September 27, 2013

Feasting on God’s Word . . . Literally

by Brittany Tedesco

The other day I opened my Bible to the book of Ezekiel and read the passage where God commands Ezekiel to literally eat a scroll containing His Word. Fortunately for him, the scroll tasted sweet.

I immediately thought of *Bayani Leyson.

Bayani is a ministry leader from the Philippines who spends his time sharing the gospel with primitive tribes in the island jungles that comprise the country’s archipelago. Some of these tribes are cannibalistic.

You’d think cannibals would be the most dangerous thing Bayani would encounter in those jungles. But the communist New People’s Army can sometimes present a more formidable threat. Their concealed campgrounds are scattered throughout the thick foliage, and they don’t take too kindly to strangers. If captured by them, a person’s very survival can depend upon whether or not he has a gift (read: bribe) for them. Bayani usually does. One time it was a few bottles of amoxicillin.

But one time, he was empty-handed.

Closing in around him, members of the New People’s Army took out their weapons. One of them grabbed the Bible from Bayani’s hand. “This is it,” he thought, “I’m dead.”

But oddly enough, instead of killing Bayani, the leader of that particular camp tore a page from Bayani’s Bible and ordered him to eat it.

Bayani placed the crumpled page into his mouth, and began chewing…and chewing…and chewing.

Unlike Ezekiel’s scroll, Bayani described his “scroll” as “a little dry.” He joked with our staff during a visit to Christian Aid that the page could’ve used some salt.

Thus, Bayani, after literally swallowing God’s Word, managed to escape the communists completely unscathed. Paper isn’t even harmful to the digestive tract. I know because I recently ate some.

A few days ago, I headed to my favorite pizzeria for two slices of plain cheese. My mouth watered as the slices were handed to me, right out of the oven. But as I was about to take a bite, I noticed the grease pooled on top of the cheese. No matter. Napkins would soak that up. I threw some on the pizza, closed the box, and went next door on a quick errand. When I came back to my pizza, I found that the napkins had adhered to the hot cheese. The only way to remove the napkins from the pizza was to remove the cheese right along with it. A terrible first world problem.

But then…Ezekiel came to mind. Bayani came to mind. I ate the pizza AND the napkin. Not half bad. Thanks guys!

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