Nothing provides satisfaction to a hungry stomach more than a satisfying meal. In the same way, nothing satisfies a hungry soul like the promises of God found in the Bible. Just as people need nourishment for their physical bodies, we need nourishment for our souls as well. So, it is not surprising that several times in the Bible scripture is compared to food.
The author of Hebrews tells readers that they need to be taught the basic truths of God’s word, referring to the Bible as “milk” (Hebrews 5:12). A few verses later, he expresses a desire for them to move deeper in their knowledge of scripture, calling it “solid food” (5:14).
In the Psalms, David writes about the delight he gets from the laws of God. He refers to them as “sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10).
In the Gospels, we see Jesus affirm the necessity of spiritual nourishment. When He is tempted in the wilderness by Satan, Jesus replies, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Jesus needed the spiritual food of scripture and encourages His followers to feast on it as well.
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