From “Kaddish” by Leon Wieseltier: “I was leading the worship this morning, and as usual my head was crowded with thoughts that came between me and the prayers. But then the clatter suddenly stopped, my head emptied out, until all that remained were the words, and I saw them, and I heard them, and I joined them, and to my surprise I provided the congregation with a few minutes of real prayer. I don’t know how this happened. But I will attribute it to the spiritual utility of emptiness. It is not easy to become empty, but one must make the attempt. Empting is a form of refining. There are sweets to which one must come starving.”
Text: Ps 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
“There are sweets to which one must come starving.”
I. Anticipation of the celebration feast.
The last supper. Luke 22:8 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”
Luke 22:15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
Think about our “love feast”.
One of my favorite features of a wedding is the feast that should accompany it.
We can name the events that call for a celebration feast: marriage, graduation, milestones, promotions and holidays.
“There are sweets to which one must come starving.”
We look forward with anticipation to these times. We come looking to be filled with food and fellowship.
II. Anticipation of the marriage.
The two shall become one.
Dobson and bonding.
Gen 24:62-67 Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming. 64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel; 65 for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took a veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
III. The Anticipation to Hear from God
We speak of the gifts of the spirit, knowledge and wisdom, and apply them mainly apply them to the office of the evangelist, yet this gifting should be understood to be available for all of us for “the edification of the church”.
The Jews saw a supernatural wisdom or knowledge to be something given to a person outside of his or her efforts to learn it. Einstein’s theory of relativity could fall into this category. The Jews see God intervening in their affairs giving them a wisdom for the moment or a knowledge of things to come in order for them to prosper along their way.
I think about my first bids that I gave and how they came right out to the dollar. Why, for me yes, but also for a testimony to the unsaved I worked with. It was an evidence of God working in my behalf. It is something all of us should expect in one way or another.
From Wikipedia: The Nobel Prize is an annual, international prize first awarded in 1901 for achievements in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. An associated prize in Economics has been awarded since 1969. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to over 850 individuals, of whom at least 20% were Jews or of Jewish descent, although Jews comprise less than 0.2% of the world’s population, (or 1 in every 500 people). Overall, Jews have won a total of 41% of all the Nobel Prizes in economics, 28% of medicine, 26% of Physics, 19% of Chemistry, 13% of Literature and 9% of all peace awards.
1 Cor 2:6-16 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Having a desire to spend time with God.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.