rare and expensive. If a child was form a poor family it is likely that this might be the first taste of honey the child had ever experienced. Can you image tasting honey for the first time and comparing it to the word of God? The Rabbi’s desire was to create a hunger for God’s Word so that each child would learn and memorize it.
Honey was often a sign of God’s favor and represented His Word. Honey is mentioned 56 times in the Bible. Ezekiel was told to eat a scroll which represented God’s Word, and as he did it was “sweetness to his mouth” (Ezekiel 3:1-4). David writes in Psalm 119:103, “How sweet are your words to my taste, Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Let’s Read Psalm 19:7-14 together.
God’s word to me is better than honey on a biscuit. It helps me keep my feet on the right path. It calls me to repent when I fail. It brings great reward to my life.
So how is your honey? Is God’s word sweet in your mouth? Do you hunger for his word?
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your word. Thank you for putting in us a desire and a hunger for the sweet truths that are contained within. Let your word lead us in the path of righteousness. Let it reveal to us when we go astray. May your word bring us the rich reward of heaven and fellowship with you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
We are challenging everyone to learn 4 new verses by the end of June. I hope you will join us for this challenge. Psalm 119:103 is another great verse to memorize. Let us know how you are doing. I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.