The “Disciple Makers” (Teachers) of the Old Covenant used to start the first lesson with a batch of new students by putting a dab of honey out for the pupils to lick. The teachers then repeated the words of Psalm 34:8, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…”
This sensory perception emphasized that the Lord is not simply a rational (Western) concept; but, instead something to be experienced.
Seek To Experience God’s Kingdom
The Hebrew world view – which is our foundation of faith – was more than concept in the way it was thought of and expressed. In their minds, a “concept” was not actually learned until it was concretely experienced.
In other words, the rationale of a truth is critical, but wholly incomplete without the actualized experience. Experience without the guidelines of the rational application of the Scriptures is like a bird attempting to navigate the skies with one wing. However, the “rational only” approach is the same scenario just with the opposite wing by itself.
It is therefore not inappropriate nor inaccurate to say, “Make it your highest pursuit in life to experience as well as understand the rationality of God’s Governmental Rule.”
Breath The Scriptures
How can we advance in experiencing God and His Kingdom? Well, the first thing to understand is that His Kingdom is not a set of static principles to be manipulated.
God’s Kingdom is alive because it came out of Him. He is the Source. Therefore, His Kingdom is a living, breathing expression of Himself.
Meditation – to be more than a mental exercise – starts with the desire to experience being one with His Word. To not only rationally dissect and define points of doctrine. Instead, to allow Holy Spirit to reveal it also through the pictures of your imagination, emotions, and senses. To “feel” what God is saying. In other words, the full process of “the ponder” (Scriptural Meditation).
To meditate is to breath the scriptures allowing Holy Spirit to help you become part of the “fabric” of His living word.
It’s Not An Easy Task
It takes diligence, practice, patience, even a personal plan that leads to a habit. It’s counter productive to what many “rational approaches” to meditation have taught you. It is certainly counterproductive to the religious expressions that worship at the Western alter of Intellect.
But, if it was easy, Jesus would not have had to say “Seek” (even as for hidden treasure).
It is, in fact, very important to do due diligence to good research into accurate word meanings, cultural concepts, etc. But, as you engage directly with Holy Spirit and dig for the gold you will begin to experience Kingdom life on an entirely fresh plane.
Btw…I believe the best way to “engage directly” with Holy Spirit, your Supernatural Tour Guide, is through praying with your spirit (tongues).
Would you like to experience the Zoe Life of God’s Kingdom? If your answer is yes then…..Seek it as your highest priority of life. I, nor Jesus, didn’t say your ONLY priority but your HIGHEST priority.
Questions or comments: Please do so!