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1 Sep 2008

 

September 1, 2008

 

 

This document uses the Holy Bible as a reference to show what God wants us to know.  Traditional teachings are not referenced.  Only the words of the Bible are used to answer the question.

 

 

 

Question: Why does Emmanuel in Isaiah Chapter 7 Eat Butter and Honey?

 

Answer:  This document will explain a variety of concepts in the Bible some of which may not appear to be related to this question.  However, all concepts are needed for the understanding of what the Spirit of God is saying in Isaiah 7.  Even though some concepts in this documents may bring up unanswered questions, this document will solely explain the message in Isaiah 7 concerning butter and honey.  Other concepts or questions that may arise in this document will be explained as additional documents are added to our website.

 

 

The book of Isaiah is the vision of Isaiah. It says this in the first chapter of Isaiah. The vision is written in story and parable form.  These literature forms use stories and symbolic references to portray a picture which then sends a message.  The messages within this book are for people throughout history and for us today to use and learn from. It will be helpful to read Isaiah Chapter 7.  This chapter of Isaiah is quoted at the end of this document or reference.

 

Isaiah chapter 7 starts out talking about a war towards Jerusalem. Jerusalem is Ahaz’s land.  The LORD is talking to Ahaz and telling him to fear not, because the ones warring against you will not prevail but will be broken.   The LORD tells Ahaz that if he doesn’t believe that they will be broken then “ye shall not be established”; “ye” meaning Ahaz.  The LORD wants Ahaz to truly believe that they will not prevail against him so the LORD tells Ahaz to ask for a sign so that he will surely believe and “be established”.  Ahaz doesn’t want to temp (test) the Lord, so he says he will not ask for this sign.  But God does not want to “weary” (God does not want to worry about it, but wants to be confident Ahaz will believe). To be sure that Ahaz will be established, the Lord will give him a sign to ensure his belief).  

 

The word for sign here is the Hebrew word “owth” which means a sign, distinguishing mark, or warning.  This is the same word that is used for the mark of Cain in Genesis 4:15.  This word represents something that will not be missed, by anyone. 

 

 

 

Isaiah 7:

[13] And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
[14] Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
[15] Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
[16] For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

 

The story of Ahaz is a story that contains significant meaning for us today.  Some believe this is one of the key prophesies concerning Jesus (of the New Testament) and his “virgin” birth. [Whoever Jesus may really be] The prophesy represents a number of things.  In its representation of Jesus, it represents us as a people.  The virgin birth has great meaning in the Bible and outside of the Bible (other ancient religions and ancient manuscripts).  The New Testament describes Jesus’ physical birth as being one of a virgin (the well known Virgin Mary).  In the New Testament, Jesus is portrayed as and represents the Son of God and is the Christ.  .

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Either literally or symbolically, Immanuel can represent Jesus.  Their names are not the same because Immanuel is a representation (symbol) of Jesus, who can also represent us.

 

Rom.8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Rom.12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

1Cor.12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Eph.5: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 

These are scriptures that that clearly say that “we are” the body of Christ. There are additional scriptures not listed that also say we are the “body” of Christ. From these quotes, it is shown that the Bible clearly says that BODY OF CHRIST = US (GOD’S CHURCH).  It doesn’t say that we symbolize the body of Christ, but that we ARE the body of Christ. The word “body” used here is the same word that is used throughout the New Testament when it is speaking of a body.  This body is not necessarily a fleshly body, but in story form it can be used to represent a person’s body (e.g. Luke.23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.) Note that the word used for the body of Christ is also the same word used for the body of Jesus throughout the Bible.

“We” spoken of in the above scriptures is to represent all those who are called to be the body of Christ.  This “we” that is the “body of Christ” is all of us who are the Church of God. There is significance in the fact that we are the body of Christ.

 

Isaiah 7 speaks of a child that will be born of a virgin.  Some of the stories of Jesus in the New Testament explain Jesus as being born of Virgin.  These scriptures are not specifically listed here, but Matthew and Luke imply that Mary was a virgin. Please review these scriptures if necessary.  What this means is that the Jesus referenced and spoken of in the New Testament has something in common with Immanuel in Isaiah 7; namely they were both born of a supposed virgin. 

