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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
outstanding close-up photo of a bee collecting nectar was taken by our friend
Mike Book. Notice the translucent wings!
Click here for a larger sized photo.
"Sweeter Than Honey!"
to us read this
"I have not turned aside from
Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your
words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your
precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way." (Psalm
119:102-104). "He said to me, 'Son of man, feed your stomach and fill
your body with this scroll which I am giving you.' Then I ate it, and
it was sweet as honey in my mouth" (Ezekiel 3:3).
apiary is the formal name for a bee farm. Several years ago we took a
tour of an apiary and the process of bees making honey was explained to
us. Especially interesting was the protective gear the beekeeper wore
to tend to the hives. Bees are very busy at this season with
Entomophily, which is the scientific word for pollination by insects.
But if you are like me when you consider bees you might first consider
their God-given defense mechanism. I have been on the skin side of
their sting several times and it sure isn't pleasant! However for me
it's merely a pain followed by deep itching and a bit of swelling. For
others the sting may trigger a dangerous anaphylactic reaction that is
potentially deadly. But for the stinging honey bee the prognosis is
death after it stings you, because its sting apparatus is pulled out,
rupturing its abdomen.
When we think of bees we probably all think of honey. We recall a song
sung years ago by Music Machine, "Bees make honey and it sure tastes
good…" based on the sixth fruit of the spirit, "Goodness". We both
enjoy eating honey especially on piece of fresh toasted bread as seen
to the left.
Well, bees do make honey (although I would rather not dwell on the
process) and honey sure tastes good. In Biblical times with no
availability of processed sugar honey was the standard for sweetness.
The famous description of the Promised Land was, "a land flowing with milk and honey" (Leviticus 20:24).
great thing about the Bible is the universality of the illustrations. I
don't know this for sure but I suppose that regardless of where you
live you have bees and honey. David
wrote today's Scripture some 3,000 years ago and he was from a part of
the world far away from where most of us live. Yet we can experience
what David experienced. In fact we enjoyed some sweet honey on warmly
toasted bread as we prepared this message!
Psalm 119 is a wonderful extolling of the blessedness of the Word of
God. David would have had far less of the written Word than we have
today, since much of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament
were not yet written. Yet he declared, "How sweet are Your words to my
taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" May we all have this
same attitude concerning His Words as they apply to our lives. Consider
this the next time you enjoy some honey!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
prayer: Father, You bless those those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness. The sweetness of Your Word is like sweet honey in our
mouth that reminds us of Your faithfulness, Your goodness and Your
mercy that overflows into our lives as You forgive us of our sins and
provide us with an abundant life. Your Words are a sweet savor to our
soul as we walk obediently according to Your Word. Amen.
I can always count on our friend Doris High to have a recent photo related to our topic such as this bee on a day lily!
Brooksyne took this photo on her neighborhood walk Monday night. (Click on photo for a larger view). We have heard
the phrase "corn canyon" to describe the visual impact of a road with
corn fields on each side. In late August when the corn is tallest and
on some roads where the corn is planted right up next to the road it is
indeed like a canyon!
One of the blessings of country living is
the good neighbors that surround us. Last night Jerry came over with some freshly
picked corn to share. We visited for a few minutes and he shared a song
he really enjoyed that I had never heard of simply called "Good" by Dave Barnes Video He drives a big rig delivering eggs all over the northeast and likes to listen to this as he travels!
drives a truck for Kreider Farms, one of our large Lancaster County
agriculture operations, and told me a full truck has 26,000
dozen eggs (that's 312,000 eggs!)
A couple responses to our story yesterday about the blueberries:
Hi!! Your story made me laugh. That type of thing happens on Long
Island daily. It happens so often that store managers would know better
than to change a sign. People would demand the case of blueberries,
even if they have no idea what to do with them. I also shop at Aldi's
at times, and since I am headed in that direction later, I may stop
there and see if they have the same special!!!
From Tina: Very funny blueberry story!!!!!!!!! That was a case of stubborn wills!!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Sweeter Than Honey (Psalms 19:8-10)" Video Bob
Fitts from the Scripture memory series which we both enjoyed about 20
years ago. This was a series produced by Integrity Music which placed
Scripture verses to music.
"The Law Of The Lord" Video Songs Of Worship We have an even older memory of singing this!
"Honey In The Rock" Video Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys
"Bees Make Honey" Video Music Machine
"7 AMAZING BEE FACTS" Video I came across this as I searched for music.
Doris High is a local friend with a very active photo collection. Here's another day lily photo.
to Stephen &
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That no flesh will glory
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