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No Artificial Colours or Flavours

In the beginning was the Word
The pure word
That word became the bread of life
Made with honey and oil out of the rock
Like the manna in the wilderness
That Israel gathered every morning
Fresh, sweet, pure
There was no lack,
There was no excess
It was the perfect food
But Israel came to loathe it
They remembered the gourmet food of Egypt
Fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic
Fine ingredients for mouth watering dishes
That which was once associated with bondage
Now seemed like freedom
The new bondage of manna rising early before it melted in the sun
No lying in on a soft cozy bed
Up at the first ray of light
Hurriedly picking up a small round coriander sized thing
Two liters, forty thousand pieces for every person, one at a time
Back breaking work, kneeling down, morning after morning
Yet no one ever lacked, no one had too much
A nation fed on Manna for forty years

Jesus Christ the Word made manifest
The Word who is the same yesterday today and forever
Containing everything we need for life and godliness
The perfect word fresh every morning
Yet we in our wisdom seek to make things more palatable
Adding ingredients to appeal to our senses.
Boundaries and conditions, laws and traditions
Preservatives attempting to keep the Word from perishing!
Promising increases in health, prosperity and wealth
Artificial sweeteners appealing to our physical lives
Adding the appearance of abundant spirituality
Colours that appeal to our natural eyes
Divulging tantalizing new and exotic doctrines
Flavourings spicing up the message, taunting our taste buds
Adding Magnificent Spiritual Grandstanding to enhance the flavour further.
Perfect in shape colour and texture
All presented in eye-catching packaging
Claiming to be the original word.
Yet the Word cannot be altered
It cannot be changed by fashion or time
Nor can it be hybridized, or mixed with another
Down through the ages never once changing
It is pure, fresh, unadulterated, and incorruptible
The unfathomable Word that is God

16 September 2007

References:
Exo 16:14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat. This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
Exo 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Num 11:4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: but now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.
Psa 81:16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.
Joh 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Num 11:4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: but now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.
2Co 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 ©2007 Stephen Share

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