 

From John 30:21 (and other chapters in John) we hear that Jesus is Christ. And we have learned from scriptures above that we are the body of Christ.  If the child [born of a virgin] in Isaiah 7 symbolizes Jesus, this child can also be used to represent Christ, the body of Christ, the Church of God, or US.  Let us say that again in another way to make sure what is being said is clearly understood.   The child in Isaiah 7 symbolizes Jesus, who is Christ, and the body of Christ [which is us, the tangible whole of Christ].  We now explain how Isaiah can be and should be applied to the body of Christ which is to say, us.

 

The vision in Isaiah 7 is representing how Ahaz (who can represent a people, us) needs the sign to be able to “believe” and be established (be faithful).  The sign is not only the child born of a virgin (to represent the child Jesus, born of a virgin) but it is a child who needs to eat butter and honey that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.  This means that there will be a time when this child does not know how to choose the good, but must first eat butter and honey in order to have the ability to do so.  The New Testament does not apparently speak of the need for “Christ” to eat butter and honey, but it does if you look closely. [Please note that the depth and meaning of the “sign” of the virgin birth itself will be discussed in a separate document.  This document will focus on the need for butter and honey. However, we did need to show how Immanuel can represent us, and we have done that by the fact that we are the body of Christ.]

 

The New and Old Testaments both use tangible visible earthly items (i.e. food, butter, milk etc) to symbolize and help us to understand the things of the spirit (invisible things). As the Bible says “Romans 1:20… the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made…”.  Milk is frequently used symbolically in the Bible.  The Old Testament says in Isaiah 28:9-13 “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.”  Also here in Isaiah 28, the scriptures are talking about a people who are confused at the word of the Lord because “they would not hear” (they cannot comprehend). Verse 13 says “But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken”. This scripture also says that “with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people”. The word of the Lord is spoken and/or written in a manner to confuse those that are not “weaned from the milk”. This writing style is intentional.  These people spoken of in Isaiah 28 would not hear of God’s good news (the news of his rest) so God uses complicated writings (the word of the LORD)  so that they would get confused and never be able to “hear” (comprehend) until they are “weaned from the milk”.  Isaiah 28:12 ” To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

 

Isaiah 28 says we must no longer use “milk” in order to understand the doctrine.  Being weaned purposefully refers to and compares babies and those that are grown enough to be “weaned”.  The weaning from milk/breasts is symbolic. 

 

 

The New Testament also uses milk in reference to the word of the Lord.

 

 1Peter2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”

 

Here it is saying that there is some sort of “sincere milk” of the word [of the Lord].   The word of the Lord itself can be milk (symbolically of course), it is this same milk that we are to be weaned from in Isaiah 28.  This may appear be a paradox (and untrue), but it can be understood vividly if looked at closely.  Babies are symbolic for people who are still new in learning the word.   This same word of the LORD (milk), that we need when we are just starting out in the word, is the same word we need to be weaned from and no longer use (eat of) as we grow in the word.  Again, as it says here, it is the newborn babies that desire and need the milk of the word.  The babies represent those that are unlearned and unknowledgeable in the word.  They are babies and need the “milk” of the word because that is all they can understand or grasp (eat and keep down for nourishment).  We know that human babies can only eat milk.  People who study the bible are compared to babies, symbolically.

