TO CHEW OR NOT TO CHEW…
Being in my new home with a loving family is a lot of fun! However, I also get into A LOT of mischief! Remember how the past couple of days I shared about my experiences of obedience and things we should not do? Well, today is a do not and a do at the same time.
I LOVE TO CHEW!!! I will chew on just about anything and everything, from mom’s house shoes, to cardboard boxes, to chew toys, and sometimes even you. But I bet if you think about it enough, you too see you like to chew, and on a lot of different things as well. There are some that are good, some not so good. There are some that will kill you (and me), and some that will heal you. Today we will be talking about the latter.
You see, part of you being obedient to God is spending time with Him; in prayer, devotion, prayer, reading his word, going to church to fellowship with other believers, etc. And here is the dangerous part, not many take as much time as they should doing these things! Why? Because you are busy eating, chewing, even devouring the things of this world! Things that can and will eventually kill you!
Today, I Calvin, am going to try and teach you a little Greek 😉
There are two words we can use when we are referring to chewing and the Word of God. the first word is trōgō (strongs 5176), which means to gnaw, chew, or eat. It is used in John 6:54-58 four times when speaking of eating the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ during physical communion. Should we not also heed in obedience and gnaw, eat, and chew on the Word of God daily, and in the same like manner?
The other Greek word is katesthió (strongs 2719) is a word that means to devour, or eat until it is finished, leaving nothing; ferociously consume all the way down (kinda like I do my rawhide chewies!) This Greek word is used in the scriptures like the one above in Jeremiah 15:16 as well as Ezekiel 3:1-3 and Revelation 10:8-10.
Like me being adopted by this loving family, you too that are saved, have been adopted by a gracious, merciful, loving, kind God. One that sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man, in the flesh, yet without sin, to save some through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary. Not only that, He has given us so much in the promises in this life, but even more so in a heavenly inheritance awaiting us one day in heaven. We would; know more, trust more, love more, be humbled more, be gracious more, increase our faith more, and in all of these things, be a more mature Christian in doing so. So again, why don’t we? Let us take and repent of our chasing after the things of the world and run to Him who first loved us, that we can daily eat in fellowship with Him, in the reading and devouring of His Word.