Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Honey and Wisdom

"My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off." (Prov. 24:13-14)

So wisdom is great, just like honey! But then a few verses later...
"If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you be sated with it and vomit it." (Prov. 25:16)

Taking our mystical knowledge that honey can be interpreted as wisdom, we can learn from that latter verse that one should only take in so much lest sating and vomiting come. That's probably also why the previous verse says to take "drippings", and not heaping handfuls. 

Unless you're Samson... Judg. 14:8-9. "He scraped it [the honey] out into his hands, and went on, eating as he went; and he came to his father and mother, and have some to them, and they ate. But he did not tell them that he had taken the honey from the carcass of the lion."

Christ is the lion of Judah. By his death, we have received the sweetest wisdom of all. We must scrape as much of this as we can and be quick to share it with others, being careful to reveal its source at the proper time.

Land flowing with milk and honey. If honey is wisdom, what then is milk? St. Paul talks about having to feed with milk instead of meat. Milk is the food of a child. It is due to a child as it were. I'm thinking of Judges again. When Sisera asked Jael for water, she gave him milk instead--she gave him justice. So the land flowing with milk and honey, is it full of justice and wisdom? And again! St. Paul says they need milk, which is for newborns. Is not justification (making just) the beginning of our Christian life? So the milk is the justice which Christ offers. I hope that is not too absurd, and I am willing to hear other interpretations. Until then, I look forward to the land of milk and honey, the fullness of justice and wisdom.

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