The Fatness of His House
Wisdom's Corner
The Fatness of His House

During Bible times, it was custom that an honored guest be given a good meal to eat to satisfy any hunger. The visitor would also be given something good to drink to quench the thirst. The guest was to be made to feel at home.

If there was an animal that could be killed and prepared quickly for the guest it was done. And usually it was a very good animal that was served to the guest. This was known as giving of the fatness of one's house. The best that the home owner could find was given to the guest. And the guest would be asked to eat as much as he wanted.

The drink to quench thirst would be given in great amounts. It was sometimes said that the drink should flow as a river to satisfy the thirst of a guest.

In Psalm 36:8, we read, "They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures."

God makes us the honored guests at his dinner table. He will give us the very best spiritual food and drink that He has to give. We will be totally satisfied with what He gives us. And the food and drink is the Word of God, the Bible. He has given it to us to eat. All we have to do is eat it -- in other words, we need to read it and study it.

In ancient times, the home owner would have been insulted if the guest refused to eat what had been prepared. The best the owner had was being given to honor the guest. To refuse to eat and drink was a great insult.

Until next time, keep reading and studying your Bible. Do not insult God by refusing to eat the spiritual food He has prepared and given to you. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1999

Published by The Old Paths Bible School