The Taser's Edge


Oh, (Pseudo) Barnabas!

One spiritual discipline that I don’t hear about often enough is reading devotional literature alongside Scripture.  So I’ve been reading the Apostolic Fathers…devotionally.  I can’t jump on board for all the Epistle of Barnabas’ read of Mosaic dietary law, but this is great (from Epistle of Barnabas 10:11, this edition):

Again Moses says: “Eat anything that has a divided hoof and chews the cud.”  Why does he say this?  Because when it receives food it knows the one who is feeding it and, relying upon him, appears to rejoice…What then does it mean?  Associate with those who fear the Lord, with those who meditate in their heart on the special significance of the word which they have received, with those who proclaim and obey the Lord’s commandments, with those who know that meditation is a labor of joy and who ruminate on the word of the Lord.  But why does he mention “the divided hoof”?  Because the righteous person not only lives in this world but also looks forward to the holy age to come.  Observe what a wise lawgiver Moses was!

Ruminate is such a good word.  And it’s a good word choice for describing the way to approach Scripture.  Don’t be afraid to get your saliva on it.


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