PAUL HARVEY, MUCH-beloved radio personality, once quipped, “Vegetarian is an old Indian word for ‘doesn’t hunt well…’”[i]
I like vegetables, but I am no vegetarian. I like meat – all kinds. I like beef, pork, chicken, fish, and squirrel. You didn’t expect the last one, did you? Did you forget I grew up in rural Alabama?
I’m convinced there are many Bible vegetarians today. There is no meat in their diet because they don’t hunt well. They do not search or hunt through the Scriptures as they should. Jesus declared, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5.39). Had the Pharisees truly searched, they would have known that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah (John 7.52).
In contrast to the Pharisees, the Bereans were great hunters. Of them, Luke records, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17.11).
THOUGHT: What about us? How well do we hunt (2 Timothy 2.15)? Are we Bible vegetarians?
If we are searching the Scriptures as we should, there will be plenty of meat in our diets. In fact, there might even be some strong meat or squirrel (Hebrews 5.12-14). Don’t knock it until you have tried it! It tastes kind of like chicken. Wade L. Webster
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5.12-14
[i] Wait, Marianne. Laughter: The Best Medicine. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Publishing Company, Inc., 2006, p. 204.
— Mike Benson