 

 

1Cor.3:1-2 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

 

1 Corinthians 1-2 is explaining that Paul can not speak spiritually to the people.  The people that can not (are “not able to bear it”) understand the spiritual aspects of the word have to be fed with “milk”.  They have to be taught with simple tangible concepts (milk).  Being spoken to with tangible concepts or being fed with milk means they have to be spoken to with carnally minded fleshly teachings, or teachings that produce touchable results.  Those that are carnal use and understand the fleshly physical examples or stories of the word (milk).  While those that are spiritual use and understand the intangible things in the word (meat (the word meat here means solid food)).  From 1 Corinthians 3 we see that not everyone is able to bear the spiritual concepts.  Just as a baby will vomit (or make sick) solid food before they are ready, we will reject spiritual concepts if our mind and soul has not yet been slowing made ready. A baby is slowly fed small amounts of solid food over time until they eventually are weaned from milk. Of course some people continue to drink milk throughout their lives, but it is not needed for sustenance. Cheese, butter, and other cultured milk products are adequate and even better for us as adults.  The Bible uses tangible food substances that people (babies and adults) can handle physically to symbolize what Bible prophesies we, the children of God, are able to grasp and understand at different stages of understanding the word. Spiritually we are to grow in the word and move from milk to meat, or carnal to spiritual.  We are to slowly give up our bottle of milk until we are fully weaned from the milk, and no longer use it.

 

Heb.5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

Here in Hebrews it says that those that use the milk of the word are “unskillful” in the word of righeousness.  Paul is saying that there are those that should be learned in the word enough to teach but are still having a hard time grasping even the foundational principles of God (first principles) which are the basic spiritual concepts.  Because these people cannot grasp the spiritual principles they have to go back to eating milk [of the word].  Milk is all they can handle, and it is all they can understand.  Even though these people may have the Bible memorized (they drink milk all day long), they are still unskilled in the “word of righteousness.   Which can also mean that the person who uses milk is probably very very skilled in the word (milk of the word), but is not skilled at all in the doctrine necessary to produce righteousness. 

 

Now that we have taken a look at the milk of the word of God, we will now go on to explain what the milk of the word is and how this relates to Isaiah 7.   When the Bible is taken as the word of the LORD or the word of God, it is understood to be very powerful and meaningful.  1 Corinthians 3:1-2 clearly says, the things of the word that are milk are carnal and the things that are meat are spiritual.  A way to explain 1 Corinthians 3 is to say that concepts of the word that pertain to the things of the flesh (carnal, physical, tangible, fleshly world) are milk and the concepts that help us understand ideas beyond things that pertain to the fleshly world are spiritual and therefore not milk.   When we read the Bible and we see the physical tangible world explanation, we are using milk. However, remember we have to first see it as a “real world” story (or a story that happens in our flesh bound world) so that we can begin to relate to the story.  This is how we grow as babies in the word.  We “desire the sincere milk of the word”.  We first have to hear the stories in a carnal arrangement and we are able to comprehend the story because of our innate ability to function in this physical world. We can first relate to tangible carnal stories because we live tangible lives through the five senses (sight, hear, touch, smell, taste) that our physical flesh bound body uses. The carnal mind uses the five senses to understand and absorb information in this physical world.  We hear the “sincere milk of the word” and it is branded in our mind as tangible (carnal) stories.  However, that is just the beginning of understanding.

 

The word of God tells us that it is imperative that we move on from these initial carnal understandings and grow to spiritual understandings.  The first step we (as humans) take in beginning to understand the things of God is to first see a story or concept in a tangible way.  The way we first know how to get information into our minds is through our physical five senses, or through tangible objects or people.  That is how our physical minds operate.  We appear to be tangible beings living in this fleshly earth, so we need to first see stories or ideas that we can understand in this world.  But that does not necessarily mean the tangible idea is to be understood as truth, it is simply a pathway our minds have to follow to get to a higher intangible level of understanding.  Our minds have to begin first at tangible, and them move to intangible.  We first read the Bible and understand it for what it is saying plainly (milk), then we use this plain tangible concept to represent something else that we cannot hear, see, taste, touch, or smell with our five senses. We have then used the tangible world to understand an intangible world.  It is an allegory method that is absolutely necessary for our ability to understand doctrine. When we read a Bible story or concept and we project it onto something outside of our physical worldly understanding we are beginning to be weaned of the milk and are moving to the spirit.

 

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

1Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

 

1Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

The scriptures above help to clarify what we have already said above.  Romans 1:20 above says that the invisible things of God are seen and understood by the visible things (things that are made). In other words, we are to use tangible concepts to understand intangible concepts.

