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Taste God! What does this mean?? I have taken several verses and Passages from the Bible to try to explain the difference between physical and spiritual things. Many people have trouble understanding the following Scriptures.

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (KJV) Do you think that David is referring to physical "taste" buds? Do you think he actually meant physically eating God? God is a Spirit (John 4:24), how could we literally "eat" a spirit?

When Jesus said: Matthew 4:4 . . . . It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (KJV) He didnít mean God has an actual mouth, since God is a Spirit. If we physically ate the pages of the Bible, that could in no way bring Godís Truth to our hearts. Both David and Jesus were using material (physical) things to lead us into spiritual reality. All we as humans know is a world which we can see. As long as we remain in our physical bodies, descriptions of common physical things are the only thing available for teaching us heavenly things.

Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. [8] The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. [9] The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. [10] More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. [11] Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (KJV) What a beautiful Passage! The law of the Lord is . . . sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb! When people think of the law, they usually think of something that restricts us. But here, itís the opposite! Godís law revives us, makes us wise, gives joy to the heart, gives light to the eyes, warns us, and rewards us. Godís laws are guides and lights for our path, not chains on our hands and feet. And His law is sweeter than honey to our souls. How wonderful this is!

Psalm 42:1-2 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. [2] My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (KJV) Just as the PHYSICAL life of a deer depends on water, so our SPIRITUAL lives depend on God. A thirsty deer pants for physical water. Our thirsty spiritual soul should pant for God. Our soul has no need for physical water. We are to drink of God by faith spiritually. When we seek Him and thirst (Mat.5:6) to understand Him, we shall have never-ending life in His Presence.

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. (KJV) Godís Words should sustain believers. They should bring great joy to us. They should be our heartís delight, for we bear His Name. But, sad to say, Godís Words, Godís Holy Bible is far from the minds and hearts of many "professing" Christians. Just as our Lord stated, only a "few" today really know what Godís true Word "tastes" like! When we hunger spiritually and "eat His Words" we are filled (Mat.5:6), and our hearts rejoice giving us tremendous joy.

Ezekiel 3:1-3 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. [2] So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. [3] And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. (KJV) In his vision, Ezekiel ate Godís message and found this spiritual food not only good for him, but also sweet as honey (also see Rev. 10:8-10). If you "digest" Godís Word (spiritually), you will find that not only does it make you stronger in your faith, but its wisdom also sweetens your life. You need to feed yourself spiritually as much or more, as you do physically. This means doing more than simply giving Godís message a casual glance. Digest what you read, digest what you study! You must make digesting Godís Word a regular part of your life. The "roll" here s NOT a bread roll, but the scroll of that day. Ezekiel said that he ate it (spiritually), and it was just like cake. That is what the Word of God is to the believer.

In Proverbs 16:24 we are told: "Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." In Psalm 119, the psalm which glories the Word of God, we find: "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth" (Ps. 119:103). We do NOT actually eat the pages of the Bible! We eat them spiritually! We hunger for them!

John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: [14] But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (KJV) The water that Christ offers us has nothing to do with quenching our physical thirst, but, we are to drink it! "Drinking" it shows us we have a responsibility, a choice to make. Jesus abundantly supplies all the spiritual water of life we will ever need, but, we must be willing to reach out and take it and drink it or our spiritual thirst will not be quenched. He provides the water, we must drink it!

Many spiritual capacities are like physical capacities. Just as our bodies hunger and thirst, so do our souls deep within us. Our bodies need physical food and water in order for us to survive; and our souls need spiritual food and water. The woman at the well was confused with the two kinds of water; the physical water that she drew each day from the well, and the spiritual water which Jesus spoke to her about. We would not think of depriving our bodies of physical food and water when we hunger or thirst. Why would we deprive our souls of spiritual food and water? The living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written Word, the Bible, can satisfy our hungry and thirsty souls. The woman wrongly believed that if she received the water Jesus offered, she would not have to return to the well each day. The woman did not understand right away what Jesus was talking about. See: Spirit and Truth.

