“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
I’ve always read this and thought that there are two things that we can do to experience the goodness of God, one is to taste, and the other to see. And then I had a thought this morning. What if they’re actually connected? What if to have one you must have the other? As I walked this morning, I came to the conclusion that they are connected. And that is significant for us all.
So, Jesus makes his declaration that he is the Bread of Life. He is the true Bread of Heaven. He invites us to eat of him, and this is daily, “Give us THIS DAY our daily bread.” He is sufficient for all our needs and the needs of others as we eat of him today and every day.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” I looked before at that, and it was very much taste on the one hand, and see on the other. There was no link, no connection between the two. It was an instruction to do two separate things, and to experience the goodness of God.
But what if seeing is a direct consequence of tasting? What if in eating the Bread of Life, there is a direct consequence of seeing something? And what are we seeing?
I wonder if it’s as if Jesus is saying, “Eat my flesh, drink my blood. Taste, and your eyes will be opened to the dimension of Spirit.” Eating and tasting and seeing is a significant thing, even from the very beginning. Didn’t God say to Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden. And when they did, weren’t their eyes opened to evil? The tree was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But they already knew good, they knew God, they knew the Father. They were born of the Father. They literally only knew good, there was no evil in their consciousness. They didn’t know it was good. There was no comparison, no contrast. There was just God. The fruit of the tree opened their eyes to evil, and gave them a comparison between good and evil. It gave them a confusion between the two. It opened their eyes to things they were unaware of before.
And Jesus desire is to bring us to the place of good. To open our eyes again to what they have been closed to. To open our eyes to the goodness of the Father.
Maybe he says,
“Want to see the Father? Taste of me and see. You will see me, and if you see me you see the Father.
Want to see yourself one with the Father? Taste of me and see. Your eyes will be opened to your oneness with the Father.
Want to see what the Father is doing? Taste of me and see. You will see what the Father is doing, so that you too will only do what you see the Father doing.”
Perhaps the importance of eating the Bread and drinking the Spring daily is so that we might actually see, so that our eyes will be opened and that our consciousness makes us fully aware of Jesus and all that the Father is doing when we eat and taste of him? Perhaps Jesus is giving us the way to experience the goodness of the Father again.
I was talking with someone about the Bread of Life the other week, about taking time daily to eat of the Bread and drink from the Spring. The first morning they consciously did so, things happened. Eyes were opened, and doors began to open up through conversations etc. A couple of days later they said to me that it was so simple, but they were now conscious of things that the Father was doing and saying, seeing things they had been missing before, and conscious of the Father being a part of important decisions that had to be made throughout the day. And this all came from tasting, from eating of the Bread of Life and drinking from the Inner Spring.
Do we want to see what the Father is doing? Then let us taste AND see of the Bread of Life, the Inner Spring, and our eyes will be opened and we will be conscious of those things that are more real than the physical things we see, but that we are so often blinded to. These things are real, they exist, but our eyes are so often closed to them. Jesus says, “Taste and see.”
“Eat the bread. Drink from the Spring. Share the Life.”
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