 

From 1 Corinthians 15:46 is says that the natural comes first (the carnal understanding) and then afterward the spiritual. We are first born a natural physical fleshly man, but we are to be changed later into a spiritual man with spiritual understanding.

 

And from 1 Corinthians 2;14 we learn that when someone is dwelling as a natural man and understanding concepts as a natural (carnal) man, the spiritual concepts are foolishness.  They are foolishness because the carnal man that is still living and understanding as he was when he was born into this fleshly world simply cannot grasp or handle the spiritual understanding.  The carnal man is still a baby, spiritually, and can only understand milk (carnal concepts).  It must be the law of nature.

 

God is telling us we have to use our five senses, our experiences, and yes Bible stories, to get a tangible conceptual understanding, but we are to not cling to these tangible stories forever, but we are to use the tangible concept or story to understand and grow to the spiritual side.  We are to use the stories in the Bible as stepping stones to a higher spiritual understanding.  These stories are absolutely necessary for our initial growth (i.e. babies have to have milk), but we have to be weaned from the tangible concept and move onto something with more sustenance for our spiritual growth.   If we do not move onto something with more sustenance, we simply remain as “babies” and remain “unskilled in the word”.   Most people have a hard time letting go of their “bottle of milk” (their carnal bible stories and carnal understandings, “sincere milk of the word”).  They feel secure with it, as it can be difficult to wean a baby from their mother’s breast.  God doesn’t say it is easy, and we all need help with it.  And each person is weaned at their own speed.  But no matter how comforting and supporting the bottle of milk (possibly bible stories we learned in Sunday school) may be to us, it must be no longer used if we are to grow spiritually.

 

Not only do we see the representation of tangible babies and their milk in the Bible, but we can also take a closer look at tangible real milk from the cow and see some other important spiritual concepts.  Raw milk from the cow will separate itself when allowed to sit still and settle for a period of time.  The cream rises to the top and become separate from the thin milk. The word of God can be seen in a similar manner and understood in a similar way.  When we let the word and its tangible concepts (milk) sit for a period of time within us, it will begin to separate and we will begin to see the separation in the word of God.  The particles of the milk of the word of God will begin to show separations (contradictions and oppositions) within itself.  Within the word of God itself, the separation will happen.  We will see it happen right in front of our own spiritual eyes.  But the only way someone will see this happen and admit that there is differing or opposing  concepts (the parts of the word separate only when compared as milk (tangible)) within the Bible itself, is if they quit mixing every Bible teaching together (as if they should go together)  and let the natural process of separation begin. This separation will become apparent when we become aware of this “milk” nature of the word, can understand the Bible with a natural carnal mind, and yet are also beginning to understand the spiritual side all at the same time. We need to look for the separation of the milk, to help us know what the milk of the word is.  These separations are necessary for us to see, so we can understand when we are using it as milk, but should rather be looking at the spiritual side (which causes the contradictions vanish, to be weaned of milk).

 

Another spiritual idea from milk that we must understand is that once the milk of the word has separated and we see the opposing ideas, we can take the higher thicker more sustaining part of the milk (the cream of the word of God) and use it to create spiritual food. In other words, we use tangibly understood processes (using milk to make butter) of everyday life in this world to understand the things we must do spiritually (spiritual processes that must happen for spiritual growth and understanding). The cream of the word is taken and churned until butter is formed.  This butter is the spiritual food that Immanuel must eat that he may refuse the evil and choose the good.  Immanuel must take the settled out milk of the word, lift off the cream and convert that cream into a spiritual food that was intended for us to consume in spiritual adulthood.   Immanuel must be weaned of milk to be able to eat butter.  He must be weaned from carnally minded concepts. He must no longer use the “milk of the word”.  Butter is something that is made from milk. Butter is not milk itself, but it is a solid food (meat from 1Cor 3) that is taken from milk (carnal word of God).  Butter should be seen as a spiritual concept that is made by the transformation of the carnal tangible word of God.  The tangible concept is transformed into the intangible concept (the spirit).  The sincere milk of the word (carnal) is transformed into the butter of the word (spirit).   This is so deep and amazing; we can’t help but be astonished at these meanings.  We need to be weaned from the milk, but we don’t discard the milk altogether, but we let is settle and transform the milk into solid food.  This solid food helps us to continue to grow in the word of God.   So we no longer use milk (Hebrews 5:12) and are unskilled, but we used strong solid food (butter) in our discussions and for our understanding.   This concept could also be used with cheese or curds; the transformation of the milk into a solid food for adulthood.