John 6:47-51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. [48] I am that bread of life. [49] Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. [50] This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. [51] I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (KJV)

Believe here means "continue believing." We do not believe just once and thatís it; we keep on believing in and trusting Jesus. Jesus referred to the manna that Moses had given their ancestors in the desert (Ex.16). This bread was physical and temporary. The people ate it, and it sustained them for the day. But they had to get more bread the next day, and this bread could not keep them from dying. Jesus, who is much greater than Moses, offers Himself as the spiritual Bread from Heaven that satisfies completely and leads to eternal life. Most people today will not take the time to "feed on Christ." It does take time to read, study and meditate on Godís Word. It does take time to communicate with God in sincere prayer and "feed" upon the "living bread." But the more time we spend on our relationship with the Lord, the sweeter He becomes to our taste.

John 6:52-58 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? [53] Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. [54] Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. [55] For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. [56] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. [57] As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. [58] This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. (KJV) The Flesh and Blood of the Son of Man, means Christ and Him crucified, and the redemption that was worked out by Him, which includes all the precious benefits of redemption; pardon of sin, acceptance with God, the way to the throne of grace, the promises of the covenant and eternal life. These are called the Flesh and Blood of Christ, because they were purchased by the breaking of His Body and the shedding of His Blood on the cross at Calvary, for us. These precious benefits are meat and drink to our souls. Eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood means trusting and believing in Christ. We partake of Christ and His marvelous benefits by faith. The thirsty soul finds peace, joy and comfort, and encourages true holiness, in the Redeemer, God manifest in the flesh. As we meditate on the cross of Christ, it produces repentance, humility, love, and gratitude within us. We live by Him, just as our bodies live by our food. Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. These are harsh words He uttered in their ears. It applied to the people in Jesusí time, but my friend, it applies to us today! Unless a person partakes of Christ spiritually, eternal damnation awaits that eternal soul. Jesus makes this crystal clear!

Jesus is preparing these men for that Last Supper and the institution of the Lordís Supper. This certainly is something NOT to be taken literally because He was right there before them. He is NOT saying for them to start to eat Him and to drink His Blood! He is saying that He is going to give up His life. In the Upper Room He made it very clear that the Blood is the symbol of life. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood Ö " (Lev. 17:11). God had taught the Israelites that truth from the very beginning when He called them out of the land of Egypt. At Mount Sinai Moses gives them this great self-evident truth, "the life of the flesh is in the blood," which is also medically (physically) true. The life of the flesh IS in the blood. And Jesus is going to give His life. His Blood will be shed upon the cross and He will give His life.

Salvation (eternal life) is by accepting and receiving Him in a most intimate way. This is the basis for the sacrament of the Lordís Supper. There has been much disagreement among believers in the churches down through the ages over the interpretation of the Lordís Supper. "This is my body." When He gave them the bread at the supper in the Upper Room, He said, " Ö This is my body Ö " (Luke 22:19). There have been different emphases put on that. Catholics puts the emphasis upon this. This is My body. They say that transubstantiation takes place, meaning that the bread becomes the literal Flesh of Christ. I cannot agree with this at all. Our Lord did not teach cannibalism in any way, shape, or form. It is my humble opinion that is a wrong emphasis. Then there are those who have taken the position of the Lutheran church, which is consubstantiation. This means that by, with, in, through, and under the bread you get the Body of Christ. I think that falls short of what our Lord really means. Others take the position it is just a symbol, just a religious ritual, and that is all. Probably that is the interpretation that most of Protestants give to it today. Again, my humble opinion is that I feel that falls far short of the interpretation of the Lordís Supper.

The bread is bread, and it always will be bread. It cannot be changed. The wine is always just what it is, and there is no miracle that takes place there. You do NOT get the Body of Christ by going through the ritual. The Lordís Supper (Communion) is much MORE than a ritual. I believe that the Lordís Supper is bread in your mouth, but Christ in your heart. I truly believe that there is a great spiritual blessing that comes in observing the Lordís Supper.

