Eat the Honey

1 Sam 14:27 – … 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.


The Bible is likened to apples, bread, meat, milk, and honey. David said it was “sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” In this passage Saul prevents the weary, worn warriors from tasting the honey. He is like Satan, who wants to keep you away from the sweet honey of the word of God.

We notice first the appeal of honey. Here was something that was both good and viewed as a gift. When Jacob sent his sons back to the mysterious governor of Egypt, he sent “a little honey” as token of appreciation (Gen. 43:11). It is good eat it! It is a gift from the Lord of Glory to His children – eat it!

The accessibility of the honey was apparent. It was all over the ground where they could get it, just like the Bible. It is written in a plain manner (Prov. 8:9). It also destroys bacteria. It contains vitamins B, C, D, and E. It promotes energy and healing. It helps depression, is used as an antiseptic and salve for burns and injuries. It was exactly what the soldiers needed and the honey of the word is just what you need. Eat the honey!

But Saul had animosity against the honey (vss. 24-28). He argued that they didn’t have time for stopping to eat. They had to stay busy and keep fighting. This was all wrong then, as it is today. You need to take time and make time for the word of God!

The advantage of eating honey was that it brought perception (vss. 27-29); it was proactive (vss. 29-30) as well as preventative. If you eat the honey of the word of God now, it may stop you from eating the junk food of the world later (vs. 32). You can’t keep living off of Sunday’s reserves. You need to dip your rod in the honeycomb and eat. You are too faint not too! Eat the honey!

About the Author: Pastor David Walker