Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 11.13.21

By November 13, 2021Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: Ezekiel 2:8

As for you, human one, listen to what I say to you. Don’t become rebellious like that household of rebels. Open your mouth and eat what I give you.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

These words from Ezekiel are reminiscent of the words of Psalm 119:103-105 in which the Psalmist, addressing God, says, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way.  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Traditional rabbinic literature always emphasized the importance of making learning sweet. In the small Jewish towns and villages of Eastern Europe, the beginning of a child’s Jewish Education was such an important occasion that parents would wrap their children in prayer shawls and carry them to school.

The teacher often put honey on the page of a Hebrew book for the child to taste so the child would always think of learning as “sweet.” That tradition is grounded in these passages of scripture. The good news of our faith that sustains us through good times and troubled times is sweet like honey.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and reflections I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor


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