This is a common phrase echoed in many a household. Especially those of an African or Caribbean background. It’s usually being yelled from a parent as they watch their child rushing from the dinner table into rampant active play. Somewhere..entangled in the yelling is the parent trying to suggest they sit down and let their food digest first. Now I’m not to sure if was a fear of the potential projectile consequences they were scared of, or more about parents not wanting to hear any noise having just eaten themselves and wanting their own rest while they digest.. I suspect the latter!
The phrase is an instruction – an order even, to sit down (be still) and allow the food to digest (settle, process, be absorbed).
The prophet Jeremiah made this statement in Jeremiah 15:16 (KJV):
“Thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart”
The NLT version reads “when I discovered your words, I devoured them” adding more haste and need for the words by the use of the word devour.
My inspiration for to day is the identifying of who and not so much what this food is, and the consumption. In Part 2 we will look at the process of being still and allowing it to digest.
We know from many scriptures that the word of God is indeed food for the Spirit man. Good food in fact. Soul food if you will! The Psalmist David said “How sweet are your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth (Psalms 119:103).
The prophet Ezekiel in chapter 3:16 was given direct instructions to “eat this scroll that I am giving you – and fill your stomach with it” These were the word (the words from God) that he was to go and speak to the children of Israel.
Jesus clearly identified HIMSELF as the bread of life in St John 6:35. In addition to this, that anyone that come to HIM would never go hungry again. This suggests and identifies the source of an endless supply of substance and food for any one that would believe in Him. He presents Himself to be to the soul as bread is to the body. The responsibility is still on us to take the step and take the bread that is so freely given. Mathew 6:11, within The Lords Prayer is a request ” give us this day our daily bread”. Suggesting and encouraging the need of a daily subscription to this life giving source which is God Himself.
Jesus in John 6:51 goes on to declare that He is not just bread, but living bread from Heaven (sounding much like the manner that fell from Heaven when the children of God were in the wilderness – Read Exodus 16), and confirms the power of the consumption of this bread to impart immortality – Can’t get that in your HoVIS 50/50 that’s for sure.
So we have established who and not so much what the food/bread is, and the awesome power it contains. We have seen that it needs to form (at our request and initiation) a daily indulgence as it is life giving and strengthening to our Spirit man.
Join me in Part 2 for the benefits of Sitting Down and process of Digestion …