EZEKIEL 3:1-3: “Then he told me, “Son of Man, eat! Eat what you see—this scroll—and then go talk to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth and he fed me the scroll. Then he told me, “Son of Man, fill your stomach and digest this scroll that I’m giving you.” So I ate it, and it was like sweet honey in my mouth.” (ISV)
OBSERVATION: Am I willing to “eat” God’s Word? This may sound absurd, but this is exactly what the Lord told Ezekiel to do. The Lord gave the scroll of His Word to Ezekiel and he said – “Son of Man, eat!” It is hard for me to contextualize this into a common every day observance. When was the last time someone handed you a Bible and said – “Son of Man, eat!”
Yet isn’t this exactly what Jesus said to the enemy of our souls, when He was tempted in the wilderness?
- “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 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.’” (Matthew 4:1-4 NKJV)
And in John 6, Jesus made it even more personal.
- “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35 NKJV)
Jesus came to this earth as the express image of the Father. Everything the Father said, Jesus said. Everything the Father did, Jesus did. Jesus did not come to do away with some of the law. Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Jesus came to affirm – ALL OF GOD’S WORD!
- “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20 NKJV)
So, I am faced once again with my original question. Am I willing to “eat the scroll”? Am I willing to look at the whole counsel of God, the entire revelation of Scripture, and embrace the Scriptures that bring me joy, and also the Scriptures that call me to the cross? We live in a “promise verse” Christian culture. We pick and choose the verses we like, and dismiss the verses that either make us uncomfortable, or that we disagree with. However, when you “eat the scroll” – you cannot pick and choose!
Now, no one is advocating that we literally “eat” our Bibles. However, if we are not spiritually “eating the scroll” – we are not truly and fully partaking of the “Bread of Life”. We are not called to follow a “Jesus Light,” or a Jesus of our own making. We are called to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. We are called into full communion with Him – both in the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings. We only achieve that when we live in the full counsel of God’s Word – for Jesus is the Word of God! Paul eloquently prayed,
- “…That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11 NKJV)
In days filled with evil and violence, when the hearts of men are growing cold, and when believers seem to lack both the power of God and the perseverance of faith – we need to “eat the scroll!” We need to pay the price of full and complete discipleship. This only comes when we surrender fully to the “whole counsel” of God’s Word.
Lord, fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit of truth. Guide me in the Scriptures to both understand Your “full counsel,” and understanding give me the grace to immediately and joyfully obey. Help me walk in both the power, humility, and wisdom of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
In Jesus Name!