EAT THE WORD
“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.” Jeremiah 15:16
The Passover was a significant moment in Israel’s history. Having been in Egypt for four hundred and thirty years, God delivered them from Pharaoh’s grip by a sheer display of power using ten plagues.
The last of the plagues was the death of every firstborn in Egypt. To distinguish between the house of the Israelite and the Egyptian, God instituted an ordinance. He asked that each house kill a ram, sprinkle the blood on the lintel and eat the flesh.
For the most part we’ve majored on the blood sprinkled on the lintels because God said of the angel of death that would pass the land that he would pass over any house which had blood on it.
“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)
But there’s another element to the Passover that’s usually not discussed. It’s the flesh. God asked that they eat the flesh of the ram.
“And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.” (Exodus 12:11)
It’s key to note that Jesus is our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) and that all these were a type and shadow of the coming Christ.
The shed blood procured life but the Passover was in the eating of the flesh.
In essence, if the blood was shed and applied without eating the flesh, death would have passed over but would have remained in the land of captivity.
This is the true state of a lot of Christians. Because of the shed blood and their faith in it, they have received the life of God but they still live in bondage to sickness, sin and demons. They are still in Egypt. The Passover is in the eating of the flesh.
No wonder Jesus said in John 6:55-56, “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.”
The Jews were enraged when they heard this. But his flesh is the Word.
Redemption came by blood but Passover by the flesh.
As we eat the Word, we receive strength and wisdom to Passover from sickness to health, from poverty to wealth, from confusion to wisdom…
No wonder Jeremiah said in our text, ‘thy words were found and I did eat them’
Thank you Heavenly Father for the provision of Your word. I declare that as I eat the word in study, prayer and Meditation that I am invigorated with strength, wisdom and that my life mirrors God’s original intent for me, In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24