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Lessons From The Honeycomb

The English word "honey" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon (the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons, in what is today Germany) word, hunig, which referred to the sweet yellow liquid that is naturally produced by bees. The "comb" in "honeycomb" originated from another ancient Anglo-Saxon word, cumb, which meant a valley, or a vessel; it was used to refer to the cells produced by bees to store their food-supply honey (the other English word "comb," referring a device for arranging hair, originated from a different Anglo-Saxon word, comb, which meant a crest i.e. the fleshy, serrated outgrowths on the heads of some birds, such as chickens).

"Honeycomb" is most-often used to translate the Hebrew word of the Scriptures, pronounced no-feth, which meant to shake apart and dripping i.e. it described what was done, and what then happened, with honeycombs rather than the "honeycomb" itself.

"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul"

Israel's first king was Saul (see Israelite Monarchy - The Origin). He was later replaced by David (see Israelite Monarchy - The Civil War) after Saul proved himself to be an erratic and foolish man, including this example when he sent his army into battle hungry. When Saul's own battle-commander son Jonathan declared that "my father hath troubled the land," and allowed the famished men to eat ("I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey"), Saul ordered Jonathan executed - an order prevented by the army itself ("14:45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not" 1 Samuel 14:45 KJV).

The Holy Scriptures

"14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.

14:25 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground. 14:26 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath. 14:27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. 14:28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint.

14:29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey." (1 Samuel 14:24-29 KJV)

King David (see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom) may have been referring in part to that incident with the honeycomb in his Psalm about obedience to the LORD - something that Saul consistently chose to ignore.

"19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward." (Psalm 19:7-11 KJV)

Numerous chumps throughout history have been destroyed by "honeypot" traps set up by their political or religious enemies - none of which could have happened if they had been obeying the Law of the LORD against adultery and fornication.

"5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell." (Proverbs 5:1-5 KJV)

On the other hand, obedience to the LORD is "as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul."

"16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. 16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly. 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." (Proverbs 16:20-24 KJV)

"24:13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: 24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off." (Proverbs 24:13-14 KJV)

John the Baptist (see The Prophets: John The Baptist) was very familiar with honeycombs from his diet of "locusts and wild honey."

"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins." (Matthew 3:1-6 KJV)

After His resurrection, The Messiah appeared to His disciples, during which He ate with them i.e. "they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb."

"24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he showed them his hands and his feet. 24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb." (Luke 24:36-42 KJV)

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