 

There are many examples we can give to reveal the teachings, stories, and ideas in the word that are very much carnal and should be considered “milk” of the word of God.   However, one big example is the fact that there are many different religions (that use the same Bible) who use the “milk” of the word and have their very own explanation on what the milk of the word is saying.  This is because the milk teachings of the word many times do not correspond with other concepts and teachings in the Bible.  The milk of the word separates within itself and will also cause separation. This is very well observable by just recognizing all the different religions, beliefs, and ideas from the Bible; again this is because it is milk and it separates into opposing particles.  The separation even separates people amongst themselves in a single family.

 

Two other examples that show how the “milk” of the word can bring about carnal thinking are the examples on our website, http://www.serviceforyourchurch.com/example_cain_able.html .

 

The Cain and Abel example can be seen, carnally, as a historic story that says that Cain is an evil man who has a physical mark on him.  He is an evil man who killed his brother and was sent to a land of wandering.  So we must come from the line of Seth.  This story can be seen and understood to represent something that actually happened which would teach us that God does not respect some types of fleshly offerings, and this was the first murder on earth. OR we can see this story, spiritually, with a higher spiritual message for us which tell us we need to give our lives to God as living sacrifices. [You must read this example on our website to understand how we are comparing the two different interpretation methods, please read the examples on the above website to see the spiritual rather than carnal interpretation of this subject).  If we read the Cain and Abel example carnally we can get confused, because later on in the Bible during Moses’ time, God does accept fruit of the ground as an offering.  So this would seemingly be a contradiction.  We also get confused with the literal interpretation since we cannot figure out why God had no respect for Cain and his offering.  Only when we look at the representation concerning the order of their births and the symbolic meaning of their offerings do we see what God is saying to us.  This example of Cain and Abel plainly shows two different possible methods of understanding the word; physical worldly mind understanding (literally), or spiritually such that the story represent a deeper message (allegorically).  In this case it is plain to see that the allegorical way of understanding is much more meaningful for us and our salvation, and it also corresponds with the rest of the Bible, no separation.  The physical literal interpretation only separates itself from the rest of the Bible when it is allowed to settle with the rest of the Bible.

 

The Discussion on Women in the Church, an example on our website, is another prime example of what happens when someone reads the Bible as milk and uses it as milk (carnally).  Please read the Discussion on Women in Church example on our website listed above.  This example document gives a spiritual interpretation of scriptures that talk about women in the Church.  The literal interpretation of these scriptures is very confusing and contradictory of other scriptures in the Bible.  When Paul’s writings are taken literally (as milk), fleshly human women are disgraced and made to be silent in the church and they are made to be a lower stature than men.  However, when the carnal concepts of women in the Church (milk of the word) are taken and then transformed into a spiritual message we see how this teaching applies to each of us, because each of us have a soul that has been deceived and should be silent and listen to the Lord for guidance in the Church.

 

The word of God uses the natural processes and things of the world to help us understand the eternal power of God and the invisible things of God.  However, we must remember this is the method of communication that is used in the word of God.  We grow as babies grow, and we must not allow the method of communication in the word to confound and confuse us.   The word must be handled carefully because it is two sided.  One side shows through the natural and the other side the spiritual.

