Tomorrow Ben Stears and I speak about the word of God in week two of The Divine Mentor series. Here is how we kick off the day:
When you come in you will be handed a Bit O Honey and invited to eat it at the beginning of the message. Why?
When Jesus was a little boy, around six years old, he and every other six-year-old Jewish boy went to the local synagogue school called Bet Sefer, which literally means “House of the Book”. On the very first day of school, every single boy would be given their own slate, a personal chalkboard of sorts, that they would be able to write on. And the Rabbi, the teacher, would cover their slate with honey.
With honey, the Rabbi would write the Hebrew alphabet. And each letter of the Hebrew alphabet corresponded with a passage of Scripture. And there, as a six-year-old, you have a slate full of honey sitting in front of you! What a treat! And as the Rabbi would recite what was on the slate, he would ask his students to repeat it. And after they had repeated it he would instruct them to lick the slate clean to clean off their fingers.
And as they did, he would recite a blessing based on Psalm 119:103, “May the words of God be sweet to your taste, sweeter than honey to your mouth. May the words of God be the most pleasurable, the most enjoyable thing you could even comprehend.”
That is my prayer for you today, and, honestly, it’s my prayer for you throughout this fall as we journey together through our Divine Mentor series. May the Word of God be sweet to your taste, sweeter than honey to your mouth. May the Word of God be the most pleasurable, the most enjoyable thing you could even comprehend.
You’ll have to come to hear the rest :)