HERE; HAVE A TASTE Andy Hollifield 2-15-19 (KJV)
Did you realize the word “taste” is used in the bible 22 times. The first time it is used was the first time that Israel received manna and described its taste as wafers made with honey. The last time is in Hebrews 2:9 where it speaks of Jesus saying “…that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. Isn’t it interesting that both of those verses are talking about life-sustaining bread for God’s people? Five of those times were speaking of “tasting death.” The word “tasting” is not used in the bible and the word “tasted” is used only 8 times.
Psalms 34:8 is a wonderful invitation and it says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalms 119:103 describing God’s word says, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Those exclamation marks show the excitement of the writer. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this you will be able to put some exclamation marks in your testimony.
Do you remember your first taste? The first time you felt the Holy Ghost settle in on your soul like a thick fog on the water on a dark night just engulfing you. Remember that? It was different from anything else you ever felt. It was kind of a strange but yet peaceful feeling and the moment it left you, you immediately wanted it back. Do you remember that? I kind of thought you would. I bet your mind just went back to that place and time didn’t it? Do you know why? Because you tasted him and he was good. That started a craving that hopefully will never be satisfied until we stand face to face with our Savior. Then, it will be eternally how we will feel just engulfed by his presence throughout eternity.
But until we get there, we have to face tomorrow. The psalmist said that his words are sweeter than honey. Honey gets its sweetness from two simple sugars called fructose and glucose. If we want God’s words to be as honey in our lives we also need to combine two simple things; prayer and his word. If we combine those two, it will sweeten our lives to where we will also be revered by those around us because of our sweetness. Jesus called it being as “a city set on a hill.” If you think that is good listen to this. Most micro organisms do not grow in honey. Therefore it doesn’t spoil if it is sealed, even after thousands of years. Does that sound familiar to you? That is just like us! 2 Corinthians 1:22 speaking of God says “Who hath sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. Do you what “earnest” means? Listen to this, you’ll love it. “A portion of something given or done in advance as a pledge of the remainder.” Listen to this one: “Anything that gives pleadge, promise, or indication of what is to follow.” Those are according to Dictionary.com. That sounds just exactly like Jesus’ work on the cross doesn’t it? He gave us that comforter which is the Holy Ghost, as just a little testimony of the remainder of what is to come for us. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” What was that promise? John 3:16 “…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” That was when we got put into the jar by the Holy Ghost. It gets better; Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Did you catch that? “Sealed;” that means we don’t spoil and we stay pure, still sweet after thousands of years. Just as preserved as the day we accepted that promise of the holy Spirit. The Promise? Acts 1:11 “…Ye men of Galilee why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Why would Jesus come back after what we put him through because of our sins? To keep his promise in John 14:2-3 after he told his followers prior to his ascension “I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Do you know where I got all of those answers to the questions I asked? I got them from God’s word. That word that is sweeter than honey in my mouth! That word whereby we were begotten unto salvation (Acts 13:33). Preserved throughout eternity without end. Here; have a taste! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!