Hello, Scroll Eaters, and potential Scroll Eaters. If this is your first time here, you may be wondering who and what the Scroll Eaters are, and what Scroll Eating is. The Scroll Eaters is the blog associated with Park Place Baptist Church’s “The Journey: Study” for 2011. For those of you not in the know, the Journey is a five-phase, yearlong emphasis of PPBC on certain aspects of the Christian life. They are “Pray,” “Give,” “Study,” “Go,” and “Mobilize.” “Pray” will entail praying for specific nations, people groups, even continents, on a scheduled basis. ”Give” will consist of dedicated offerings at scheduled points through the year, such as for state missions, debt reduction, food drives, and the like. With “Go” the church is asking each member to give 7 or more days of 2011 to mission service, whether it be a local event or international. In “Mobilize,” the challenge is put to each member of PPBC to evangelize and disciple one non-believer or new believer into these aspects of the Christian life.
Now, for “Study,” we as a church will read the Bible through, chronologically, six days a week. There will be a schedule of readings in the church bulletin, the Baptist Record, on the dedicated Facebook page The Journey: Bible Readers of Park Place (and Friends), and here on The Scroll Eaters.
So, the purpose of this blog is simple: to provide a forum for responses to the reading of the day. Sometimes I’ll teach theology. Often I’ll get philosophical. At times, I’ll be more devotional. Frequently, we’ll venture into what academics call “spiritual formation.” I’ll often link to relevant videos, such as a hymn or concert clip of a song that’s based on that day’s passage. In short, anything relevant goes. Also, in biblical commentaries, you’ll often see “Excursus,” which means “a lengthy, appended exposition of a topic or point; an excursion.” Well, I reserve the right to post excursuses on certain topics if I see fit.
Now, what’s this about “scroll eating”? I chose the title from a biblical image found in Ezekiel 3:1-3. God is speaking to Ezekiel: “Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.’ Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.” A similar image is found in Revelation 10:9, “And I [John] went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, ‘Take it, and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.'”
This image of scroll eating is one of ingesting, or consuming, God’s words. What better image can there be of reading the entire Bible in a year? Now, to be precise, in both cases, the eating of the scroll and the book is specifically about God putting his words in the mouth of a prophet, so that he can then speak God’s word to his people. That’s obviously not the case here; I’m not claiming that God is giving us his words to begin foretelling the future. But for our purpose of “devouring” Scripture, this image is fantastic.
So, my friends, get your fork and knife ready. Soon, we dine on the Word.