Training Children to Refuse Evil and Choose Good
- Thursday, May 15, 2008
Proverbs says, “But the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.” His appetite reaches out after foolishness.
Your body can develop a taste for something that will destroy you, and so can your soul. Why are appetites important? Because they determine the direction you’ll choose for yourself in life.
In Isaiah 7:14-15, we see that the
Messiah would have an appetite for butter and honey. Why butter and honey? The
immediate historical context of the passage is referring to the time after the
Assyrian army would overrun
If you’re too poor to be able to give your children everything they might want (or if you could afford it, but choose not to), congratulations! You qualify to raise wise, godly children. You don’t raise wise, godly children by feeding them on the complicated things of life, but on the simple things.
However, there’s more to this “butter and honey” diet than simply the fact that it was the common man’s food. To fully understand it, we need to look at another phrase from the Bible that is very similar to this one, and which occurs 20 times in the Old Testament. In Exodus 3:8 we read, “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.” Later, in Numbers 13, when the 12 Israeli spies came from checking out the land, they said,“We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey.” Now wait a minute. The verse in Isaiah said butter and honey, and this says milk and honey. What’s the difference?
I thought I understood the concept of milk and honey, but as we already noted, Isaiah 7:15 does not say “milk and honey,” it says “butter and honey.” We know God says what He means, so why the difference in this passage? We find the answer just seven verses later, in Isaiah 7:22. “And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.”
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