 

Hebrew 4:10-12 “ For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

”.  Isaiah 28:12 ” To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

 

John 8:47 “He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”

 

John 12:47 “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

 

From Hebrews 4:10 we see the word “rest”.   This rest is very important for us to understand.  When we have entered into rest, we have stopped doing what our carnal mind wants to do and are allowing God to direst our path.  Then Hebrews 4 goes onto so say that if we do not enter into rest, we will not believe.  From John 12:47 we understand that we must first “hear” before we can “believe”.  From John 8:47 we understand that those that are of God (are born of God or is with God in spirit), are the ones that can “hear” God’s words (the word of God).  Now the word used for “hearing” in these passages does not mean physically hearing with one’s ears, but it means to comprehend the word of God with ones mind.    Isaiah 28:12 speaks of a “rest”, which is the same rest spoken of in Hebrews 4:10.   This rest spoken of this the finishing of our works and the beginning of God’s work [in us].   Isaiah 28 goes onto say (as we have explained at the beginning of this document), that those that would not hear and comprehend the “rest” would read the word of God as it would be “….here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken…”  But it is those that are “wean from the milk and drawn from the breasts”, that will understand doctrines.  And Hebrews 4:10-12 continues on to say something very similar to Isaiah 28.  It says those that do not comprehended the “rest” need to be careful with the word of God because the “word of God” is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit”.  This two sided word of God that we read will cut and hurt us if we read and grasp onto it wrongfully (milk). 

 

These concepts explained above are the basis for the understanding of Isaiah 7.  Isaiah 7 is also a natural story (milk of the word) that we must first understand in a tangible way.  God is adamant that a sign must be given to so that Ahaz will “believe”.  This child, Immanuel, does not innately know how to refuse the evil and choose the good.  It says he must eat butter and honey that he know.  Literally this story brings little wisdom about why Immanuel must eat butter.  But as we open our spiritual eyes to see the other side of the sword (word of God), we are posed with a message of a process that Immanuel must do to gain wisdom of choice.  Again, remember from our explanation above, Immanuel represents the Jesus who is Christ, who is the Body of Christ, who is US.  This process represented in Isaiah 7 is also a process for us to go through so that we also may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.  This process is the eating of butter and honey.  The act of eating butter is of course not a literal action, but is an allegorical action that each member of the body of Christ must perform.  The butter symbolizes a spiritual food that comes from the word of God; the same word of God that is symbolized by “milk” throughout the Bible.  The sincere milk of the word is transformed into the solid nourishment that we live by.  Some say this word “butter” used in Isaiah 7 should be curds.  Well, either way it contains the same spiritual message for us.

 

Immanuel also eats honey.  The message that the word gives us must be sweet as honey is to our palette and therefore sweet to our mind and senses.  The word of God is good news. It should never be gruesome or bitter-sweet after the doctrine is understood correctly. It should bring us to righteousness.  It should be pure spiritual sweetness.  The spiritual food of the word must be “sweet as honey”.  God is merciful, and his message to us is one of peace and sweetness.

 

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

 

Psalm 119:103-104  How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

 

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

 

 

The word of God, when understood spiritually rather than carnally will bring sweetness to the soul and health to the bones; which this sweetness is also shown in the example on our website concerning women in the church.  There are different methods to interpret Paul’s writings concerning women.  One is a carnally minded method which brings silence and confusion to human women in the church, and the other method is a spiritual understanding of our soul’s responsibility in the church which brings enlightenment and awareness to everyone of who really should be silent.  This brings understanding that brings sweetness for everyone.

 

The message of the need for butter and honey in Isaiah 7 is one for us today.  Once we transform the “milk of the word” into butter of spiritual righteousness, the message of God becomes sweet words to our mind’s taste buds.  We are truly glorified in the righteousness of God.  HOW SWEET!!!!

 

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Isaiah.7 (King James Version)

[1] And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
[2] And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
[3] Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shear-jashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
[4] And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
[5] Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
[6] Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
[7] Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
[8] For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
[9] And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
[10] Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
[11] Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
[12] But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
[13] And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
[14] Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
[15] Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
[16] For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
[17] The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
[18] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
[19] And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
[20] In the same day shall the Lord shave with a rasor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
[21] And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
[22] And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.
[23] And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns.
[24] With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
[25] And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.

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