John T. Willis

Thursday, September 17, 2009


I love to eat honey on biscuits or hot wheat bread. How about YOU?

The honey mentioned in the Bible is of three types: (1) a thick grape syrup; (2) wild honey; or (3) honey from domesticated bees. Here are a few of several references to honey in the Bible.

1. The Bible often refers to the land of Canaan "a land flowing with milk and honey." See Exodus 3:8, 17; 13:5; Deuteronomy 6:3; Joshua 5:6; Jeremiah 11:5; etc.

2. Judges 14 relates the story of Samson killing a lion with his bare hands. Later, Samson returned to this site, and found bees swarming in the carcass of the lion, and there he saw honey. From this, Samson proposed a riddle in Judges 14:14:
Out of the eater came something to eat;
out of the strong came something sweet.

3. 1 Samuel 14 relates the story of Jonathan and his servant going through the forest famished. They came upon some honey, and ate it, and there eyes were enlightened, that is, they received new strength.

4. Psalm 19:9-10 says:
"The ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than god,
even much fine gold,
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb."

Similarly, Psalm 119:103 says:
"How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth."

5. Proverbs 16:24 says:
"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body."

6. Matthew 3:4 and Mark 1:6 record that the diet of John the Baptist was locusts and wild honey.

Honey is one of God's marvelous gifts. I hope YOU appreciate and enjoy honey. And I hope your faith in the GIVER of honey becomes deeper and richer in YOUR life.

John Willis


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