I think that our Lord Jesus ministers to you spiritually through your obedience in observing the Lordís Supper. There is no hocus-pocus there, neither is it just an idle ritual that we go through. It is meaningful, and it has a wonderful spiritual blessing for our heart and soul. I think that is what our Lord is saying to them here. An intimate, real, sincere relationship with Him is the important thing. When the Israelites ate manna in the wilderness it was only a temporary thing. Jesus offers something that is eternal . . . life which is eternal. We are told at the beginning of this Gospel, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4).

He told them they must not only "eat His Flesh" but "drink His Blood" which could only suggest the idea of His death . . . implied in the separation of oneís flesh from his blood. "My flesh I will give for the life of the world" (John 6:51), it must have been pretty plain to sincere hearers that He meant something far above the repulsive idea which the physical terms expressed. And when He added that they "had no life in them unless they thus ate and drank," it was impossible they should think He meant that the temporary life they were then living was dependent on their eating and drinking His Flesh and Blood. His whole statement was certainly confusing, and doubtless was meant to be so.

Jesus told them: John 6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. (KJV) The people had seen Him, watched Him do miracles time and again, yet they didnít believe!

John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (KJV) Today, we cannot "see" Jesus (physically) as the people did when He walked the Earth as Man. But, there are ways we can definitely "see" Jesus! When we open the Bible and read, He becomes very visible to our hearts and souls! When we have a close relationship with Him, walking in His Light, He becomes very visible to our hearts and souls! Jesus tells us above that those of us who have not seen Him (physically) yet believe, we are truly blessed. Yes! Lord, in so many ways!

Jesus announces some profound truths in the above Passages. Regardless of the disgust of the unteachable (unbelievers), the Truth really conveyed here is that He Himself, in the virtue of His sacrificial death, is the spiritual and eternal life of ALL mankind; and unless people voluntarily and willingly accept His death, and its sacrificial virtue, letting it become the very life and nourishment of their inner man, they have NO spiritual, NO eternal life at all. All they have will be eternal separation from God (2 Thes.1:8-9), eternal agony in an everlasting Hell. His death is of tremendous value to us sinners.

Jesus is Food and Drink to our soul!

Rev. 10:9-10 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. [10] And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. (KJV) Eating the little book means to receive the Word of God with faith. This is the teaching of the Word of God, for in Jeremiah 15:16 we read: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts." Ezekiel does the same thing: "Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness" (Ezek. 3:1Ė3). The part of the Word of God taken by John was judgment. It was sweet because the future of believers is sweet. In Genesis 18:17 we read, "And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do Ö?" God was telling Abraham, "We are friends, and I would like to tell you what I am going to do."

It is sweet to know what God is going to do, but when you find out that judgment is coming, it is bitter. John eagerly received the Word of God, but when he saw that more judgment was to follow, it brought travail of soul and sorrow of heart. It was sweet in his mouth and bitter in his digestive system. If you and I can take delight in reading this section of the Word of God and the judgments that are to fall upon the earth, then we need to do a great deal of praying to get the mind of God. It is very sweet to know the Book of Revelation, and know what God intends to do, but when we know that judgment is coming to the Christ-rejecting world around us, we cannot rejoice in that. The prophecy becomes bitter.

Many people begin the study of prophecy with eagerness, but when they find that it applies to their life and that it makes demands on them personally, they lose interest, and it becomes a bitter thing. Many people say, "I donít want to hear about the Book of Revelation. It scares me!" My friend, it is supposed to do that, but IF you are a believer in Christ, it should be in your mouth sweet as honey. A great many believers are more interested in Antichrist than they are in Christ. Antichristís reign is limited! Christís reign is forever. Itís good to know about Antichrist, but so much better to know Christ personally. Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

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