Are you thumbing through your recipe boxes, drooling over Instagram and Pinterest shots, or calling your friends for that pie recipe they brought to the last potluck? It’s the season for feasting. We can almost smell the food we see on our screens. Memories of past gatherings from childhood to adulthood flood our minds.
Over the past few weeks, our country experienced the ups and downs of the midterms, of hurricanes, tornados, and a lake snow event that left the northeast under 4-6 feet of white. In the midst of this, Holy Spirit kept speaking this phrase to me, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” It’s a Bible quote from Psalm 34:8.
After numerous prompts, I decided to take a closer look. This is part 1 of a three-part piece. I know you are all busy planning celebrations.
TASTE– Strong’s #2938 – ṭāʿam טָעַם
The KJV translates Strong’s #2938 in the following manner:
טָעַם ṭâʻam, taw-am’; a primitive root; to taste; to perceive.
Definition of perceive: To become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses. To recognize, discern, envision, or understand.
Let’s look at the letters from right to left.
Tet 9 = Judgment. Means: Choice, Basket, Snake, Surround or Twist, entwine, ensnare, entrap, spin, roll together
Ayin 70= Completion of time. Means: Eye, to See, Understand, Experience, or to be Seen, Window of the soul-good or bad (made of a Zayin and Yod—Word and Spirit)
A closed Mem 600= Means: Hidden Truth
To TASTE: (TET) To Make a Choice to (AYIN) See and Understand (FINAL MEM) Hidden Truth by (AYIN) the Word and the Spirit.
Have you ever been offered a box of chocolates and told to take one?
They all look delicious. But what is inside? The only way to find out is to pick one up and bite into it. We must make a choice. And it is only when we taste it that we can decide whether it is good or not.
It is the same with God. We need to make a choice to interact with Him. How? Read His word slowly, and consider His love, power, mercy, grace, and so much more. Everything we see, taste, touch, smell or hear is something He created or gave us the ability to create. Without Him, we cannot draw our next breath.
Okay, before I go off on His greatness, we need to take a look at the word See.
SEE: is Strong’s #7200 – rā’â רָאָה
The KJV translates Strong’s #7200 in the following manner:
רָאָה râʼâh, raw-aw’ a primitive root. To see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider, discern, look upon another, have experience, take heed
Resh 200 = Insufficiency, Poverty. Picture: Head Means: Head, Chief, Beginning, Highest, Most Important, a Person, Human Reasoning vs. Obedience. (When we allow human reasoning to be our master, our head, poverty of the Spirit results.)
Aleph 1= God – Echad – Unity, Unique (no other like it) Means: Ox head—Strength or Leader, Most Important, First – The Strength and Power of the leader
Hey 5 = Grace. Means: Revelation – 5 is the number of Torah, Behold, Give Attention, unfold or look upon – (if it comes at the end of a word: the meaning is based on the letter before)
To SEE: (HEY) Pay attention to the fact that (ALEPH) God is the Most Important Leader and (RESH) Head over all.
After Jesus had fasted for forty days satan came to tempt Him. Matthew 4:3-4 tell us: Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’
Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3. It was a scripture He knew by heart because He read it many times. Hebrew children then and now study God’s word and are required to memorize entire books of the Bible.
Our spiritual survival and flourishing are connected to the Word of God.
David wrote Psalm 119. It is entitled, “Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God.” There are many verses about the value of God’s word. Here is one that shows us how David tasted and saw God’s word.
Psalm 119:15 says I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. NKJV
In the Message Bible — I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
David got acquainted with God through His word. He saw His wisdom, His patience, His truth, His nearness, His righteousness, His protection, and His faithfulness. When David faced Goliath and later was protected from Saul’s attempt to kill him, he knew the Who he was trusting in was Head over ALL.
As we are bombarded with the media blasts of uncertainty and fear, may we Taste and See Who we trust. Let’s Make a Choice to See and Understand Hidden Truth through the Word and the Spirit. And Pay attention to the fact that our God is the Most Important Leader and Head over all. He is faithful to His word and He is trustworthy. I don’t believe He is asking us to nibble, but rather feast. Our God is an endless table of goodness. We will talk more about His goodness in Part 2.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for.
I believe it would be of benefit to look into Psalm 91 and Ephesians 6. It is important that we know God and know who we are in Him. Both of these books are available on Amazon. Know God-Defeat the Enemy-Digging Deeper into Psalm 91- here. And The Armor of God – It’s Not What You Think – here.
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