Honey and Wisdom
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of
the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
Know that wisdom is such to your soul;
if you find it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Long before modern science discovered its extraordinary benefits, the ancients knew that honey is good and good for you: sweetness to the soul and health to the body, as Solomon says in another place (Prov. 16:24). And likewise here: My son, eat honey, for it is good and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste (Prov. 24:13). Sounds like an ad for The National Honey Board.
And it is an ad of sorts—not for honey which brings pleasure and health to the body, but for wisdom, which brings pleasure and health to the soul.
These two words—honey and wisdom—paint a picture of biblical wellbeing. God made us body and soul (Gen. 2:7; Jas. 2:26). Because we belong to Him, we should care for both. So by all means, eat honey, as Solomon says (or join the Y, watch what you eat, exercise). But never forget that wisdom is such to your soul (v. 14). What shall it profit to gain the physique of Adonis, and have the soul of a brute? (see Jude 10.)
As honey is good, and good for your body, wisdom will give pleasure and health to your soul. For if you find it, you will have joy in the journey (your hope will not be cut off) and joy forever at the end (a future)!
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103
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