I want to share my study of God’s word as it relates to eating honey.
Isaiah, an Old Testament prophet, prophesied that there would be a Messiah and gave us many prophecies concerning Him. One of the most well-known is in Isaiah 7:14-15:
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat , that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
For a Christian, there is no doubt that this prophesy was fulfilled with Jesus Christ. Miraculously, he was born of a virgin (Virgin Mary). His name was not literally Immanuel. This is simply a name derived by prophesy which means “God is with us.” Isaiah is prophesying that God will be with us with the coming of his Son.
Furthermore, verse 15 does not literally mean that Jesus would eat butter and honey in order to give Him power to do God the Father’s will. You see, in Hebrew, “to eat” can be used as a figure of speech that means “to think about.” In English, we have a similar idiom in the word “digest.” I’m sure you’ve often heard people say that they need to “digest” some information. They are going to meditate on the information.
Butter and honey are sweet things. In this passage, they are symbolizing the sweet things of God. Heavenly wisdom, for example. Jesus is going to “digest” or meditate on sweet things such as the Word of God. Consider this passage from Proverbs 24:13-14:
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
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.
It is clear from this passage that honey, which is sweet to taste, represents the knowledge of wisdom. The Book of Proverbs is all about wisdom. And not just any wisdom. But heavenly wisdom. Wisdom of God. This is the wisdom that Jesus partook of fully when he dwelt with God before he was born on the earth. This wisdom existed with God from the beginning. Consider Proverbs 8 which speaks of wisdom being “…set up from everlasting, from the beginning…” What Isaiah 7:14-15 makes clear is that Jesus would partake of this wisdom in his earthly life too.
Some people take the Isaiah prophesy to mean that Jesus would receive things afforded to people of wealth. You see, butter and honey was bought by people who were at least middle-class in Jesus’ day. In fact, Jesus did receive a middle-class education (which was pretty good back in Jesus’ day). We know from the Infancy Gospel of Thomas that Jesus learned Greek and then Hebrew when he was a child. So Jesus was tri-lingual as he, of course, spoke Aramaic. Perhaps the Isaiah prophesy means that Jesus would be well-educated (like a child in a middle-to-upper-class family) and thus he would know good from evil.
In conclusion, this prophesy is one of the most wonderful accounts of Jesus in the Old Testament. How beautiful that God revealed unto Isaiah that Jesus would be born of a virgin. This prophesy testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ as it was foreordained. At least as early as this Old Testament prophet do we know just how miraculous the birth of Jesus was going to be.
I pray that all of you eat the same butter and honey that Jesus ate. I see nothing wrong with adding butter or honey to your bread that you eat with what Jesus allotted you to eat — bread and water.