Eating the Book

Thursday is for Discussion

Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
Lord God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15:16


It is in the nature of things that all created sentient beings (angels and mankind) could not possibly comprehend what it means to be uncreated. We who are contingent beings cannot comprehend what it means to be non-contingent.

God is alone in the universe. He is unique. There is none like Him.

He is holy. 

(Cf. Lev. 11:44, 19:2, 20:26, Deuteronomy 18:13, Matthew 5:48, 1 Peter 1:16)

And we have nearly no clue about what that means.

And that’s why we need His self-revelation to tell us who He is.

Maybe what we need is to read Job 38-39 every day for a month.

We need to meditate on the fact that He is not like us (Psalm 50:21).

Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Yes, we are made in the image and likeness of God.

Yes, we are made a little lower than the angels.

And whatever all that means, it does not dismiss the fact that He who made us is above us and “wholly other” than us.

He is beyond us and dwells in unapproachable light and also in dark and unfathomable regions (Psalm 97:2).

All of which is why we need to “eat the Book.” We need to value it like water in a desert; we need to delight in it like sunshine after the rain; we need to read it like our lives depend on it; and meditate on it to plumb the mysteries of its depths, so that what God reveals in it changes and transforms us into what He desires us to be. We need to do that because what He desires us to be is His method for changing the world and bringing peace, and hope, and justice to the sin-infested violent world in which we live.

He wants His will to be done on earth just as it is in heaven.

And part of that will is that His word would be as valued here as it is in heaven.

Today’s Reading with the Pastor —- 

  • Matthew 11
  • Proverbs 11
  • Psalm 11


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