Mmmm! Honey!!

Mmmm! Honey!! So sweet and delicious, and one of the healthiest natural sweeteners, yet do you know how much effort goes into producing just one jar? 1,286 bees need to work their entire lives to produce 750g of honey! Or put another way, a single worker bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. My father has been a beekeeper all my life and still has a few hives of bees today. I grew up enjoying the fruit of the bees’ labours on toast, in a cake or even in a main meal. I would often help extract the honey from the honeycombs and watch my mother fill countless jars with the delicious, sweet liquid. What a lot of bees must have been involved in making all that honey!! It is interesting that God chose to promise His people, the children of Israel, ‘a land flowing with milk and honey’ (Exodus 3:8, NIV). Clearly honey was valued right back in the time of Moses as something precious, so God used this metaphor for a place of bounty and blessing. Sadly, the people did not trust in God’s power to give them the land nor value the blessings he would bring them, because they subsequently rebelled against God and would not go up into the land at that time. Psalm 19 describes God’s ways and teaching as ‘more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.’ (v10) David, the Psalmist, valued God’s word very highly, more than a precious metal, more than sweet honey,and explains why in the next verse: ‘By them (God’s teachings) is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.’ (v11) God is still wanting to give those who will keep His ways and value His word a ‘land flowing with milk and honey’. By reading His word, the Bible, every day, listening to the message contained in it and applying that in our lives now, we can show how much we value His offer. And when you next tuck into a slice of toast and honey, remember what the Psalmist says: ‘How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’ (Psalm 119:103) With thanks to Rubery Honey for photograph

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