Daily Devotional, Year 2 – April 2 (Honeybees & The Law)

By admin On January 25th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2- APRIL 2

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Honeybees & The Law

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“More to be desired are they (the Words of God) than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpgThe honey bee is just another remarkable creation of God!

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Not only does this busy little worker provide mankind with the wonderful gift of honey.

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But the honey bee is a marvelous teacher of wisdom, as it collects the nectar of every correct flower.

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LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpgThe Bible speaks of the Kingdom of Heaven as, “a land flowing with milk and honey;” Exodus 3:8

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But when God speaks of honey, He has much more in mind that simply literal honey…

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Listen again… “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.” Proverbs 24:13, 14

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So God here is connecting “the knowledge of wisdom” to “honey…and the honeycomb.”.

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…AND THE HONEYCOMB

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A number of times, God compares His Word to honey and the honeycomb… “How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103

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Now isn’t it interesting that the honeycomb is made of a cluster of little six-sided pockets called, “cells”.

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What spiritual significance could  there be in that?

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Bee Honeycomb – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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NATURE OUR TEACHER

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Now,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpg the honeybee and its honeycomb presents a very basic Bible principle, concerning Christians and God’s written Word.

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Oh yes, there is much wisdom in all of nature…

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Listen… “But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10

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Yes, as this above passage alludes, the whole earth and all its living creatures are to be our teachers. The all have been created to be allegories of spiritual truths concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ… “The heavens declare the glory of God” Psalm 19:1.

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All of nature has been especially created to tell of the wisdom, the beauty, the poetry and the laws of God.

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Bee with Cross-Pollination on Dandelion – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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SIX: THE NUMBER OF MAN

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpgNow back to the honeycomb. Just as the little bee stores the sweet honey in this six-sided storehouse, called “the cell”, so too, the Christian is to gather sweet nectar from God’s Word, and store it up in our hearts.

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And it is no accident that most honeycomb cells are six-sided. In the Bible, the number, “six”, represents, “man”

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Listen… “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them….And the evening and the morning were the SIXTH day.” Genesis 1:27, 31

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And so, each little six-sided cell represents a human.

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BIBLE IN MY HEART

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpgAnd so, the bee storing its honey in this six-sided cell, is a marvelous picture of storing God’s Word in our human mind…

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“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee (God).” Psalm 119:11

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From this above verse, we might begin to see the comparison between the bee, hiding its honey in the little cell, and the Christian hiding the honey of God’s Word in our heart!

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What a wonderful metaphor God has given us!

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ALL SCRIPTURE IS HONEY!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpgNow the Bible has been compared to honey.

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And the entire Bible can be converted into honey for the soul! Yes, the Christian can feel confident that any and all of the Bible is honey for the soul…

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Listen… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

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So God, through the hand of Paul is reassuring the Christian that all the Bible is profitable for doctrine, confirmation, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that we may become perfected and fully equipped for every good work!

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Honey – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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OLD TESTAMENT: THE GOSPEL IN SYMBOLS

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the Holy of Holies - www.thebiblerevival.com - Public Domain

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Now there are many who are confused about all the different laws, precepts, sabbaths, and holydays found in the Old Testament.

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Well, as one person so well said, the Old Testament is merely the Gospel veiled in types, shadows, and symbols.

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Oh yes, all those laws and precepts and temple fixtures of the Old Testament are like nectar, which when rightly interpreted, become the sweetest of all honey!

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PASSOVER NOW SPIRITUAL

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpgSo just how are we to understand all those laws and feast days?

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For instance, the holy day called “Passover”, was an Old Testament holy day, in which the Lord said… “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feasthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.” Exodus 12:14

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Now just how does the New Testament Church celebrate such a Jewish holy day?

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Well, we must remember that the Passover symbolized the crucifixion of Jesus, as He gave His life for the sins of Mankind! And so, Paul exhorted all Believers to… “Therefore let us keep the feast (the Passover feast), not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1st Corinthians 5:8

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And not only do we spiritualize the Passover, but every other concept which God has hidden in the Old Testament, must be converted into honey for our soul!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

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NOT MINGLING SEED: SEPARATION

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bee_pollinating_peach_flower.jpgLet’s take another law… “Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.” Leviticus 19:19

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These laws concerning the mingling of different things, can be looked at in the spiritual realm, as concerning living a compromised Christian life…

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Listen… “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Etc…” 2nd Corinthians 6:14

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And so, as this above passage continues to reveal, God wants His Church to be a separated Church to a great extent.

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Oh no, we cannot come completely out of the world.

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But we can come a good way out!

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BUSY AS BEES!

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And so, these two examples of Old Testament laws having a spiritual meaning, are indicative of how God has hidden many wonderful truths in the Old Testament, which must be converted into honey for the heart!

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And so, as workers together, God doth beseech each of us to be busy as bees, collecting the sweet nectar of His Word, converting it into honey, to share with the world via our Christlike example!

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Bee – Western honey bee – Wikimedia – Share-alike LicenseRicks at the German language Wikipedia

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a heart to search out the Bible, as one who seeks after hidden treasure! Fill my heart with the honey of Thy Word…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… January 30th (ABC Christianity), or you can also read… January 7th (The Chrysalis Christian!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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REVELATION 12 WOMAN

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“And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven; a woman…And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder (sign) in heaven; and behold a great red dragon…And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth…And the woman fled into the wilderness…And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon…And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness…And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood…” Revelation 12: 1-4, 6, 7, 14, 15 (condensed)

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WITNESSING IN TRIALS

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The Woman With Eagle Wings appears to be casting seed as she goes. This would be the precious seed of theWoman-Eagle Wings Gospel. Can  you see the seed coming from both her hands and feet?

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“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psalms 126:6.  She is casting the seed both from her left hand and from her left foot. The left hand and left foot being the passive hand and foot, seems to symbolize that our most effective witness is when we’re not even aware that we are witnessing. This reminds us of the following verse from Matthew… “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth…”  Matt. 6:3. See how this verse applies to this left hand-left foot concept? In the book of Daniel, the point is repeatedly made concerning the captive Hebrews (Daniel and friends), that their Christian witness came not from handing out Bible tracks, or speaking to people about the Lord. But their greatest witness came during their severe trials in which they remained faithful!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)”

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TOMORROW…

” April 3 (The City of Morality, Part 3: Satan’s Detours)”

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