Day 54: Mind-Opening Seafood

I’ll never forget the first time I ate eggs and liked them.

 

That’s right, for the first 20 years of his life, this avid foodie disliked eggs. It didn’t matter how they were cooked or what they were served with. For whatever reason, I had a mental block against these white, oblong jewels and refused to eat them.

 

Then one day in college, on a whim I decided to try an egg on a burger. It had been so long since I’d even tried eggs; maybe my palate had changed. So I cooked a burger and plopped a fried egg on top. I winced when I applied the top bun and watched the runny yolk consume the patty, but I was committed. 

 

It was absolutely delicious.

 

And just like that, the floodgates were opened. Suddenly, I couldn’t get enough eggs: scrambled, eggs Benedict, deviled eggs, omelettes… you name it, I wanted to eat it. 

 

Sometimes I feel the same way with Bible verses or passages. I can read a particular verse dozens of times and find little meaning in it… but then, for whatever reason, one time something special will hit me, and I’ll discover something completely new.

 

This phenomenon is kind of similar to what happened to the disciples in Luke 24. As we examined in yesterday’s blog, Jesus appeared to them in a closed room after His resurrection. The disciples couldn’t believe that this was really their Jesus, so as proof He took a piece of broiled fish and ate it. 

 

Who knows how many times Jesus did this very act with the disciples. They were constantly together over the course of about three years, and considering a few of them were avid fishermen, it’s safe to bet seafood was a consistent part of the group’s diet.

 

But as Jesus chewed, “he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45) Jesus was leaving the earth to return to Heaven, and He needed the disciples to continue what He started. In order to do so, He left them with an important message:

 

“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:46-49)

What Jesus promised here was completely new and changed the game forever: the Holy Spirit (Acts 2). But while the message was new, the manner in which He delivered it (eating fish) was something recognized by the disciples. 

 

This is why, no matter how many times you’ve read a passage of the Bible, you should continue to read and meditate on it. You never know when God is going to open your mind to a new truth that you missed before. Maybe a recent life experience taught you something important that gives the verse new meaning. Perhaps you learned something about Jesus in the time since you last read the verse that completely changes its meaning.

 

Whatever the case, never stop reading the Bible. Dive into the Word daily and look for new revelations. No one understands this book fully, and God always has something new to show you.

Who knows? You might just discover a newfound love for eggs.