Monday, February 20, 2012

Feasting Upon the Scriptures

2 Nephi 9:51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.

If you think about feasting, you probably have visions of a great Thanksgiving-type meal with everything you love to eat before you.  You don't just take a nibbling of food and be done. NO-you feast!

 Most of us probably eat too much at these holiday meals.  We fill up on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, salads, veggie trays ,sweet potatoes, rolls etc.  As we are feasting, we are having this wonderful experience with the food on our plate.  It tastes so good! Our taste-buds are dancing with delight. There is a part of us that doesn't want it to end.  We'll ask Aunt Helen "how did you make these delicious rolls?  They are so soft and buttery!"  We go on and on fully engaged and partaking of this feast before us.  

After a while, we then fill up on the fatness mentioned in the scripture above.  And oh how we love that part of the holidays!  We love the pies and desserts. 

This is feasting.  This feels good to the soul to be able to indulge like this physically every so often.

After we physically feast on food, our stomachs eventually empty, and we want it all over again. Although the meal is momentarily satisfying, it is not eternally lasting.

The Lord says, "...come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not"

We are reminded that a true feast, is a spiritual one.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the abread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never bthirst.

Interesting that the Lord uses the word FEAST when talking about reading and studying the scriptures. He could have said read, glance over,flip through, skim, apprehend, or learn. Instead he used the word FEAST, which conjures up all kinds of emotions, visuals, and meaning inside us.   Being mortal, we love to eat.

As we were discussing this verse in Sunday School, it really made me ponder..

Where is my scripture reading at?
Do I feast?