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I Ate Them

By Krissy Hanna

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight,for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.”  Jeremiah 15:16

I see Jeremiah’s description about God’s Word as a strong yet beautiful response to the original sin of Adam and Eve. The things of God should have been enough for us humans. But instead, when the temptation to do evil came, we indulged. The first man might have said, “The fruit came and I ate it; it was my agony and the ultimate breaking of my heart, for we no longer are worthy to bear your name, Lord God Almighty.” 

Digestion begins in the mouth as we chew. After we swallow, food passes through the esophagus, stomach and intestines and mixes with digestive juices causing large molecules of food to break down into smaller molecules which are absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Our blood then delivers them to the rest of the body. Adam and Eve’s blood took the molecule from the evil fruit to every single part of their body and then they bore children who possessed the same evil curse. Our blood, once so tainted by sin, can now be purified by the blood of Jesus, the Living Word. 

The Word of God is the story of God. It describes Him, His creation, our disobedience, and His plan for redemption.  When I eat His Word daily, I find Him. HIs richness. HIs wisdom. HIs depth. HIs truth. It satisfies me and makes me hungry for more. It points me in the right direction and leaves me wondering where to turn. It reveals my Savior to me and yet shows me how much of Him there is still to know.  When I eat it, chew on it, and swallow it, the power of the Word has the potential to fashion my whole body, mind, and soul into a vessel of Truth. 

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