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May 30, 2007

Chapter-a-Day Ezekiel 3

He told me, "Son of man, eat what you see. Eat this book. Then go and speak to the family of Israel." As I opened my mouth, he gave me the scroll to eat, saying, "Son of man, eat this book that I am giving you. Make a full meal of it!" So I ate it. It tasted so good—just like honey. Ezekiel 3:1-3 (TM)

I came home last night from a long day of meetings to find that Wendy had made an incredible dinner for us. Roast salmon, wild rice, homemade italian bread with the perfect white wine to compliment the meal. For dessert there was a succulent, fruity Margarita cake. The candles were lit and good music was playing. It wasn't fast food. It wasn't a quick bite. It was a meal to be enjoyed - each bite savoured. It was the kind of meal that nourishes your body and your soul. You sit back from the table at the end of the meal and feel full in more ways than one.

God uses the metaphor of food multiple times. He tells us to "taste and see that the Lord is good" - and he compares His relationship with us to a a long, enjoyable meal together (Rev 3:20). It's a great word picture. Scripture isn't just to be snacked on - it's to be savoured, chewed and digested. God's word should get to the very heart of our being where it can nourish us - body, mind and spirit. It begs the question: When it  comes to God's message - am I a spiritual fast-food junkie - or a spiritual gourmet?


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