Week 3, Day 1

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Week 3 – Outline and Daily Portions

The Precious Word of God, Message Three
The Bible—God’s Feeding
Day 1

I. The Bible is our food

A. We eat the word of God to live

Matt. 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on  every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.”

B. By eating the word of God we are constituted with God

Ezekiel 3:1–3 Then He said to me, Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and He gave me that scroll to eat. And He said to me, Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your inward parts with this scroll that I am giving you. And I ate it, and it was like honey in my mouth in its sweetness.

Read over the outline points and verses above and use these for your prayer to spend time with the Lord in the Word in the morning. After your prayer time, jot down in your notebook one or two things that the Lord touched you with. Afterward, read the following portion, either in your morning time or sometime later in the day. It has also been recorded for you to listen to if you like.

Reading portion:

Reading the Word Being to Receive
the Lord’s Word as Food

Prayer is to breathe in the Lord’s Spirit, and reading is to receive the Lord as the Word. The Lord as the Word is our food. Man does not live by bread alone, because he is not composed of only a body; within man there is also a spirit. The physical body requires physical food, but man’s spirit requires a different type of food. Physical food is not enough to make man live. Hence, the Lord says that man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). All the words that proceed out through the mouth of God are man’s spiritual food. For this reason the prophet Jeremiah says, “Your words were found and I ate them” (Jer. 15:16).

Reading the Word with an Attitude
of Eating and Drinking God

Our attitude should be that the Bible is our food. The Bible is a book of food. When we read the Bible, we should eat this food. Whenever we read the Word, we should have the attitude that we are coming to eat and drink God. If our motive is merely to study truths, analyze teachings, or understand doctrines, we are not eating and drinking God, and the Bible is a book of doctrines and teachings to us. We must have a change in concept to see that the Bible is not a book of God’s teaching or truth; it is God’s food for us.

…If our view changes, and we consider the Bible to be God’s expression and His breathing out, the Bible will be a different book to us. We will realize that since God is food to man, the Bible as His breathed-out word must also be food to man. When we come to the Bible, we must eat and drink God as our food; we must breathe in God Himself and enjoy Him. If we read the Bible this way, it will no longer be a book of teachings, commandments, truths, or doctrines. Instead, it will be God’s embodiment, unveiling, expression, and exhaling. It will also be our rich food. We will receive nourishment, supply, and life from every word.

(How to Enjoy God and How to Practice the Enjoyment of God, Chapter 13, pp. 153-154)