And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book.
And he said unto me, Take [it], and eat it up; and it shall make thy
belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
Several weeks ago, I began slowly reading a book by Eugene Peterson entitled Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. Reading that book, combined with the timing of several discussions regarding the lack of Biblical knowledge among those who read, ponder, and love the Word of God, prompted the formation of a 6-week class designed to further our knowledge of "How to Study the Bible." The class begins next week. The plan was to limit it to eight people and go from there. Well, it immediately grew to about 12-13 people, we added a second class and that one filled up, and now the classes are closed with a waiting list of 10 more asking to please do another one. There is an intense hunger to know how to really unpack the Word!
So, in putting together the curriculum for the six weeks (I would NEVER just find someone else's curriculum and use it--no, no---that would be too easy!) my soul has been stirred and I have become increasingly convicted that I have not pursued the discipline of ingesting the Word into the fiber of my being like the Spirit intends for us to do. But, instead of lamenting that fact, I am allowing this realization to change me and change my study lifestyle in order to be able to let my time on earth prepare me for eternity AND to allow any knowledge I gain to live on beyond the grave. Hence, the formation of "Eat This Book" -- a study of what/how to fully become one with the living Word of God.
So, for the next few days/weeks, I will be posting snippets of the class. It's where my heart, my mind, and my soul are dwelling right now. I invite you to return daily (sometimes more than that!) as we explore some principles, methods, and treasures of The Book.