Ingesting Jesus

Posted: September 22, 2008 in Lessons

After the last ten years, it’s really nice to go to church that has a smart preacher. 🙂

Yesterday, Ken’s sermon was titled, “Eat This Book,” a title he admittedly stole from one of my favorite author’s books (Eugene Peterson). Both the book and the sermon used Apostle John’s command to ingest a scroll in his revelation experience to emphasize our need to ingest Scripture, too.

Ken pointed out that Bible study isn’t the end, but the means to the end, which is Jesus (Ken’s cool like that).

But back to the part about his being smart.

Ken referred to the familiar Psalm 1 which talks about the “blessed man” who “meditates on the law day and night,” and then shared that the exact same Hebrew word used for “meditate” in Psalm 1 is used in an obscure verse from Isaiah 31 (verse 4):

“This is what the LORD says to me: ‘As a lion growls, a great lion over his prey— and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against him, he is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor— so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.”

Did you see it in there? Me neither. I learned Sunday morning that the word “meditate” in Psalm 1 is the word translated “growl” in Isaiah 31.

Ken taught that we shouldn’t gaze pensively at the ceiling, scratch our chin, and think deep thoughts when we study. Instead, we should approach Bible study as something to wrestle with; something we wrestle with and fully intend to consume.

Here’s the thought that I took away: the Eucharist should become much more than a “remembrance” that Jesus died (“for our sins” is how it usually goes). Instead, it should be the act of remembering that we are to be in the process of becoming what we eat.

Consuming the Word of God. Ingesting Jesus.


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