While generally understood in a metaphorical sense, yesterday, I was reminded of the real physical sense that our Father expects us to understand His Word when it says,
Oh taste and see that the Lord is good! Ps. 34:8
We gathered with a dozen or more families yesterday to participate in a mock Seder (Passover) meal. Most all of us will celebrate Passover in the coming day or so, but we had guests and visitors who had never experienced a Passover and, planning to celebrate with families in their homes for the first time, needed to ‘see’ and experience in order to more fully understand the meaning of the feast and how to lead it.
This will be about our sixth Passover and each is more rich than the previous as I learn and understand more fully the great depth of YHVH’s Word. Yesterday was no different as I made new connections with Scripture and even this morning, I woke thinking, ‘Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!’
It is so easy to fall into the trap of intellectualism and have lots of head knowledge, but no real experience. This is true of any field, including theology. I can read a thousand books about farming and know a lot about farming, but never have real hands-on knowledge and experience, thus being a knowledgeable farmer. Similarly, one can know about the Feasts of the Lord, but my experience is that I knew nearly nothing until I began to be obedient to Scripture and actually keep the Feasts!!
Over four years ago, when I began this blog, one of the articles I wrote was titled RT: Manipulatives. I recommend reading it, but the main thrust is that our Father gives us many ‘hands-on’ physical instructions that we are commanded to keep. He does this for multiple reasons, the most basic of which is that in learning and in teaching our children, we must begin in the physical/tactile realm before entering the theological/intellectual realm. Simply, we are to come as children and we are to teach our children, but we can do neither if we skip over the simple hands-on lessons He commands. (I won’t even go into the fact that He says these things are forever!)
A few days ago, I wrote a post concerning whether Christians, believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, should celebrate Passover. The resounding testimony from Scripture is YES! And, as we do so, we eat matzah, bitter herbs, wine/juice, etc. and we ‘taste and see that the Lord is good!!‘
If you have not yet taken the leap and made plans to ‘keep the feast,’ there is still time. It is never too late to be obedient and receive the blessings that flow from the simple ‘doing’ of His Word.
Chag sameach Pesach!!